Our team of advisers have a wide range of skills and experience that they use to help the jobseekers
Colin Webb – Client Adviser and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Colin has a Level 6 Diploma in Career Advice and Guidance and provides specialist support to ex-offenders. Colin previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Colin started his career as a researcher for Glaxo, he gained a Doctorate and was responsible for clinical operations in the US for Amgen before becoming their Director of Development for Europe. Colin is Chairman of our Board of Trustees with special responsibility for Human Resources. Colin is a keen gardener and has volunteered with the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew Gardens.
Amanda Hughes – Senior Client Adviser and Operations Manager
Amanda holds a level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance. Having played a key role in the development of our Job Club, Amanda now offers one to one advice sessions from our Outreach venues and plays a key role in our day to day operations. Amanda is also our Management PA and Secretary to our Board of Trustees having previously worked as a Secretary at an Independent School and also as a PA to the Managing Director of a furniture company in Hertfordshire. In her spare time, Amanda indulges in her love of arts and crafts.
Sue Lahache – Senior Careers Adviser
Sue is a Level 6 registered member of the Careers Development Institute and also holds a Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring, a Level 3 qualification in counselling skills and brief therapies and a Diploma in Youth and Community work. She has broad experience gained from working at Lewes Prison, with ex-offenders on work programmes and with long-term unemployed adults in the community. Sue also leads our course on Advice and Options for Jobseekers aged 50+.
Jo Whiteman – Senior Client Adviser
After retiring from teaching, Jo joined People Matter in 2014 as a Client Adviser before becoming our Director of Operations in 2015 until her second retirement in 2020. As well as spending more time with family, friends and walks with the dog, Jo continues with us as Senior Client Adviser and also delivers our CAMEO course. Jo has the National Qualification for Headship and as a teacher in the special education sector, taught just about every subject but specialised in Food Technology, Personal and Social Education and Careers. In 2015, Jo achieved the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance in Development.
Rachel Wells – Client Adviser
Rachel graduated from Reading University with a BSc(hons) in Engineering Science. She then went on to pursue a career in IT, culminating in becoming a director of an IT consultancy based in Milton Keynes. During her career, Rachel worked in a variety of companies in various industry sectors including Argos, Nationwide Trust, Barclays, Mothercare and Beiersdorf UK. As director, Rachel was responsible for managing projects and staff recruitment. Having taken a long career break to bring up her sons, she started volunteering with People Matter in 2018. Rachel is currently studying for a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance.
Vanessa Howard – Client Adviser
Vanessa joined the People Matter team in Autumn 2016. Following a Degree at Leeds University she completed a post-graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance. Since then she has worked as a Careers Adviser in secondary schools and a Further Education College, a Disability Adviser in Higher Education and in various other roles, mainly in the educational sector. In her spare time she enjoys reading, country walking and gardening.
Anneke Langford – Client Adviser
Career Coach Anneke joined People Matter in 2019 and brings her passion for using people’s strengths to navigate career roadblocks and crossroads. Anneke also offers extensive senior professional services leadership experience gained from her time as Chambers Director of a leading set of Barristers Chambers in London and from holding a number of management appointments with legal firms, an American economics consultancy group and Director level positions with two start-up satellite service provider entities. Anneke holds a Masters Degree in Coaching and Mentoring.
Andrew Mann – Client Adviser
Andrew has more than 30 years industrial and recruitment experience. For the last 17 years he has worked in international executive search across the industrial sector where he led executive search businesses and since 2006 in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Americas regions. Andrew began his career with British Steel later moving via the Japanese trading firm Mitsui to the oil industry. He is married with two grown up children and, in addition to his work with People Matter, volunteers with the National Trust and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Ray Dadswell – Adviser/Tutor
Ray uses his skills as a listener and encourager in his role as an Adviser and Tutor at People Matter. Ray previously lived and worked in South East Asia for 13 years and now teaches English to adult students from overseas. Ray specialises in supporting jobseekers from abroad. In his spare time, Ray helps to run the Eastbourne International Café and is Chaplain to the Eastbourne Theatres and to the Eastbourne Air Training Corps.