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Download the Careers Consultant Department Allocations list. For a more detailed overview of a particular Consultant's background, please click on their name below.

Natasha Aminzadeh

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Natasha joinedUCL Careers in November 2012 and currently works primarily with the Faculty of Engineering. She has advised students in HE for the last two years after gaining her Qualified Career Guidance status in 2010. Prior to this, she worked as a Design Engineer and then as Project Manager at a major UK engineering consultancy for 8 years gaining ICE Chartership status.  She worked in various roles and levels on major projects such as West Coast Mainline, Dubai Metro, and Birmingham New Street.

Kathy Barrett

Kathy began her professional career by obtaining a PhD in Immunology at the University of London. She then moved to the USA where she developed a passion for developmental biology. On her return she obtained a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society and set up her own laboratory at University College London. In addition to carrying out research programmes, she lectured and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students. Kathy subsequently moved to the Careers Service where she has particular responsibility for careers provision in the Biosciences Division of the Life Science Faculty and research staff across the whole university. Kathy became one of the Deputy Heads at UCL Careers Service in 2012.

Trevor Bibic

Trevor is a Careers Consultant based at UCL and also working at C2, the University of London's commercial careers service. Trevor is currently dedicated to The Department of Management Science and Innovation, with particular focus on the MSc Technology Entrepreneurship and MSc Management. Here, he is providing a programme of 1:1s, interview practice and skills training, bespoke to the department.

Trevor is very enthusiastic about recruitment and staff development, having been involved in management, HR and interviewing for over 15 years. He has worked in sales for a larger IT company and in stark contrast, most recently, as an Operations Manager for a small gift company. It was there that he gained a strong understanding of the SME environment, helping the company grow from a handful of employees to over 30!

Katie Bisaro

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Katie is a Careers Consultant supporting the delivery of careers provision to students at the UCL Division of Biosciences.  Prior to life at UCL, Katie worked in the NGO sector specialising in child protection in emergency contexts, and humanitarian training.  Her early career experiences took her to Southeast Asia and West Africa, before eventually landing in London at an international NGO specialising in the delivery of humanitarian aid.  For the following six years Katie managed humanitarian training programmes based in London, the Middle East and East and Southern Africa. This included managing a large scale humanitarian trainee scheme, which sparked her interest in career management and developing employability skills, and eventually solidified her desire to move into the Higher Education sector full-time, in a career development-focused role.

Dave Carter

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After completing his undergraduate studies in Business Economics, Dave qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London before subsequently moving into advertising and marketing working at major London agencies.  Initially working as a commercial manager, he developed an interest in working more directly on client campaigns going on to work on as an account manager for clients such as Nokia, Proctor & Gamble and BBC TV Licensing.

A change of direction in 2005 led Dave to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Counselling and he has now worked as a Careers Coach with the Careers Group, University of London at a range of London-based institutions including UCL, the School of Oriental and African Studies and St Mary's University College. He has a strong understanding of the graduate labour market having involvement in the recruitment of graduates into the financial service industry and pioneering the UCL Summer Schools programme, a series of 3-day boot camps for UCL students looking to gain a head start in applying for major employer graduate scheme programmes.

As well as working on GradClub, Dave also is involved in delivering the careers component of the UCL MSc Management course.

Jana Dankovicova

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Jana is a Careers Consultant with a background in academic research and teaching. After obtaining her PhD in General Linguistics and Experimental Phonetics at the University of Oxford, she worked as a Research Fellow at Oxford University and then University College London. For the following thirteen years Jana taught undergraduates and postgraduates and carried out research in experimental and applied phonetics as a lecturer at UCL. After moving into the careers profession in 2012 Jana has been involved primarily in the provision of career programmes and guidance to PhD students and research staff at UCL and also at SOAS.

Mark De Freitas

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Mark is a full time Careers Consultant at UCL where he is part of the MS&I careers team (with specific responsibility for the IMB course).  Mark also works with The Slade and the departments of History and History of Art.

Mark has experience in a wide variety of sectors.  Following a managerial career with a large FMCG company, Mark was a solicitor for over 10 years in the City and for a niche practice, where he advised on construction and engineering projects.   Mark has also worked for an educational charity in Central Europe.

Elaine Denniss

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Elaine is a Careers Consultant at UCL and is also a Chartered Psychologist. She worked for ten years as a Consultant for an international management training organisation where she was involved in design and delivery of management coaching and training programmes. She then worked as an independent Occupational Psychologist, specialising in selection and assessment and employee retention. Since becoming a Careers Consultant, Elaine has been involved in the provision of tailored careers programmes for the Institute of Archaeology, the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and the UCL Medical School. Elaine also works at C2, the consultancy arm of The Careers Group, where she is involved in delivering career support to external clients including the BMA, The London Deanery, Prospects and Cancer Research UK.

Robert Donovan

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Robert is a Careers Consultant at UCL responsible for providing careers programmes for the following departments: Arts and Sciences (BASc), Economics, Greek and Latin, and Philosophy.  Prior to UCL, Robert worked for a number of years in both higher education and commercial environments, covering a series of IT project management and information management roles.

Stephen Gurman

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Stephen is the Laws Careers Consultant and Employer Relations Manager, embedded within Laws to provide tailored support to students. In addition to providing one to one guidance, applications advice and practice interviews in Laws, Stephen liaises closely with employers to ensure that the bespoke events programme offered to students reflects the latest trends in the market in addition to the needs of the students.

Stephen also manages the Law Careers Blog. Prior to joining UCL, Stephen trained and practised as a Solicitor at a leading international law firm.

Evan Hancock

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Evan works as a Careers Consultant at UCL primarily focusing on GradClub support for graduates.  He has worked as a Careers Consultant at King’s College London, the Royal Veterinary College and SOAS, where he eventually ran the service.  Prior to this he worked on a dedicated research team focusing on the post-HE Graduate Destinations survey (DLHE).  He currently uses this experience serving on an editorial team for the leading What Do Graduates Do? publication.

Originally from the United States but having lived in 7 countries, Evan previously worked in education.  He has worked as a school teacher, lecturer and business trainer in France, Italy, Czech and China.

Tina Lannin

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Tina has responsibility for the departments of English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Scandinavian Studies, Human Communication Science, the Ear Institute, and Year Abroad. Tina obtained a degree in Business Studies with Japanese and trained as a teacher. Prior to joining The Careers Group, she worked as a finance consultant, specialising in NGOs. 

Calum Leckie

Calum Leckie is a Careers Consultant at UCL with a background in academic research. After obtaining a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Birmingham, Calum went on to do two postdoctoral research projects, both in cell physiology, at Lancaster and Newcastle Universities. This was followed by a Wellcome Trust funded fellowship at the University of Newcastle Medical School and at the University of California at Berkeley. Since becoming a Careers Consultant, Calum has been involved in the provision of tailored careers programmes to PhD students and research staff at UCL, and shares responsibility for managing the delivery of careers provision to students at the UCL Division of Biosciences. Calum has also been involved in a range of external activities including course organiser for the Graduate Entry into Medicine Day for the Careers Group, University of London, and worked as a Careers Consultant at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine for several years.

Victoria Wade

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Victoria is one of the dedicated Careers Consultants offering support to UCL GradClub members. She also works with the Anthropology department, the Hebrew & Jewish Studies department and the School of Pharmacy.Prior to life at UCL, Victoria worked in fundraising and then facilities management. She later moved into market research as a Project Manager, working for eight years with a wide range private and public sector clients. Victoria was responsible for recruiting and managing staff which developed her interest in career management and employability skills. Victoria works at UCL on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and at St George's, University of London for the rest of the week.

Andy Walsh

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Andy is a Careers Consultant at UCL and works in partnership with the following departments: Geography; Chemistry; Earth Science; Natural Science and Human Science. He is passionate about giving students the tools and insight to manage their own futures and loves to encourage those on the careers journey at whatever stage they may be. Andy also oversees and delivers the bespoke International Student program. Prior to life at UCL Andy worked in political campaign management and corporate sales.

Patrice Ware

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Patrice Ware is a Careers Consultant at UCL - having an established background in personnel and training and in graduate recruitment consultancy before returning to the higher education sector to become a Careers Consultant. Her years of experience within the University of London span quite some time, and several colleges, including the LSE, and many kinds of client group. Her responsibilities at UCL focus on careers work mainly with SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies), The Faculty of Built Envionment [The Bartlett] and also with Faculty of Laws, with SPP (School of Public Policy), and the Department of Information Studies (formerly SLAIS). An A to Z of other interests? Begin with D for Dogs and end with T for Theology - and then add lots more in between, including I for Islands and P for People.

Natasha Weller

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Natasha joined the UCL Careers Service in September 2012 and currently works on the MSc Management bespoke careers programme. Prior to this, she worked as a Management Consultant at a Big Four company, working on IT related projects for financial services and private sector clients. Following her graduation in BA French and German, Natasha worked as a Project Manager at a global financial data and news company before her move into consulting.

Helen West

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Helen is a Careers Consultant based at UCL currently working with The Department of European Social and Political Studies, The School of Public Policy, The Department of English, The Department of European Languages, Culture & Society and with students before, during and after their Year Abroad.  Helen also provides career programmes and guidance to international students at UCL.

After working in Spain and completing a Masters in Translation, Helen returned to the UK to join a European Management Graduate Programme for a FTSE100 company.  She later took up a business development role at a leading international law firm in London. For the following seven years Helen worked as a Director in the Study Abroad industry, creating, staffing and managing programmes across Europe, India and in Latin America.