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Melvin Hurley Careers-Action CEO (Voluntary Part-Time) Leader and founder of Careers-Action, originally named Milton Keynes Executives Action in 2011, Melvin is now Chief Executive Officer of Careers-Action. A Chartered Marketer, with board-level management experience. Melvin has worked in both corporate and SME businesses nationally and internationally. Melvin’s past voluntary work has included coaching, management, lobbying and fundraising for an ice hockey club, contributing editor of a parish magazine, youth leadership and  Ambassador for the Institute of Cancer Research “everyman” Appeal. Since starting Careers-Action Melvin has completed a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector), Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development, and numerous other courses to help with  MKEA programme planning and delivery.
Peter Bellingham Special Advisor and Career Consultant Provider of independent career transition and career management support to senior executives. Peter has over 20 years of experience with leading corporate providers following a career in international business development for large and small organisations. Experienced across all industries and disciplines and can, through experience, assess where skills/experience are transferable to another sector. Thinking outside the box is a core skill.

Trainers, Experts and Speakers
Careers-Action is grateful to the people below for their help training and sharing their expertise with our members.

Gordon Adams Market research expert, Managing Director at Alternative Futures Research Ltd.  Author of “Overcoming Redundancy” and “Great Mid-Life Career Switch”.
 Chris Alcock Trainer and Coach in Lean Six Sigma.
Simon Badman Social Media & Content Marketing Expert Trainer. Partner of Social B. Conference speaker on social media, communications and branding.
Jon Baker Speaker and coach, tackling the 33% productivity gap caused by ignorance of introversion. Author of The Go-To Expert.
Jim Bailey (Retired) Teacher Training Recruitment Specialist Milton Keynes, Former Head Teacher.
Sunil Bali Executive Coach, Performance Psychologist, Personal Branding expert. Ex-Head of Talent Vodafone Group & Santander (UK).
Alex Balicki Head of Training and Technology at PJ Care, formerly Business Development Manager at Bucks New University and Business Engagement Manager at MK College.
Peter Barnett Business Development Strategy, Sales Management, Telemarketing, Web Marketing, Email Marketing Specialist. Managing Director of Sales Managed.
Tom Bartlett Careers specialist trainer and consultant providing training including CV Writing, Succeeding at Interview, and Mid-Life Career Review. Effectively delivered rapid and targetted responses to redundancy contracts with private businesses, including Tesco, RBS, and the Coop.
Julie Bean Business development specialist, Coach, Trainer, Leadership Development, Ideas Creation and Strategy. Managing Director of The Business Box and Head of Client Management at RedFish UK.
Paul Beesley Senior Consultant, BeyondTheory – business training & coaching. Business growth consultant to organisations, teams and individuals  Paul puts his 20+ years experience in commercially driven HR and people development to work to provide quality people development.
Clive Bennett (Deceased) – a highly professional and dedicated provider of Interim Executives since 1996 with an extensive network of ‘Career Interim’ contacts and drawing on over 20 years at the ‘sharp end’ to match candidates to client’s needs.
Laurie Bernard Business growth specialist, trainer, consultant and mentor.
Andre Brady Owner Brady Harvey Legal Consultants &  Recruitment Specialists.
Chris Brookes Market research specialist helping businesses make the right decisions.
Richard Brooks-Harley Learning and development business partner/programme manager with performance coaching and change programme implementation skills.
Alan Bullen Managing Director Lynx Networks.
Kate Bygrave Founder/Director of Wild Lives an Environmental Education and outdoor learning charity.
Darren Card Managing Director Intelligent Employment, Managing Director Intelligent Talk. Recruitment, telephone sales, business development expert.
Duncan Campbell Restaurateur and Amway Business Owner.
Jo Clarke Mindfulness Consultant providing training to individuals and organisations. Owner of Inner Space Works.
Mike Cowan Director at MCL; an L&D business focusing on Managers  & Supervisors managing themselves and their teams more effectively.
Graham Crow Wellness Therapist Owner of Dragonfly Healing Energies experienced career change.
John Dale Careers-Action Founder and Director Public Speaker, Business Networking specialist, Trainer, Conference Organiser and former senior NHS and Ambulance Service officer. Trustee of Careers-Action.
Emily Darlington Politician, formerly Head of Strategy for University Alliance, Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs for New Philanthropy Capital, Board Member DACS, Board Member and Volunteer Tushinde Children’s Trust.
Chris Davies Business development and sales training specialist.
Simon Drake Company Director – Advisor – Mentor -Executive Recruitment, interim/Contract, Technology & Change, Leadership Consulting.
Anneke Edmunds  Strategic marketer and communications expert. Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at FalmouthUniversity.
Mandy Evill Business and Personal Development Consultant with The Proctor Gallagher Institute.
Tony Fasulo Motivational Speaker, End Point Support Manager, Company Director.
Cassie Footman Business Coach and International Speaker; with clients in more than 24 countries.
Liz Gifford Expert at leading the formation of partnerships and making them work. Director The Training Grid, Skills Consultant MK Gateway and former Director Milton Keynes Economy and Learning Partnership.
Phil Green Director at Maybe Magazine
Mark Hedberg Author, speaker, career and team development and mentor.
Danny Hobbs Commercial Director StaffCo Direct. An internationally experienced Miller Heiman trained Strategic Sales and Commercial Director.
Mick Holloway Social Media Networking Specialist & Coach, Owner 24-7 Business Networking.
Sharon Horn Learning and Development specialist. Licensed practitioner of MBTI Step I &  Step II, 16PF, FIRO-B and OPQ32 psychometrics.
Chris Jones Operations, Supply Chain, Procurement and General Manager. Author of the book “LinkedInterwork – the job seeker advice you need” and trainer in using social media in job hunting.
Mike Jones Emotional Intelligence and Executive CoachingSpecialist Founder Director of Potential Matters.
Beverly Kepple Owner DISC Profiles International. author of “Discovering the Ultimate Tool” How to build rapport almost instantly and get on with anyone you meet in any circumstance using the DISC model of behaviour.
Alex Klein Business Management, Development & Consultancy Specialist. Expert in cross-functional team leadership, performance management, asserted risk control, negotiation and business development.
Yvette Lamidey Licensed business growth coach and trainer, business strategist, innovator and thought leader
Mike Leaf Quality Assurance Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
Matthew Lutz Strategic Planning Specialist (Funding & Specification), Planning & Regulation, Former Resourcing Manager at Network Rail.
Vince Macaulay CEO London Lions Basketball.
David Maidment Former Owner of Printer Medic and Chair of FSB North Bucks.
Jon Manning Award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Trainer and CEO of Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support.
John Marshall Former Manager Milton Keynes Food Bank.
Tess Marshall Recruiter and project manager, experience in the nonprofit and professional services sectors.
Alan Matthews  Director Fortress Distribution.
Jen Matthews Director Fortress Distribution.
Graham Miller Director Media-VU Specialist communication skills, video production, social media and PR. Former global sports broadcaster and producer/reporter.
Stuart Moore Director at Bamboo-Panda.co.uk Business lecturer and coach.
Gillian Ormston Learning and Development Business Partner with Beds, Cambs and Herts Police. Commercial Training Manager – Learning and Development Consultant, ILM Tutor (Leadership & Management / Coaching & Mentoring) Business Partner and Consultant Double Trouble.
Mark Orr Business mentor and print & direct marketing specialist. Owner Printing &Mailing, Chairman, The Business Growth Club. Trustee Careers-Action.
Annie Page Coach, Trainer, Author and Speaker, qualified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Trainer, Master Practitioner and Coaching Master Director at Essenti.
Becky Piper Freelance Graphic Designer formerly Cranfield School of Management.
Gill Quinell Owner, Little Ones Sensory Bonding, early years learning specialist.
Paula Reid Human Resources Advisor.
Gina Reilly Deputy Director Through the Gate Provision Milton Keynes College, formerly Head of Community and Employment Programme at MK College.
Dr. Sadie Reynolds Specialist in leadership and management learning and development, career counselling, coaching and mentoring, mediation, conflict handling/resolution. Managing Director/Owner at Calibre Solutions Limited.
Billy Richie Associate Pastor at Milton Keynes Christian Centre.
Mike Ricketts Business Mentor and Chartered Marketer. Managing Director at The Marketing Toolbox Ltd. Managing Partner at Dream Plan Achieve. Mentor Programme Manager Thames Valley Branch at Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Stephen Roberts Motivational Speaker and Presenter on Business “Start-ups” and Business Networking. Sales, Marketing Projects Director of 3D Printers, Wifi, ICT and Broadband via Satellite Dish, TV Antenna Systems, C&R Technologies Ltd.
Ian Robinson Finance Director & Director of Internal Audit with particular emphasis on business turnaround and transformation, corporate governance and risk management. European Director of Internal Audit NYK Group Europe Ltd.
Suzan St Maur Best-Selling Author, Book Coach & Positive Editor at BetterBooksMedia.com
Daniel Sanders Research Fellow and volunteer Club Growth Director at Toastmasters International District 71 (Ireland and N Britain).
Kate Shanks People Director at OMNE Agency.
Jacky Sherman Referral Marketing Specialist and expert in networking, lead generation, business development, marketing strategy
Stephen Sheppard Head of Supply Chain, Logistics & Facilities – Europe at Hughes. 
Dale Smith Director at BizTek Recruitment Ltd.
David (DJ) Smith Specialist in performance management, new venture planning and funding, financial and operational modelling and project management.
Helen Smith Director HR & OD Consultancy Services.
Tony Stanyer (Retired) Former founder of Woughton Vinyard and Orchard.
Iain Stewart Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes South. Formerly Consultant within the Board Practice of the Executive Search firm, Odgers, Ray & Berndtson.
David Stimson Commercial Director at Secklow Sounds. Commercial Mediator, Business transitional mentor, Pre Tribunal Investigator and Pioneer in distance mediation.
Ken Summerfield HR trainer and personal development and recruitment specialist.
Josephine Thomson Owner Dress for Success. Colour consultant and personal shopper.
Stephen Thorn Executive Director at Wilderculture, Consultant Cass Business School and non-profit marketing consultant.
Jo Thurman Career Coach-guiding individuals & companies through career path options, career management, redundancy & job-search.
Jonathan Vowles Tax saving specialist Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Accountant, AVN Accountant Jonathan Vowles Chartered Accountants. DirectorJonathan Vowles Bookkeeping Services Ltd DirectorVantage Business Consulting Ltd.
Charlie Wardle Chartered Accountant (ACA) with an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, post-grad diploma in Marketing Health and Wellbeing Specialist. Chief Executive at The Mountain Coach & Mountain Parallels.
Lisa Warner Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker Owner of Fink cards and Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the O2 X Awards 2009.
David Wellbelove Headshot and E-commerce product photographer.
Brian White (Deceased) Former Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North West, Mayor of Milton Keynes and founder of Careers-Action.
Richard White Freelance business professional and business owner, operating across sales, marketing, training and business operations. Director Maybe Magazine.
Maureen Windridge Retired. Previously owner MW Bookkeeping.
Steve Windsor Founder and Managing Director Net Stratagems, LinkedIn training expert.

Martin Wood Business owner mentor, IT Consultant, Operations Direction of an international not-for-profit membership organisation.

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