The Careers and Employability Service is an important branch of the Student Experience unit. Our team has significant real-world experience in the areas of coaching, recruitment, human resources and business development. Read our profiles to find out more.
Penny Pickering: Head of Careers and Employability
Penny has over 15 years' commercial recruitment and business development experience. This background, combined with coaching and management roles, leave her well placed to develop the strategy for the Cranfield Career Service, ensuring that Cranfield's recruiting partners achieve their postgraduate hiring plans and students' career aspirations are met.
Helen Dalling: Head of Employer Engagement
Helen's career has spanned 30 years, moving from Hospitality and Events management to multidisciplinary Recruitment roles. During the last six years she has specialised in higher education careers advice provision; and as an AGCAS member, she has expert knowledge for postgraduate guidance on career direction. Helen also provides significant experience of event organisation, international conference networking and relationship management on local and national scales. Alongside her role, Helen is studying for a Master's in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education - provided by the University of Warwick.
Diane Blything: Employer Engagement Manager
Diane has business development and recruitment experience, with a particular focus on working with SMEs. Having supported businesses in hiring student interns across all sectors, she understands varied business requirements and the graduate recruitment market. In this hybrid role, Diane divides her time, supporting the student experience by developing employer relationships and events, whilst maintaining connections with Cranfield students as Career Development Manager, helping them achieve their potential.
Steve Crabb: Career Development Manager
Steve provides an in-depth understanding of guiding and maximising opportunities for MBA students. He has business development and account management experience in both public and private sectors, having worked in leading recruitment firms. He has built an extensive portfolio with some of the most renowned global leaders within FMCG, engineering, manufacturing, consulting, financial services and property.
Alex Stimson: Career Development Manager
Alex’s background in HR and recruitment means she has a wealth of multi-sector industry expertise, having worked with London-based finance and media companies in the past. A long-standing member of the team, Alex leverages her knowledge to develop ongoing relationships with Cranfield’s key recruiting partners, many of whom are alumni and return annually to recruit from Cranfield. Her focus is to support and develop School of Management MSc students through their journey.
Katrina Armstrong: Employability Lead
Katrina is a qualified career professional with experience gained in adult guidance and secondary school environments. She has a strong business development background gained in account management and recruitment, developing networks in the commercial, private and public sectors. Katrina is focused on empowering students to reach their potential and helping them to meet their career goals.
Abigail McDonald: Career Development Manager
Abigail has worked and studied in the Aviation sector as well as Human Resources. Previously responsible for employee interviewing and onboarding processes, her understanding of employer needs supports our MSc students in their career development journey.
Barry Wilkins: Associate Career Coach
Barry is an independent management-level career coach, with over 20 years’ experience in senior training and development. He has expertise in all aspects of interviewing techniques and psychometric profiling. His extensive range of skills include psychological skills, NLP, soft systems, facilitation, counselling and process consultancy.
Alexis Drake: Data, Marketing and Communications Manager
Alexis’s role involves managing the strategic direction of all careers-related marketing and communications activities. This scope includes overseeing the Graduate Outcomes survey, video productions/photography, written content creation, web/intranet regeneration, event capture and social media. Alexis was previously a recruiter in London and has experience of working in HR and training teams. She also has several industry-recognised qualifications from the REC and CIPD. Alexis is currently undertaking an MSc in Marketing and Leadership through the Cranfield Mastership programme.
Sam Page: Data, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator
Sam supports Alexis with the delivery of the marketing and communications strategy. Her role includes promoting the HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey, raising awareness of our activities through social media platforms, creating digital and print resources, and assisting with pre-student employability and internal data requests. Sam has extensive experience within the higher education sector, as well as having a background in marketing.
Liz Erridge: Operations and Events Executive
A long-standing member of the team, Liz provides organisational and co-ordination support for the Careers Team's wide portfolio of events. These include our careers fairs, client presentation evenings and calendar of workshops. She is also involved with selecting and tailoring our online resource offering. Liz’s extensive project management experience, plus her portfolio of campus relationships, enables her to deliver an unrivalled service to the Employer Engagement team.
Chloe Head: PSU Administrator
Chloe is the linchpin support to the Student Experience professional services unit. Her background includes working in purchase ledger, call centres, facilities management and administration. She is the first port of call for recruiters looking to engage with our student community. Chloe has a degree in English Literature from the University of Northampton.