YOUR CAREER SUPPORT TEAM

We are experienced business coaches, educationalists and communicators with a shared goal: to help you find the job you want, and launch your career.

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Paul Van Casteren

BUSINESS COACH

Founder and lead consultant of Potential Development; 20 years’ board-level corporate coaching experience; international assignments in professional development, team-building and leadership; early career as an outdoor education instructor

AND loves the outdoors

We can all be more than we believe we can. My passion is helping people to be the best they can be through belief in their potential.
— Paul Van Casteren
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Janet Gordon

PRESENTATION SKILLS TRAINER

Founder and director of Blue Starfish consulting; taught theatre and drama, ran White Light theatre company in Spain and worked as a theatre director for 10 years before moving into business coaching; 15 years’ experience helping leaders present with impact; assignments with RBS International, BUPA, Coutts Bank and O2; previously Head of Change for EA Consulting

AND loves Spanish culture

I love to see people find their strengths as communicators. My work uses techniques from theatre and neurolinguistic programming to give people confidence and influence in a professional environment.
— JANET GORDON
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Thomas Heath

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Founder and director of The Art of Explaining since 2008, helping organisations of all sizes to communicate with impact; assignments with Prudential, RXUK, AngloAmerica, NBCUniversal and the NHS; Cambridge graduate with an earlier successful career teaching geography; lively facilitator in communication skills (and music…)

AND whitewater kayaking in five continents

My work is about enabling people to get a clear view of what they value and explain it with impact. As the social age unfolds the whole idea of a career is changing in exciting ways, making it even more vital to work out your story.
— Thomas Heath
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Andrew Hadley

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONALIST

Co-founder and director of the Centre for International Learning and Leadership; successful previous career at the British Council working in China, Africa and Europe; more than 30 years experience leading international educational and cultural projects; Oxford graduate and former English teacher; awarded MBE

AND speaks many languages

Throughout my career, I’ve experienced how people’s lives are enriched by learning, living and working across cultures. My own children’s career prospects have undoubtedly been improved by their international experiences. Applying for jobs is difficult for young people, so I want to help them to get the same kind of advantage.
— Andrew Hadley
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Trevor Keough

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Co-founder and director of the Centre for International Learning and Leadership; Co-founder and director of Momentum World; entrepreneur establishing the Glaramara Outdoor Centre in the Lake District National Park; previously a British Army Officer focused on operations and training at Battalion level

AND Chairman of Keswick Rugby Club

Being able to tell your story, present your strengths and face interviews with confidence — these are the skills that transformed my own son’s job prospects and have inspired me to apply my operations knowledge in making this kind of learning experience available.
— Trevor Keough
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Lauren Oxspring

HOSPITALITY AND WELLBEING

Founder and director of The Table catering company; background in training, marketing and brand development with Sony Ericsson and Heineken; 18 years co-running a successful business creating musicals for primary schools; lifetime of professional experience in food and catering

AND international percussion artist

I’ve enjoyed a career path with plenty of variety and I hope sharing my experiences will prove valuable to you — ask me lots of questions! My love of wellbeing, mindfulness and eating well will play a big part too — I’m looking forward to a chat over dinner with you.
— Lauren Oxspring
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