Lifetime Achievement Award: Biographies
Lynda joined AGCAS in 1972 when it was still SCUAS (Standing Conference of University Appointments Services) and has supported AGCAS throughout her career at The University of Edinburgh as Careers Adviser, Senior Careers Adviser and Director. Early on, she contributed to AGCAS Scotland as representative at a Scottish Office Committee monitoring teacher supply and determining entry standards to teacher training. She later joined the AGCAS Teaching Profession Sub-Committee. Lynda led the Scottish Graduate Careers Partnership team developing self-help materials for graduates. Recognising the career issues faced by contract researchers, she contributed to the development of self-help materials for researchers, and the training of staff in Scotland in the delivery of workshops. This experience led to the co-authorship of the self-help book for researchers, Moving on in your career. Lynda’s deep interest in training and professional development led to her chairing the Scottish Training Committee and membership of the national Training and Development Committee. As Professional Development Coordinator on the AGCAS Executive Committee (1998–2001), she had a leading role in the development of quality standards and an accreditation system for AGCAS. She was a member of the HECSU Board (1999-2003), the Guidance Council (1998-2000) and the QAA group developing the CEIG section of the QAA Institutional Code (1998-2000). Lynda’s most satisfying contribution was as training adviser on the Guidance Skills residential course, delivering training based on what has become known as the ‘Ali-Graham’ model based on the co-authored book, The Counselling Approach to Careers Guidance.
Val has an international reputation in the higher education careers arena. She joined AGCAS in 1984 when appointed Head of the Careers Service at the College of Ripon and York St John. Val ran her first Group Work course for AGCAS in 1984 and chaired the Training Sub-Committee from 1989-91 and, since then, she has contributed to very many AGCAS courses and conferences. Her thoughtful and knowledgeable work within AGCAS, and internationally, includes career development learning, policy and strategy, PDP, enterprise, and employability, alongside her valuable, innovative and entertaining new approaches for careers and academic staff. Her active contribution includes her continued collaboration with AGCAS during her work as Director of Enterprise in Higher Education and Principal Adviser for Higher Education and Employment, both at the University of Leeds, when she co-authored a report with Ben Ball on the impact of EHE on student skill development. Latterly, as Senior Adviser for Employability at the Higher Education Academy and partner in the ESECT Project, her valuable knowledge and tireless work to promote employability and career development learning have inspired and supported many AGCAS members. Val’s strength, used to excellent effect for AGCAS and FEDORA, has been the development of networks for exchanging good practice in HE careers services across Europe and, in 2004, she received a CRAC 40th Anniversary Medal for her outstanding contribution.
Tony’s AGCAS career spanned 10 years while he was Director of the Oxford University Careers Service before retiring in 2006. Previously, Tony spent 25 years working for the Home Office, his final role being Director of Personnel and Finance for the Prison Service. Tony’s talents and commitment made him an obvious candidate for the AGCAS Board and he became Treasurer (2002-2004) and then President (2004-2006), holding both roles with distinction and success. A popular member of the Senior Common Room at New College, Oxford, Tony was well liked and respected within AGCAS, introducing newcomers to the workings of the AGCAS Board and generously sharing his wisdom and experience. Tony played a key role in AGCAS during a difficult period for the Association, working with his predecessor and the CEO, and with HECSU and GP, to find a solution that benefited all parties in the negotiations regarding the provision and publication of AGCAS information products and the level of the charitable donation to AGCAS. The resulting agreement and its smooth implementation were a credit to Tony’s affability and diplomatic skills with heads of service, GP/HECSU and AGCAS Board members, as well as his attention to detail and ability to 'crank the figures'. But despite his professional seniority, Tony always felt that working with students was "the best bit about the job".
Ann worked initially as an LEA Careers Adviser in Bradford and Liverpool before joining the Careers Service at the University of Southampton in 1987, joining AGCAS TDSC in 1989 and, in 1991-2, helped establish the AGCAS/Reading qualifications in Career Guidance (HE). Ann contributed as a trainer to various regional and national courses and, in 1993, became Chair of TDSC leading on initiatives such as the AGCAS Mentoring Scheme and the expansion of the qualification module options. In 1995, Ann was elected to the AGCAS Board as Professional Development Coordinator, taking forward the quality agenda, liaising with the newly-established Guidance Council and the Guidance Accreditation Board (GAB). She represented the HE sector in establishing externally-accredited quality standards for IAG. Once the AGCAS Board decided in 1997 to establish quality standards for HE careers services, Ann became the project manager and made a huge contribution, developing the initial set of six standards, working closely with heads of service and the Guidance Council and GAB. Her diplomatic work in those early days laid the foundations for the eventual acceptance both internally and externally of the AGCAS Quality Standards that were initially implemented in 2001. After this, Ann continued to act as an AGCAS trainer, notably helping to establish a new Reading qualification module, Enhancing the Quality of your Service, in 2000. Ann became Head of Service at Southampton in 2001 and continued to play a part in the AGCAS community, in particular acting as a mentor to new heads of service, especially in the smaller institutions in the region.
Sheila became a careers adviser in 1981 after setting up an educational guidance service for adults in north east England and extensive lecturing experience with adults for the Open University and Durham and Newcastle universities. After eight years at Sunderland Polytechnic, first as a Careers Adviser, later as Head of Service, she moved to York to head up the service of what is now York St John University. For twenty years she was actively involved in AGCAS at national level: chairing or serving as secretary of AGCAS sub-committees and working parties on Sex Equality and Older Graduates; helping to set up new groups, such as Access and Careers Education; and writing and editing information booklets and for Phoenix. Her national contribution culminated in service on the AGCAS Executive Committee (now Board) as Professional Development Coordinator (1993–95) with responsibility for training and quality issues, including vetting services seeking AGCAS membership. In the active Yorkshire Heads group, she has been involved both in formulating policy and, at institutional level, in implementing major regional initiatives, particularly under the Graduates Yorkshire umbrella, and wider enterprise projects. A strong and articulate advocate for the needs of non-traditional students and an important voice in relation to graduate opportunities in rural, SME-dominated local economies, Sheila has shown that core professional values and new initiatives are not mutually exclusive.
Margaret has earned AGCAS an international reputation in the higher education careers arena and is highly regarded for her passion, commitment and professionalism. Working at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, she joined AGCAS in 1977, serving as member/chair on many committees including Schools Liaison, Sex Equality, Training and Professional Development, Finance, Publications and Credentials. As well as writing and training for AGCAS, Margaret was active in AGCAS Scotland as Training Co-ordinator, Treasurer and Convener (1986-88) and played a number of roles in the Scottish Graduate Careers Partnership (1992-98). In 1987, she joined the AGCAS Standing Committee as Professional Development Co-ordinator, becoming Treasurer from 1989-91. She then became Director of the Careers Service at Heriot-Watt University, rejoining what had become the AGCAS Executive Committee in 1993 as Vice-President and becoming President from 1995-98. Margaret served on the CSU (now HECSU) Management Committee and on the AGCAS/AGR Officers Group from 1993-98. In addition, she was an active member of FEDORA (European Forum for Student Guidance) from its foundation in 1988, serving as Vice-President and President between 1998-2004 and helping to establish AGCAS' reputation across Europe.
In 1998, Margaret became Director of Student Affairs at Heriot-Watt, a role providing invaluable senior management experience and an opportunity to join the first cohort of the Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme. In 2002, she became AGCAS Chief Executive, working with the Board to lead and develop the Association, building strong links with AGR and GP/HECSU and representing AGCAS to UK wide government departments, HE funding councils and employer and professional bodies, as well as managing government-funded projects, eg PMI2, ESECT and Delivering Quality. Margaret has represented AGCAS at national and international levels, speaking at conferences in 15 countries. She introduced and developed the AGCAS Awards, led on the transfer of the AGCAS qualifications to The University of Warwick, played a central role in AGCAS quality and impact measurement developments, and managed and co-edited the AGCAS history publication, Reflections on Change, in 2007. Margaret has enhanced AGCAS's profile within the UK and overseas, proving a dedicated, caring and positive ambassador for our profession.
Keith’s AGCAS Lifetime Achievement Award, won as both a careers professional and former AGCAS President and key supporter of AGCAS through KPMG and AGR, is a tribute to his exceptional talents and contribution over 30 years. After Sunderland Polytechnic, Keith headed up the Careers Service at Strathclyde University from 1989. Having been AGCAS Secretary and Vice-President, Keith took on the challenge of the AGCAS presidency, helping take our profession into the technological era through negotiations which secured Prospects HE (Planner) for the CSU/AGCAS partnership. From 1991-1994 Keith project managed the highly successful Scottish Graduate Careers Programme funded by Scottish Enterprise and, in 1994, he became Director of the Careers Service of the University of Manchester and UMIST. Here too Keith’s leadership was transformational, bringing substantial funding and his entrepreneurial talents as a trail-blazer in developing career management modules, career planning for postgraduate research students and new forms of staff appraisal, and he was always willing to share his expertise with AGCAS colleagues. After 2001, in his new role as Graduate Recruitment Manager for KPMG, Keith continued to collaborate closely with AGCAS, also giving frank, constructive feedback to services on their image among employers and how they might 'raise their game'. This dual perspective has been invaluable to the AGCAS community.
Margaret has worked at the University of Birmingham since 1991. She has been an integral member of the careers department for 22 years and is due to retire this year. Right from the early stages of her career in higher education (HE), Margaret proved to be fundamental to AGCAS, holding the part-time position of Information Projects Manager from 1993-1998. The role was a pioneering one with the brief of converting what were until then purely paper-based AGCAS information booklets into the then new-fangled web format for the Graduate Prospects website.
More recently, Margaret has become known as an expert for AGCAS on all things education and teaching. As Chair of the AGCAS Teaching Task Group she initiated teaching conferences for undergraduates wanting to find PGCE places. Margaret is also an excellent researcher and writer. She has written many AGCAS publications, especially, but not only, on teaching.
Margaret is well known amongst many colleagues both at Birmingham and throughout AGCAS for the excellent quality of her work, her professional standards as a careers practitioner, her innovation and execution on projects, as well as a valued friend and supporter.
In July Carl retired from his position as Chief Executive of the Association of Gradate Recruiters (AGR) - a post that he has occupied for over 15 years. During that time he has demonstrated a strong and brave commitment to fair access to higher education (HE) and widening participation, with what must have felt sometimes like a lone crusade to encourage more leading employers to draw on graduates from a broader range of universities.
Carl has been a tireless supporter of HE careers services, travelling across the UK on hundreds of occasions to speak at careers service events, fairs, seminars and conferences and helping graduate recruiters understand our sector. Although he is a business man - and a very successful one - Carl has always seemed, at heart, one of us.
Carl has also been a great supporter of AGCAS itself. It was under his direction that the AGR invited the AGCAS President to join the AGR Board of Directors. During the last year Carl's ongoing support has been crucial in terms of gaining national attention for the joint AGCAS/AGR Graduate Success project. He richly deserves this lifetime achievement award.
Jeff joined the University of Bristol as a careers adviser in 1987. He went on to become Director of the Careers Service and is now Director of Student Services and Employability.
Jeff contributed to our association from the very beginning. For example, in the run up to the Single European Market in the early 1990s, he was an AGCAS Euro Adviser, one of a group of AGCAS members who helped higher education (HE) careers services understand and adapt to the then novel concept of a European, and later global, graduate labour market. Internationally, he was an active member of FEDORA, a groundbreaking association of European careers professionals.
Jeff continued to make a significant contribution to AGCAS as a Board member from 1999-2002, latterly in the role of Vice-President. At this time, he played a significant role in ensuring that the relationship between AGCAS and Graduate Prospects was based on a business model as well as one based on historic ties, a relationship that is still valued today. He continued to be involved in AGCAS governance as a Company Law Member from 2004-2008 and has always fully encouraged the same sort of involvement from his staff.
Barbara Graham's influence on AGCAS and the wider careers/employment world is extensive and she has made a very significant contribution to AGCAS from 1974 to the present day. Barbara has carried out a huge variety of AGCAS roles and is very highly regarded both within and outside the profession. Her contributions, too numerous to list, include management and leadership roles in the AGCAS Scotland Management Committee, the Scottish Graduate Careers Partnership and on the predecessor to the AGCAS Board. These roles involved successful funding bids, liaising with government departments and HE bodies, employer organisations and the media as a spokesperson for HE careers services. Barbara was a central driving force for professional development in AGCAS. In the early 1990s, she negotiated the establishment of the AGCAS professional qualifications and successfully established the mentoring scheme for AGCAS qualification registrants. Barbara was the first person in UK to complete the AGCAS Diploma. With Lynda Ali, she co-authored The Counselling Approach to Careers Guidance, used in training careers advisers in the UK, Australia, Ireland and Greece. Her work for postgraduate and early career researchers, the Ali and Graham book, Moving on in your Career: A Guide for Academic and Post-graduate Researchers, and Barbara’s pioneering research and writing work for AGCAS on various national initiatives led to an enhanced reputation not only for AGCAS, but for the whole profession.
Barbara's tireless work for international students and her expertise on LMI have significantly enhanced the resources available to HE careers services. Over her career, Barbara has produced a range of research papers and reports that have shaped AGCAS thinking on many professional issues. Barbara stands out for her far-reaching achievements, her passionate commitment and dedication and her amazing energy and enthusiasm. Renowned in HE careers circles for her vision, drive, enthusiasm and sheer hard work, she is an outstanding and dedicated professional who has led and contributed to countless projects and initiatives which have resulted in high-quality careers service provision for students and graduates, both within and well beyond her own institution. AGCAS members have benefited from Barbara's professionalism through the leadership, research, books and resources she has contributed. Barbara is an exemplary recipient of the AGCAS Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1987, Richard, previously Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager for the Midland Bank, became AGCAS Development Manager and the first AGCAS employee. Three years later, he left the bank and became AGCAS Administration Manager, a post he held until his retirement on 31 December 1999. Single-handedly at first, he established the AGCAS office and set the benchmark for the unstinting support it provides for the organisation as a whole and all its members. Richard’s many achievements include: establishing the financial health of AGCAS by putting its financial affairs in excellent order and setting up income-generating activities; developing AGCAS-supported graduate fairs throughout the country; establishing good working relationship between AGCAS and both CSU (now Graduate Prospects) and the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR); introducing and organising, in co-operation with CSU and AGR, ROGET seminars; organising AGCAS Biennial Conferences in collaboration with Standing/Executive Committee and each host careers service; and providing invaluable administrative support to the AGCAS Treasurer, Secretary and President. Richard did a tremendous amount of work for AGCAS over the years, enabling the organisation to grow while still relying on volunteers. He set the standard for all staff who worked with him and who followed him, through his financial knowledge, his calm demeanour and great good humour, which were a tremendous asset to AGCAS.
Terry has been a careers practitioner for 40 years, first of all in schools, then for the Corporation of London and then, from 1994 onwards, in the higher education (HE) sector. At one time or another, he has worked at most of the University of London colleges. In the years prior to his retirement, he supported early career researchers whilst also holding the Deputy Head post at King's College, London.
Terry has been an active and committed member of AGCAS, firstly as a well-respected editor of Phoenix and then, from 2002-2006, as Chair of AGCAS's Communications and Marketing Committee. He was also Communications Director on the AGCAS Board from 2003-2006.
Always an innovator, Terry was instrumental in developing the first web-based job vacancy system for HE students and establishing a suite of accredited internships within the local SME sector, long before such things were fashionable.
Perhaps Terry's real legacy to the profession though is the AGCAS members he trained, mentored and supported in their own careers. At his retirement last year the esteem in which he is regarded was evident in the warmth of the tributes, the sheer numbers who attended and the anecdotes that were shared.
Bernard's AGCAS career spanned 26 years, culminating with his post as Director of the Careers Service at the University of Sheffield (1975-97). Bernard was Chairman of AGCAS (1985-87) and of AGCAS Plenary, Credentials, Schools Liaison and Graduate Opportunities Committees. He served on Finance, Statistics, Computer-assisted Careers Guidance, ROGET, Performance Management and Development Groups and there were few developments he was not actively involved in. He created the AGCAS Office at Sheffield University and negotiated the secondment of its first manager, Richard Hill. He proposed the Watts review, Strategic Directions for Careers Services in Higher Education, was founding co-author of What Do Graduates Do?, a founding member of the Guidance Council, a member of the CSU Management Committee and the first careers adviser member of CSSB. Locally, he developed what became the CRAC Insight Courses, set up TEMPUS, the first Student Employment Service in a UK university, and established Graduate Gateway and Graduate Link programmes. At international level, Bernard set up the AGCAS/British Council Summer schools and developed strong AGCAS links with Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. Through his tireless work, Bernard has made an outstanding contribution to AGCAS and to the development of good practice in HE careers work.
Bill was involved in SCUAS/AGCAS from its early beginnings and contributed substantially to its influence and success over all his professional life. He was the Chairman of SCUAS from 1971-73, a founding member of CSU and a member of its Management Committee from 1971-74, and again from 85-87. Bill’s other contributions to AGCAS range from the AGCAS/AGR Committee on Racial Equality and his input to training writers of information booklets to his current role in helping organise reunions of the retired members group. Bill had considerable influence and had the ear of a great many people, including HE leaders and those in government, but he was always supportive, friendly and encouraging to new, young AGCAS members and that played a huge part in bringing on the next generation. He was Head of the Careers Service at the University of Cambridge from 1968 till 1992. Prior to this, he was a Careers Adviser at the University of Oxford and a correspondent for the Times.
Lesley’s unstinting contribution to AGCAS includes roles as trainer, editor of the forerunner to ARENA, sub-committee member and chair and, finally, President from 2000-2. She worked as Information Manager at Nottingham Trent, Careers Adviser at Warwick and eventually became Head of Careers at the University of Lancaster in 1996. Lesley contributed significantly to the introduction of the AGCAS/Reading qualifications. She was a trainer on the forerunner of Foundation Guidance Skills for many years, including when, despite dislocating her jaw, she still ran the course, illustrating her tremendous sense of duty. Lesley was a meticulous planner and popular trainer on many AGCAS courses including Challenges of Careers Work in HE, Managing your Staff and Training the Trainer and was always ready to party after a hard day’s work. As AGCAS President, Lesley had to manage a difficult period of change in the relationship with Graduate Prospects and did her very best to preserve AGCAS income and independence. Despite the burdens of that role, she always made time for others in her typical open, honest and unselfish way. She was centrally involved in the Harris Review and its follow-up, managed the AGCAS contribution to the UNESCO Handbook on Careers Counselling (2002), and was frequently quoted in the press, raising AGCAS's profile on a wide range of issues.
Arti Kumar has been an inspiration to the HE careers profession with her amazing grasp of career development learning which she translated into ways of ensuring meaningful curriculum development to engage large numbers of students. The benefit of her work to AGCAS was the transfer of her learning to her AGCAS colleagues through her writing and her training in the area of career management skills, eg at the University of Reading where she worked for four months as their Careers Education Manager (1999-2000) she wrote the web-text for the award-winning CMS online that was subsequently sold to 60+ HEIs. Arti's contribution in taking career management skills centre stage and making it genuinely student centred and embedded in the curriculum is very significant and she has been at least partly responsible for many university careers services gaining confidence in their role alongside academic colleagues in providing CDL within the curriculum. Arti was the first careers professional to receive a National Teaching Fellowship Award, which enabled her to write the excellent publication, SOARing to Success, and soon after this Arti was awarded the MBE for her contribution to higher education. She is also a NICEC Fellow. Arti's wide-ranging activities for AGCAS include: research and writing, helping to produce the AGCAS Careers Education Benchmark Statement, working widely with the AGCAS community of practitioners and its external stakeholders, organising the PMI2 AGCAS/NASES delegation to India and collating the visit report. Arti has made a very significant contribution over many years to professional understanding and practice and the legacy of her pioneering work will live on.
Dick Lidwell has worked at the University of Hull and the University of Oxford. Over the years he has given outstanding service to AGCAS, especially in the field of law advice and information for students. Dick’s contribution to AGCAS includes: membership of the Legal Profession sub-group; writing publications on the legal profession; AGCAS Liaison Officer with The Law Society and the Bar Council; organising the first national Law Fair and events for law advisers; liaison with the LPC and CPE Applications Board; annual surveys of the CPE courses; publishing Opportunities for Law Graduates Outside the Legal Profession. Dick was a founder member and AGCAS representative on the Law Careers Advice Network (LCAN) and in this role he organised and chaired many AGCAS and school conferences on the legal profession. Through LCAN, he helped bring together all the professional bodies of the legal profession, ISCO and ICG, to raise issues relating the problems faced by students seeking to enter the profession. Dick acted as a source of up-to-date information for numerous colleagues throughout AGCAS for many years, embodying the highest ideals of collaborative service to his AGCAS colleagues and providing professional expertise and wise good-natured counsel, especially to those early in their careers. His deep personal commitment to our profession and the importance of his role with legal employers, both regionally for many years in Yorkshire, while at Hull, and with national employers while at Oxford cannot be underestimated. Dick's unstinting work on behalf of AGCAS made him an outstanding ambassador for AGCAS both to his colleagues and to employers.
Wendy was recruited from British Aerospace by Neil Scott to The University of Nottingham Careers Service in 1968 as the youngest HE careers adviser in the country and recently retired from Loughborough University having worked in higher education for 40 years. She became Deputy Director at Nottingham in the 1980s and remained there until 1992, during which time she served on the former AGCAS Standing/Executive Committee from 1989-1993 with responsibility for training, and was also closely involved, with Barbara Graham, in the development of the AGCAS/Reading qualifications. Wendy was an active AGCAS trainer for many years, most recently involved in running training courses for new heads of service. Wendy moved briefly to the University of Leicester to head up their Careers and Welfare section in 1992 before moving to Loughborough University in 1993, firstly as Director of the Careers Service, then Director of both Careers and Student Guidance and Welfare, and finally as Director of the latter only, during which time Loughborough University won the THES award for best student experience on two occasions, and also the award for outstanding support for international students. Wendy’s long-standing contribution to our profession at national and regional levels means she is regarded as an AGCAS heavyweight, whose views have been influential and whose generous advice and wise counsel have been invaluable to others.
Norman too was involved in SCUAS/AGCAS from its early years, becoming Secretary under Bill Kirkman from 1971-73 and Chairman from 1975-77, chairing the conference in 1977 when the organisation changed its name to AGCAS and welcomed services based in the then polytechnics, a decision which pre-dated the HE sector’s removal of the binary divide by 15 years. In 1991, Norman became AGCAS Treasurer, but in the intervening years he was twice a member of the CSU Management Committee, contributed to Training Committee, Information Sheets, Legal Profession WP and hosted the AGCAS Biennial Conference in Manchester in 1989. Norman joined the University of Manchester/UMIST Careers Service in 1968, was appointed Head of Service at UCW Aberystwyth in 1973 and became Director of the Careers Service at the University of Manchester/UMIST in 1984. His exceptional contribution to AGCAS over so many years is recognised by this award.
Wilma's AGCAS career spanned over 20 years and three institutions, culminating as Director of the Centre for Career and Skills Development at City University, London (2002-10). Wilma began working in the HE sector as Careers Information Manager at the University of North London (Polytechnic of North London) from 1988-94, then as Guidance Development Manager from 1994-98 and as Senior Careers Adviser at what had by then become London Metropolitan University from 1998–2002. Wilma was actively involved in AGCAS for 21 years, writing and editing AGCAS booklets (Hospitality Management) and information sheets and she became a real backbone of AGCAS training, starting her informal training stint by delivering training for information staff on AGCAS courses. She joined the Training and Development Sub-Committee from 1997-2000 and delivered the first AGCAS IT training day, Introduction to the World Wide Web. She also became editor of Training and Development News.
Having completed the Train the Trainers course, she became a key trainer on the AGCAS qualification Challenges of Careers Work in HE course and also a trainer in mentoring. From 2000-3, Wilma became chair of TDSC and continued training on the Challenges course. In 2003, Wilma joined the AGCAS Board as Professional Development Director and continued training, delivering the first Challenges course for Irish colleagues in Cork and joining the training team for the Group Work course. From 2006-8, Wilma remained on the AGCAS Board, firstly as Vice-President then as President Elect at which point she joined the HECSU Board. Wilma took over as President of AGCAS from 2008-2010, working closely with the CEO to raise AGCAS' external profile. In this role she was invited to join the AUA Council and encouraged the AGR Board to agree to the President of AGCAS becoming an ex officio co-opted member of the AGR Board. Being based in London, Wilma was well-placed to represent AGCAS at BIS and HEFCE meetings, culminating in a role on the Advisory Group for the Lord Browne Review of Higher Education in England in recognition of the growing importance of AGCAS.
Richard joined Birmingham University and AGCAS in 1978 and soon cut his teeth writing information sheets and getting involved in the Information Sheets Sub-Committee, serving as Author-Secretary recruiting writers. During a later spell on the Information Sub-Committee, Richard helped revise the AGCAS Where Next? workbooks. A stint on the Statistics Sub-Committee during the switch from USR to HESA rules proved challenging and, occasionally, entertaining. From 1995-7 Richard served as Deputy President, which was also challenging but equally rewarding. Highlights were being a member of the Steering Group for the Strategic Directions report (1997) and drafting the AGCAS constitution with others in preparation for AGCAS incorporation, a draft that became the core of the AGCAS Articles of Association. Richard continued to be involved with the incorporation process, working with the President and AGCAS solicitors to negotiate the initial form of the Memorandum and Articles, and as a result he was one of the founding members of the new company. Having been tarred with the constitutional brush, Richard soon found himself drafting the Plenary constitution and organising the first annual Plenary conference in a new format, and for several years he chaired the associated business meeting. Richard also served on the Quality and Accreditation Committee and, in the two years prior to his retirement in 2005, he chaired the Graduate Labour Market Task Group. Most recently, he co-authored two chapters of the AGCAS history, Reflections on Change – not surprisingly, those dealing with AGCAS constitutional development and statistics.
Rose joined the University of Sussex in 1990 and AGCAS TDSC in 1991, and was one of the first registrants on the AGCAS qualification in 1992. Since 1997, Rose has worked as AGCAS Training/Development Manager. Without her, AGCAS training simply wouldn't be what it is today. She developed and delivered countless high-quality courses. Teams of trainers benefited from Rose's professionalism, encouraging not only trainees, but trainers to fulfil their potential. Her counsel in TEDG was instrumental in its success, but she also motivated those involved to develop a strong framework on which AGCAS could build its professional training and development. Rose worked with tact and diplomacy to develop and embed the AGCAS/Reading qualifications, kept AGCAS on the national IAG agenda and contributed to national debates on guidance practice. There was extensive support for Rose’s nomination for this award, and the depth of sentiment and respect in the responses was overwhelming. Rose has been a role model, an influencer and shaper, a leader, a pragmatist, a motivator and encourager - and she has done all of these things with warmth, generosity and a great sense of humour. She has influenced the profession of higher education careers dramatically through sheer energy and hard work. By raising and developing the profile of professional training and always looking at the big picture and new initiatives, as well as the practical essentials of seeing things through, Rose has contributed to a versatile, knowledgeable and well-trained HE careers profession.
Audrey’s belief that career choice is an especially acute concern of most undergraduates underpinned her interpretation of the work of an Appointments Officer (AO) and was reflected in her influential book, Student Counselling in Practice (1973). Having studied under Professor Donald Super, Audrey outlined her vision of a completely new approach to appointments work, which embraced vocational, personal and educational counselling and, thus, she became head of the first and only Appointments and Counselling Service in the UK, at Keele, from 1962 to 1983. Audrey was soon in demand by members of AGCAS who sought her training in interviewing and related skills. 25 UK AOs attended her first course in 1968 and considerable numbers of careers staff and employers made the pilgrimage to Keele. Audrey pioneered SCUAS training and was ever available and interested to help other services. She served on Standing Committee 1969–73. In 1983, The Open University awarded her an honorary degree for her help in setting up their Appointments and Counselling Service. She was the Chairman of the British Association for Counselling from 1978-80 and is now an Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. When she left Keele, Audrey moved to London where she was invited to work on the development and integration of student services at a number of colleges of the University of London. Audrey’s early impact on the course of our profession cannot be underestimated and foreshadowed more recent interest in taking a holistic approach to student guidance and support.
In 1972 Pat joined the Polytechnic of Central London (formerly Regent Street Poly and now University of Westminster) as Assistant Careers Adviser. During the next seven years, Pat built up the careers service and introduced the concept of careers education to academic staff. Inspired by a SCUAS training course, Pat became a trainee tutor and eventually led many interviewing courses, joining AGCAS Training Sub-committee and devising the first AGCAS Group Work course. Pat also served on the Equal Opportunities Working Party as member and secretary. In 1979, Pat became the Head of the Polytechnic of Central London Careers Service, also editing the Yellow Book recording the first destinations of polytechnic graduates and the corresponding Green Book for CSU. Pat served many years on Statistics Sub-Committee, ultimately as Chair. Elected to AGCAS Standing Committee (1981-3) Pat reported on statistics and became involved with the newly-established HESA, soon realising how political graduate destinations were becoming. Pat served two terms on CSU Management Committee and became involved with Prospect (HE) as one of the six pilot sites and as member of the Prospect Liaison Sub-committee, developing this program as a very important professional contribution by AGCAS to careers education. Before retiring in 2000, Pat was made Honorary Fellow of the university and was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to careers education, but she felt both awards owed much to the stimulating and rewarding contribution of AGCAS colleagues and activities.
Martin has almost 30 years' experience within the field of careers guidance, and almost 20 of those years have been dedicated to the delivery of work within higher education and AGCAS. Following an early career in the civil service and eight years as a local authority careers officer, Martin joined the University of Leicester as Careers Adviser in 1993 and, in 2000, he became Head of the Careers Service, a role he held till 2009 when he became Executive Director of the Student Support and Development Service. Those who know Martin greatly appreciate his skill in seeing what others do not, viewing issues from different perspectives and addressing the detail when all around are blue-sky thinking, and colleagues have always been impressed by the commitment and professionalism he displays.
As an AGCAS member, Martin took on various positions including chairing groups like the AGCAS Sex Equality Committee (1995-9), managing projects, producing resources, training staff and conducting research. Most recently, from 2008-11, he has served as the Director for Products and Services on the AGCAS Board, working closely with the Publications Manager. Martin was also trainer and convener for the AGCAS Challenges of Careers Work in HE course team (2007-8), a member of the AGCAS/HECSU team for the AGCAS Prospects Planner project (2004), and member and Chair (2002-6) of the AGCAS Conference Planning Committee. Martin was actively involved as trainer and convener for the AGCAS Introduction to Careers Work in Higher Education course team from 1996-2001, as well as the training co-ordinator and chair (1999-2001) for AGCAS Prospects Planner Committee 1997-2001, and working as a trainer, running courses on Prospects Planner in the Midlands region from 1995-2000. In 2001, Martin was a member of a joint research team in the USA and Finland for the HECSU/AGCAS/NICEC Careers Services, Technology and the Future project and, in 1997, he took part in the AGCAS study visit to Israel. Martin has contributed significantly to AGCAS and his award is well deserved.
Richard enjoyed a long and distinguished career at the University of Sheffield Careers Service, starting as adviser in 1977 and finishing as Director (1997–2004). His contribution to AGCAS includes serving on an amazing range of committees covering everything from the Future of AGCAS Development Group, the Quality Assurance Panel, the Prospect Factor Analysis Development Group, the European Committee and the International Seminar Development Group. He was involved in groups grappling with issues like information sheets, the AGCAS classification system, information systems development and the training and employment of the older graduate. Richard's work provides an illustration not only of his unceasing efforts on behalf of AGCAS, but also how the issues and concerns have changed over time. Richard was one of the leading lights in the sharing of good practice across Europe through FEDORA and in the HECSU Careers Services Technology and the Future project, which had a major impact on the development of careers service websites. He was a leading player in the collaborative success of the Yorkshire Heads Group and the joint projects under the Graduates Yorkshire umbrella. Latterly, Richard's wisdom and personal qualities allowed him to play a key ambassadorial role in the developing relationships between HECSU/GP, AGCAS and HE careers services.
Working for the e.Media unit at the University of Southampton, Peter Phillips has directed AGCAS video and DVD production for 22 years, making 13 programmes to date:
1. Write, giving full details (1987)
2. Tell me, Mr Dunstone (1988)
3. Two whole days (1989)
4. Why am I here? (1994)
5. Looking good on paper (1996)
6. Can I have a few minutes of your time? (1997)
7. Why ask me that? (1998)
8. The Assessment Centre Video (2000)
9. Your job’s on-line (2003)
10. Big opportunities in small businesses (2005)
11. Making an impact (2007)
12. Selection Centres for Specialty Training (2008)
13. At the Assessment Centre (2009)
Peter has won many awards. The first AGCAS DVD won an Award of Merit from the International Visual Communication Association and Peter was also honoured with the award of Best Script for this. The DVD on Specialty Training won a prestigious Learning on Screen Award in 2009. The AGCAS DVDs receive consistently positive feedback from students, members and sponsors, as well as critics. Although Peter would be the first to give credit to the many others involved in making each programme, including AGCAS input, it is Peter’s experience and professionalism that pulls the whole thing together. By understanding the people and the process, he gets the very best out of everyone. Those who have worked with him will all have their own favourite tales to tell but the end results are there for all to see, consistently amongst AGCAS' most successful products.
Peter was a Careers Adviser at the University of London from 1969-71 and then Head of Service at City University from 1971-82. In 1982, AGCAS recommended the development of a computer-aided career guidance system for use by its member services and the Department of Education and Science (DES) agreed to fund a feasibility study, which Peter carried out. His report recommended the development of a British, custom-built, comprehensive information and learning system. The DES provided the major funding for the creation of what later became PROSPECT (HE) (now Planner). As Guidance Consultant to the DES from 1984-93, Peter was closely involved in promoting and improving PROSPECT (HE). During this formative period for AGCAS, Peter was a persistent and effective advocate of career guidance practice based both on the soundest career guidance theory and on appropriate use of the available technology. Peter’s influence was exercised at AGCAS Plenary, Standing and Training Committees. Peter also insisted on increased recognition being given to the role of information officers, and taking account of the increasing importance of technology. Peter developed and ran a series of AGCAS courses on Training Technology and on The Principles of Course Design. In 1977, he obtained a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to design a two-term career education programme option for second year students at City University, probably the first career education course to be assessed as part of a university degree award. The impact of Peter’s contribution can still be felt in AGCAS services.
Bob’s AGCAS career spanned over 30 years and four institutions, including leading the careers services of Central London Poly (now University of Westminster) from 1971-9, Leicester Poly (now De Montfort University) from 1979-90, The University of Edinburgh from 1990–2002 and University of Auckland from 2004-5. Bob’s contribution to AGCAS was outstanding over a long period: as Chairman from 1983-5, having previously served on Standing Committee as Statistics Coordinator; representing polytechnics on CSU Management; as Trustee of Careers Services Trust; as chairman of AGCAS Performance Management Sub-Committee 1991-3, editing and writing a large part of the booklet Performance Management and Measures (1991); as member of the AGCAS working party on Student Employment Services 1996-7; as convenor of AGCAS Scotland 1998-2000; and as Chairman of the Management Committee of the Scottish Graduate Careers Programme 1992-5. Early on, he was instrumental in facilitating the merger of the polytechnic careers services into AGCAS. His chairman’s report in 1985 referred to the ‘employability’ of graduates and he championed quality delivery and management within AGCAS services long before matrix was thought of. Bob introduced many innovative practices from integrating careers education programmes, introducing enterprise activities, establishing a Student Employment Service and developing the progress files, and he was always prepared to share developments with other AGCAS services. A respected member of the AGCAS community, Bob was often called on to support new heads of service and to review other services. He has enhanced AGCAS's profile within the UK and overseas, proving a positive ambassador for our profession.
As a Careers Adviser at Cambridge University, before becoming Head of Service, Tony became the first non-head of service to be Chairman of AGCAS having previously served as Secretary. On Standing Committee, Tony helped manage the relationship between member services and AGCAS, and between AGCAS and the then CSU, realising the importance of a good working relationship with the Director of CSU, a precedent that continues to this day. He oversaw the integration of the polytechnics and colleges of higher education into membership during his time as Secretary, the association changed its name from SCUAS (Standing Conference of University Appointments Services) to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services. Membership criteria were agreed to emphasis the need for services to be institution based. As Chairman, Tony realised that AGCAS would not be able achieve everything it wanted through subscription income alone and he was instrumental developing the Register of Graduate Employment and Training (ROGET) published by CSU, now the Prospects Directory. Tony’s chairmanship ended with the first Biennial conference hosted by a polytechnic (Sheffield 1981) marking the integration of careers services in the HE sector long before the removal of the binary divide in 1992. Tony played a major part in building good relations with continental Europe, where careers guidance was far behind that in the UK. He was co-founder and first President of the European Forum on Student Guidance (FEDORA) and also served as a member of the CRAC Council.
Pat has had a remarkably distinguished career, making major contributions to HE careers work, AGCAS and CSU. Her contribution to AGCAS has been wide and significant, including sex equality, training, information & technology, four years on the Executive Committee and serving as Chairman from 1987-89. During this time she was centrally involved in negotiating ownership of the predecessor to Prospects Planner with the DfEE. From 1990–2000 she led CSU as its Chief Executive, developing a business employing 100 people and turning over £6m a year, with a surplus (from which AGCAS has benefited substantially) rising from £100k when she started to nearly £2m by the time she left. She has been on HEFCE, and various CVCP and DfEE groups as well as NCWE. She was a founder member of FEDORA, and Project Director for the European Commission projects to develop cross-border graduate mobility. She joined the University of Bristol in 1968, becoming the director of the Careers Service in 1982. This award recognises her very significant achievements and contribution to the profession.
Brian’s SCUAS/AGCAS career spans over 40 years since 1965 when he joined the University of Liverpool as an Appointments Officer before moving in 1967 to the University of Sheffield, where he continues to work part-time for the Department of Law as the specialist careers adviser for the Legal Practice Course. Brian’s SCUAS/AGCAS roles include: SCUAS Secretary 1973–5; member and chair of the Legal Profession Working Party and AGCAS Liaison Officer with the Law Society of England and Wales 1972-1993; AGCAS Liaison Officer with the Institute of Personnel Management; and six years as Correspondent for the Careers Services Trust. Brian has also been active in a wide range of other AGCAS groups throughout his long professional life. As the ultimate expert on all matters relating to the legal profession in England and Wales, he produced or collaborated on innumerable publications. Three abiding qualities have defined Brian’s work: his total respect for and devotion towards the needs and interests of his students and of those on whom his work might impact; his clear logic and firm principles; and his devotion to SCUAS/AGCAS and the crucial importance of its collaborative work, which embodies the 'AGCAS spirit'. Even at 80, Brian is active in AGCAS, one of the founding members of the AGCAS Alumni Reunions, and has, we believe, attended every Biennial Conference since 1965.
Jane Saxton worked unstintingly for both AGCAS and AGCAS Scotland over the many years when she worked full-time at the University of Edinburgh, latterly as Deputy Head of Service and most recently on a part-time basis. She made an exceptional contribution to AGCAS, particularly to its international work during the 1980s and 90s, when this area was in its infancy, for example she planned and tutored on two British Council/AGCAS International Seminars on Careers Counselling and Placement Services in 1987 and 1989. Jane served on the AGCAS Standing Committee (as the Board was then called) and was responsible for Statistics and International Issues, an interesting combination which no longer feature in Board remits. She was very actively involved in writing and managing AGCAS information materials and played a central role in a number of AGCAS/AGCAS Scotland committees/groups over the years, including those on international students (Chair, AGCAS International Students Sub-Committee 1993-96 with a successful visit to Malaysian employers in 1995), mature students, training, services for graduates and research staff. Jane was an excellent and highly professional national and international ambassador for the profession. Though perhaps latterly less well-known to newer colleagues in England and Wales, she organised the AGCAS Scotland Biennial Conference in Edinburgh in 2000 and she remained an active participant in AGCAS Scotland activities until her retirement this year. Her activities demonstrate the breadth and depth of her professional contribution to AGCAS over more than three decades. Jane embodied the collaborative spirit of AGCAS, working quietly and effectively with colleagues on shared AGCAS projects and activities and sharing her wide understanding and expertise willingly with them.
From Neil’s early years at the University of Nottingham where in 1957 he became Secretary to the Careers & Appointments Board, he recognised the need for communication between his counterparts elsewhere and informal meetings took place throughout the 1950s and 60s. The growing recognition of the need for a national body led to the establishment of SCUAS in 1967 when Neil became its first chairman. He was closely involved in the Heyworth Report (the first review of HE Careers Services) in 1964, the establishment of SCOEG (now AGR), the early days of collecting and collating graduate destinations statistics, information booklets and the development of training for HE Careers Service staff. His contribution to the development of HE careers work and the career development of students was significant. This award recognises Neil’s influence, stature, reputation, pioneering spirit, energy and commitment to the profession.
John Simpson's involvement with AGCAS began in the early 1980s when he worked for ICI and partnered AGCAS on a number of key initiatives to develop students' awareness of career options and selection processes. This included personal support and sponsorship for major AGCAS projects and products and facilitating the continuing professional development of careers staff through travel bursaries and secondments. As Director of the Careers Advisory Service at Imperial College, his contribution to AGCAS included Executive Committee membership (as International Co-ordinator 1995 – 97 and as AGCAS Treasurer from 1997-2000) and active involvement as a trainer, writer and adviser as well as a quiet background role as a mentor to many new Heads of Service. John worked in graduate recruitment with ICI from 1979 – 1991 and then as Director of the Careers Advisory Service, Imperial College London from 1991-2005. He served on a number of University Careers Advisory Boards and was a Director of HECSU from 1997 – 2002. John also played a key part as chair of the AGCAS Performance Management Sub-Committee from 1993-1996; wrote guidelines for new Heads of AGCAS Services; contributed to Phoenix; updated occupational profiles and informally advised HECSU and AGCAS about mutual cooperation. During John’s ICI career, he organised significant funds from ICI for what became Prospects Planner; was a member of AGCAS/AGR group which developed the original Standard Application Form (SAF) based on the ICI Application Form; arranged ICI sponsorship for the first AGCAS video Write giving full details, and participated in the production of this and other AGCAS videos and hosted AGCAS Executive Committee meeting at the ICI Warren House.
Colin Slipper (posthumously)
Colin joined Durham University as an Assistant Appointments Officer in the early 1960s, working with Henry Walters. He brought considerable experience of teaching, graduate recruitment, scout leadership and as a wartime pilot in the RAF to his new work, but his most significant asset was his sincere and sustained interest in young people. In the later 1960s it was felt that a more formal structure was needed to encourage better cooperative working between university appointments services, to negotiate more effectively with government and national bodies and to develop graduate destination statistics. Thus SCUAS (the Standing Conference of University Appointments Services), later to become AGCAS, was set up with Colin playing a central role in the development of its constitution, arguing for an inclusive approach both in terms of staff and institutions, and as such he can be designated one of the founding fathers of AGCAS. In the 1980s he joined the Standing Committee (predecessor to the Board) as GRADS (now Diversity) Co-ordinator, covering gender, race, age, disability and special needs, overseeing a guide for AGCAS services which foreshadowed “A Level Playing Field” and demonstrating AGCAS longstanding commitment to equality of opportunity. In retirement Colin took an active interest in AGCAS, attending a number of AGCAS Alumni Reunions and donating a fund to enable retired members to take part in AGCAS Biennial conferences.
Colin died unexpectedly on 26 May 2006. As part of the preparations for our 40th Anniversary celebrations in 2007, David Ward, another distinguished retired member of AGCAS, recently conducted a video interview with Colin and we are very grateful to have this record. A full obituary by John Hudson and Margaret Dane is in Phoenix (September 2006).
Tom was Head of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford (1970-96) and Deputy Chair of AGCAS (1985-7) and IT Co-ordinator (1987-89). He had a major impact on the development of HE Careers Services, leading the UK team on the Mayflower Initiative to the US in the early 1980s to investigate the potential of computer aided guidance, how it might be integrated into careers work and enhance rather than replace the work of careers professionals. This work formed the basis of the very significant and successful joint AGCAS / CSU bid to the DfES to conduct the work that ultimately resulted in the development of Prospect HE (now Planner). Tom's role in the complex bidding process to obtain government support and private funding was invaluable and in the longer term his work benefited AGCAS enormously and the students served by its members. His interest in strategic planning meant that he was one of a small AGCAS group in 1987 to join a UK delegation for Vice-Chancellors to the US , playing a key dissemination role to HE Careers Services and helping them to succeed in a new culture of performance measurement. Tom provided vision, wise-counsel and encouragement to many colleagues and students.
Jane has been involved with higher education (HE) careers work since the early 1990s when she was a Careers Adviser at St Mary's and then at the University of Reading. She went on to lead high profile national projects for E-Skills before coming back into careers work at Brunel University, becoming Head of Service in 2006, before returning to Reading.
Jane has always been active with AGCAS as a writer of careers information, as a Task Group member, for example on the Phoenix Task Group from 2005-2010, and, more recently, as a very active and valued member of the Heads of Service Impact Measurement Group. Jane's contribution to AGCAS culminated with a term on the AGCAS Board of Directors from 2011-2013, where she again showed her commitment to AGCAS information resources in her work as Director of Products and Services, as well as bringing to the Board the wisdom and friendship which colleagues have valued for over 20 years.
In 1977, Martin joined the Information Sheets Sub-committee, and much of his contribution to AGCAS was in the information field. In 1981 he was AGCAS Secretary before becoming Information Group Co-ordinator, leading the establishment of Career Information Resource Groups (CIRGS) and the creation of the AGCAS databank which also served the computer-assisted careers guidance system which became Prospect Planner. Martin was correspondent of the Careers Services Trust in the mid-90s and in 1997 was Vice-President before becoming President in 1998, leading AGCAS through the somewhat traumatic experience of winding itself up and re-emerging, Phoenix-like, as a charitable company limited by guarantee, with Articles of Association and a Memorandum of Understanding. This incredibly important change for AGCAS, set the foundations for later expansion and consolidation and we owe Martin and his colleagues a great debt of gratitude. Martin also played a central role in relation to the quality agenda, influencing the QAA’s Code of Practice on careers education inf