Executive Committee

David McMullan – Honorary President

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David McMullan is Honorary President of Careers SpringBoard Gerrards Cross, a Trustee and a member of the Executive Team.
Prior to retirement in 1990, David was Chairman of International Operations at SmithKline Beecham. In early 1991 was invited to give a talk at the newly formed Springboard which led to helping with the organising and administration of weekly meetings. He served for three years as Chairman and is currently responsible for advising members on how to create an effective C.V.

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Andy Low – Chairman

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Andy is a Trustee, a member of the Executive Team and the current Chairman of Careers Springboard. He is responsible for the overall management of the volunteer team and also is one of the speakers on the roster, delivering talks on Networking and CV writing to both the Gerrards Cross group and our sister organisation that meets in Slough.
Andy is also a Career Transition coach with LHH/Penna, the UK’s leading executive outplacement firm, which helps senior managers looking for new roles in the workplace. In this role he also delivers specialist support in marketing and all things to do with working and relocating internationally. He has a Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills from an accredited International Coach Federation training affiliate and delivers 1:1 executive coaching to senior managers. He takes up Interim management opportunities on occasion, utilising skills developed during a 30 year full time career in International Consumer products businesses, including two separate spells working and living in the USA. 

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Stephen Smith – Programme Co-ordinator, Vice Chairman

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Stephen is a Trustee and a member of the Executive Team. As a volunteer, he is currently Chair of the Programme Committee and is responsible for the production of the Careers Springboard programme of events which is published three times per year. He works to get expert speakers delivering focussed presentations weekly which better arm and motivate our members in their Job-search.

He occasionally talks on portfolio careers and the global markets in which he has worked for the past 8 years.
Stephen has years of experience in Sales, Business Development and Consulting roles and has built and sold three companies. He is CEO and Founder of Gladiator Capital, a Foreign Exchange Trading firm, which develops and runs Trading Systems and provides mentoring services to Traders and informally to Careers Springboard members. He has Trading and Financial Market Analysis Certification from a top UK proprietary Trading firm and is qualified to Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner.  

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Linda Denny

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Linda is a Trustee and a member of the Executive Team, former Vice Chair and current member of the Programme Committee. She supports the Chair and Vice Chair by working on the Charity’s strategy, general communication and organisation as well as arranging speakers and fulfilling other ad hoc duties. She enjoys helping on the night with giving talks, chairing and generally meeting members and new members and making them feel welcome.

Linda runs her own business, The Smart Coaching Co, which helps individuals, teams and organisations understand how to improve their performance using their strengths and managing their weaknesses to move forward and develop. She specialises in developing soft skills using coaching, mentoring and facilitation plus a dash of neuroscience and psychology. She has also developed a keen interest in working with professionals going through career transition. She is a Professional Coach, has a degree in Psychology and Anthropology and a Post- graduate diploma in Human Resources. 

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tbc – Secretary

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Ian Barber – Contact for Coaching Sessions and Interview Practice

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Ian is a Trustee, Member of the Executive Team and a former Chairman of Careers Springboard.
Although a member of the Programme Committee for more than 12 years, his main role at present is in coordinating Members’ requests for Coaching either of a General Job Search nature or specifically for Interview Preparation and Practice. Each of our 7 Coaches is professionally qualified and most Coaching sessions take place on a Monday evening in break out rooms alongside the main Programme event. Increasingly however, Coaching can be accessed via Skype and/or on other weekdays.

Ian is now enjoying his well earned retirement, following a 50 year career as a chartered accountant. He started in the profession with Touche Ross, now part of Deloitte, before taking on a number of management and director roles in mainly American computer corporations, specialising in financial planning and lease financing. This was followed by many years in his own business as an Interim and Project Manager often in the Retail environment. In the early nineties, Ian benefitted enormously from being a Member at Careers Springboard in Gerrards Cross. To follow 

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John Pope – CV Coordinator

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John Pope is a retired Career Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing and services industries. His career includes project management and internal and external consultancy roles in such prominent organisations as H J Heinz, the De La Rue Group, PA Management Consultants, Metal Box and the Stock Exchange. This was followed by 15 years as a Senior Career Consultant with Sanders & Sidney, one of the first outplacement consultancies in the UK (later absorbed by Penna). There he counselled individuals drawn from the professions and from senior and middle management in a very wide range of sectors and functions.  He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

John is a Trustee and advises members on CV Preparation and Interview Preparation/Practice, concentrating on the content of answers to likely, and sometimes awkward, interview questions.  

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Francis Thompson – Treasurer

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Francis Thompson is a Trustee, member of the Executive Committee and has the role of Treasurer. He is responsible for keeping the accounts so that Careers Springboard can confidently continue to offer its services to those seeking guidance, help and companionship in their endeavours to establish their careers.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Francis’s career was in finance and then industry.

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Ralph Baker – Administrator

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Ralph is a Trustee and a member of the Executive Team. He is currently responsible for the administration of Careers Springboard. Ralph has a small team of volunteers who help him to manage the registration of new members, the weekly newsletter, the Linkedin site and the generation of the statistics that our funders and exec team need.

Ralph has recently retired from a long and varied career in a number of different roles and industries. 

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Richard Lambert – Volunteer

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Richard is a Trustee, former Chair Person and current Executive Committee member of Careers Springboard at Gerrards Cross. Drawing on several years of experience with Careers Springboard, Richard helps in a variety of ways with the running of the charity – chairing Monday meetings, presentations, providing advice and suggestions. He is the first and principal contact for those Careers Springboard members seeking counselling services.

His background is the management of large scale, single and multi-site service facilities, in senior roles with operational, customer service and commercial responsibilities. Industry sectors have been food service and healthcare.

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Rosie Miller – Coach

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Rosie is a Trustee and a member of the Executive Team. As a volunteer, she specialises in Interview Practice using video feedback to help Members polish their performance. Members get help with the content of their answers as well as feedback on their language and body language. Rosie also runs a very popular free resilience and well-being course to help Members be resilient and positive while job-seeking.

Rosie runs her own business, ChangeWave, which helps leaders to bring people with them through change. She specialises in the people dynamics of change and provides services such as executive coaching, mainly to managers and leaders in organisations. She is a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation, has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and is an NLP Master Practitioner. 

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Raj Patel – Digital Services

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Raj is a Trustee and a member of the Executive Team. As a volunteer, he is driving the Digital Services for the group.

Raj runs his own business, ImproveCX, which specialises in Customer Experience, Knowledge Management and Search Engine Optimisation. He has been steering, delivering and helping Global and SME companies deliver enterprise solutions in EMEA and US.  Raj is a cricket coach, mentor and qualified as a NLP Master Practitioner. 

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