Meet the Birmingham Business School Careers team

Meet the staff that make up the Business Business School Careers team (BBS Careers) and learn more about the skills and experience they bring to the team in order to help enhance student employability at Birmingham Business School.


Tripp Martin - BBS Careers Manager

Tripp Martin joined Birmingham Business School in July 2014 as the Careers & Placements Manager after working two years as the MBA Careers Consultant at Aston Business School. Prior to that time he spent 15 years with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the United States and the UK working in graduate recruitment, learning & development, human resources, and operations.

Tripp is an advocate of LinkedIn and has spent a significant amount of time daily over the past 12 years connecting with, engaging with, and nurturing professional relationships. Along with the rest of the BBS Careers team, Tripp encourages all Birmingham Business School students to create an effective profile, connect with friends, co-workers, alumni, etc., and interact on LinkedIn daily in order to maximise their career prospects.

Tripp Martin

Melanie Billingham - Postgraduate Careers Consultant

Melanie is an HR practitioner and recruiter with over 10 years of experience in the financial and professional services sectors, including four years as the Graduate Recruitment Manager for KPMG (Midlands). She is CIPD qualified, with a Postgraduate Certificate in Careers Information, Education and Guidance. Melanie has been a Careers Consultant at the University of Birmingham since 2004, specialising in postgraduate careers consultancy, recruitment and selection, interview techniques and assessment centres; working with students, both individually and in groups, to give them the best possible chance of securing the job they aspire to. Melanie is currently working with MBA students and alumni at Birmingham Business School.

Melanie Billingham

Kate Farr - Employer Liaison Officer

Kate joined the University of Birmingham in 2018, working within both the central Careers Network and the Business School’s Year in Industry team before joining the BBS Careers team in 2019. Prior to joining the University, Kate worked within HR and graduate recruitment for 11 years and is therefore experienced in recruitment, selection and various assessment processes. Kate has a real interest in the Early Careers sector, and keeps up to date with new trends within the sector and the future world of work. Working as Employer Liaison Officer within the BBS Careers team, Kate is passionate about bringing employers and students together.  

Kate Farr

Sandy Purewal  - Skills Development Consultant

Sandy is a Skills Development Consultant, working with Postgraduate students at Birmingham Business School since 2009. Sandy has an MBA and a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Her previous experience includes 5 years’ in the public sector and 7 years’ in the private sector in the area of Business Development, working with a wide variety of clients including, John Lewis, Harrods, InterContinental Hotel Group, amongst many others.

Sandy’s main area of specialism includes design and delivery of experiential skills development programmes to enhance employability skills. These programmes are delivered as accredited modules or through group teaching and incorporate key employability skills such as leadership, team-working, communication and commercial awareness amongst many others. All programmes have a strong focus on reflection and coaching to enhance the employability skills of our students. Sandy is currently dedicated to working with MBA and MSc students and alumni at Birmingham Business School.

Sandy Purewal

Lucy Wild - Postgraduate Careers Consultant

Lucy has worked at the University of Birmingham since 2006 and is experienced with coaching students through tough recruitment processes. Her specialism is LinkedIn and how students can build the kind of network required to succeed in today’s job market.

As a Strengths Profile Accredited Practitioner, she has a particular interest in helping students realise their strengths in order to improve their performance. She works with students from our Accounting, Finance, Investments, Financial Technology and Economics programmes.

Lucy Wild

Rosalind Hay - Skills Development Advisor 

Rosalind joined Birmingham Business School in 2012, and has worked in a variety of careers and employability related roles. Prior to joining the Higher Education sector, Rosalind spent a number of years working in executive search, where she recruited senior level professionals for clients such as the University of Glasgow and the organising committee for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2008, Rosalind took a career break to travel extensively around the world and teach English in Baoji, China.

Rosalind has a real passion for helping students gain greater awareness of their strengths and achieving their goals, and is an ILM qualified Coach and an accredited practitioner of Capp’s ‘Strengths Profile’. She is a strong advocate of the power of LinkedIn to help students build their professional network as they embark on their careers, and has extensive knowledge of recruitment processes. Rosalind also works with Sandy Purewal to deliver the Future Leaders Certificate, helping students to develop vital skills and gain a distinctive edge in today’s competitive labour market.

Rosalind Hay

Tom Ellis - Postgraduate Careers Advisor 

Tom joined Birmingham Business School in 2021 from the private sector. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham Tom has had 9 years of experience as a project manager and management consultant working for two international consultants, Atkins and Arup, in the energy and transportation sectors. During this time Tom has supported all stages of the graduate recruitment process for Atkins and Arup, both Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.Tom also held roles as the project management graduate lead and as a graduate line manager for Atkins. Prior to his professional career Tom completed an undergraduate degree in Business Management with a year in industry and study abroad semester in Guangzhou, China.

As a careers adviser, Tom will use this experience to help students understand the various industry sectors, what employers are looking for and how to use this information to maximise their career prospects.

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Tanya-Louise Rose - Digital Lead and Communications

Tanya joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as an Application Adviser, before joining the BBS Careers Team in 2018. Tanya has a great passion for student employability with 14+ years of professional experience including digital strategy, marketing & social media, training & development, external engagement and graduate & postgraduate employability.

Tanya has particular interests in student engagement, accessibility, digital content, web design, digital learning design, online resources, videography and video editing, branding & marketing, graphic design and photography.


Tanya-Louise Rose

Julie Shires - Careers Administrator

Julie Shires began her employment at the University of Birmingham in July 2014, joining the BBS Careers team a few months later. She has over 20 years’ experience of administration with various public sector organisations. This included eight years at a museum whilst also working as a local history researcher.  Currently she helps run a tree consultancy business on a part-time basis with her fiancé.

Julie is a first point of contact for students reaching out to the careers service.  She provides general administrative support to the careers team, including assisting with and promoting the programme of events and activities.

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Ben Russell- Careers Administrator

Ben joined Birmingham Business School in 2022. Prior to joining University of Birmingham Ben worked in the charity sector supporting the families of police officers and staff who lost their lives on duty. During this time he helped deliver communication and engagement programmes for beneficiaries, supporters and volunteers. Prior to working in the third sector Ben was a journalist for more than 10 years covering a wide range of stories and helping ensure people's voices were heard.

Ben is a first point of contact for students reaching out to the careers service. He provides general administrative support to the careers team, including assisting with and promoting the programme of events and activities.

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Ruth Meredith- Placement and Employability Officer

Ruth is currently working as a Placement and Employability Officer in the BBS Careers team. Currently, Ruth works to support all undergraduate Business School students in their search for work experience, specialising in Year in Industry/Placement support. This involves career coaching, designing bespoke programmes of events, skill development work and one-to-one advice to individuals as well as practical advice on CVs, Cover Letters, Applications, LinkedIn profiles and more.

Ruth is particularly focussed on working with businesses to secure exclusive opportunities for our students, both in the UK and Internationally. Working in partnership with multiple different businesses has allowed for key commercial relationships to be built for our student cohorts. Previous success has included the creation of exclusive roles and programmes for BBS students and she is looking forward to continuing this work within BBS Careers. 

Ruth Meredith

Symrun Samria - Placement and Employability Officer

Sym joined Birmingham Business School in July 2021 having previously worked within Careers and Placements at two other higher education institutions. She works across UG degree cohorts to support students in securing full year placements, summer internships and short-term work experience helping to enhance their skill-set and develop their confidence in their employability journey.

Currently studying for a PG Diploma in Careers Guidance at University of Warwick, Sym is particularly passionate on widening participation and social mobility to ensure as many of our students and graduates as possible recognise their potential and reach their career goals.

Sym Samira

Taranjit Sanghera - Undergraduate Careers Adviser

Taran Sanghera joined Birmingham Business School in 2021, with over 8 years of experience across Russell Group and Post 1992 institutions, and a key focus on understanding the needs of students, graduates, and employers. Prior to joining the University, Taran worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Careers Advisor supporting Postgraduate international students to secure placements. In her years of working within Higher Education, she has specialised in running large projects to support students in gaining work experience, securing short term placements, and building successful relationships with employers in London and the South East area.

Prior to her professional career, Taran graduated in Business Management and has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education. As a Careers Advisor, Taran will be using her experience and passion to support students securing work, understanding the industry, and empowering them to sell their skills and values confidently in order to reach their goals.

Taran Sanghera

Mandeep Dhaliwal - Placements & Employability Officer Team Lead

Mandeep joined the University in September 2016 and is the Placements & Employability Officer Team Lead in the BBS Careers team. Having worked in HE for several years, Mandeep has experience in various administrative and academic-related roles, with a particular specialism in Careers and Placements. Mandeep enjoys working with students providing careers coaching, running workshops and enhancing students skillset and understanding of the employability journey. She also enjoys networking with employers to keep an up-to-date knowledge on the industry and application processes.

Mandeep has particular interests in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to ensure students are represented fairly across the school/college and University. She also has an ILM 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification which she will be using to help students to achieve their career goals.

Mandeep Dhaliwal


Jodie Bird - Industry Engagement Officer 

Jodie did both her BA English and MA in English Language at the University of Birmingham and since 2016 has worked in various roles at the University; starting as a Graduate Trainee in Professional Services, moving on to Central Careers, the Development and Alumni Office and joined BBS Careers in 2022.

Jodie’s area of specialism includes engaging with industry and managing relationships, with a passion for bringing companies into the curriculum to help enhance students learning and commercial awareness.