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Careers Network Management Team

Charlie Wheeldon Pronouns: She/her LLB (Hons) Law

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Head of Careers, Student Enterprise and Opportunities

Gill Clarke Pronouns: She/her BA (Hons) Psychology with Drama and Theatre Studies, PG Diploma in Careers Guidance, BPS Psychometric Testing Level A, ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring, Mental Health First Aider, Member of AGCAS

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Careers Development Manager


Gill’s role is to lead the team of Careers Coaches to ensure Careers Network provides excellent careers support to students and graduates. This is delivered through tailored information, advice and guidance and other events designed to enhance employability and career potential, student progression, career choices and graduate outcomes.

Gill joined Careers Network in 2002 as a qualified careers adviser with experience at three different universities, including administration, information, training and writing. Working as a Careers Consultant at Loughborough, she has worked with most academic schools and led marketing and website development projects.  Trained in coaching, mentoring and management she moved into her current role as Careers Development Manager in May 2021.  Leading the Careers Development Team, she is a member of the Careers Network Management Team with an interest in Careers Network services, resources, communications, marketing, and professional development.

Chris Cole Pronouns: He/him

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Work and Opportunities Manager


Chris’ role is to lead the Work & Opportunities Team, which has a focus on work experience and opportunity generation activity designed to positively impact on student experience and graduate outcomes through meaningful work-based learning opportunities, including internships, placements, micro-placements, graduate opportunities and student enterprise. 

Chris Joined Careers Network in 2017, initially supporting The University’s Access & Participation Plan activities.  Since then, he has worked supporting Businesses, Academic Schools and students with undergraduate and postgraduate placements. Chris is also a member of the Careers Network Management Team. After first joining the University in 2013, Chris coordinated the Student Services Information Team, having previously worked in the  Academic Registry and IT at Nottingham Trent University.

Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde Pronouns: She/her BA English, MA Creative Writing, PhD English and Creative Writing (Poetry)

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Student Success Manager


Sophie leads the Student Success Team responsible for the design and delivery of several new and interconnected projects under the Student Success Academy, including our Diversity and Inclusion programmes. Together, these initiatives offer a holistic and innovative skills development package designed to help all students to achieve their full potential through lifelong skills. The projects include: Ludus Gold, Ready Set Loughborough, Personal Best+ (including Micro Internships), Academic Success Coaching and our Future Black Talent Programme. 

Sophie joined Careers Network in 2019 as Student Enterprise Adviser following several years of studying (English and Creative Writing) and working (Marketing and Advancement) at Loughborough while running her own creative business. Having worked as a coach for students and graduates wishing to start their own businesses, Sophie is an advocate for the development of entrepreneurial skills and operationally led the Student Enterprise team as part of Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) until 2021. As Student Success Manager, Sophie is part of the Management Team and takes an active lead on EDI (including Access and Participation) and Marketing and Communications. 

Nilesh Kavia Pronouns: He/him BA (Hons) Business Management, NVQ 4 Advice and Guidance, ILM 5 Leadership and Management

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Careers Projects Manager


Nilesh leads and manages a Projects team to deliver on key strategic projects to ensure excellent careers provision for students and graduates. Key projects include Personal Best (personal development programme), Ready Set Loughborough (pre induction programme for all incoming undergraduate students), the Early Stage Career Development programme (career provision for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students), graduate outcomes and the careers events programme including the Universities marquee careers fairs.

Nilesh joined Careers Network in 2017 as an experienced Careers Consultant having support clients in higher education and in the professional sector. As a Careers Consultant he has worked with multiple academic schools including the Business School and leading on careers support for international students. Nilesh has held multiple roles at Loughborough University including Careers Consultant Team Leader and Personal Best Manager. With a wealth of knowledge in leading and managing to achieve strategic objectives, he moved into the role of Careers Projects Manager in May 2021 forming part of the Careers Network Management team with a keen interest in Careers Network Services, resources, data analysis and professional development.