Meet the Careers in Business team

Meet the staff that make up Careers in Business 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 - Careers in Business Manager

Tripp Martin joined Birmingham Business School in July 2014 as the Careers in Business 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 10 years connecting with, engaging with, and nurturing professional relationships. Along with the rest of the Careers in Business team, Tripp encourages all Birmingham Business School postgraduates to create an effective profile, connect with friends, co-workers, alumni, etc., and interact on LinkedIn daily in order to maximise their career prospects. Postgraduates who implement this advice and fully utilise LinkedIn have access to an alumni network of over 148,000 worldwide (as of February 2018).

Tripp Martin

Melanie Billingham - Postgraduate Careers Consultant

Melanie is an HR practitioner and recruiter with over ten 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 Careers in Business 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 Careers in Business team, Kate is passionate about bringing employers and students together.  

Before joining the Business School Charlotte spent 6 months living in Hong Kong, supporting a heritage charity with their projects, including the setting up of their website and the publication of a book of the charity’s history. 

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 five years’ in the public sector and seven 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. She works closely with Sandy Purewal to design and deliver skills related programmes and workshops, helping students to enhance their teamwork, communication and leadership skills. 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. 

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Rosalind Hay - Skills Development Advisor (Maternity Leave) 

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

Lisa Donnelly - Postgraduate Careers Advisor 

Lisa has fifteen years’ working experience within the field of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. During her time in the field, she has worked with a variety of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and therefore has the ability to relate to people effectively and has dealt with a broad range of career queries over time. Lisa has a passion for inspiring people to recognise their potential and formally directed her own business ‘Inspire My Career’. Lisa is currently working with Masters students at Birmingham Business School, where she strives to make a positive impact on students during their short time with us and beyond graduation. In her spare time Lisa enjoys singing. 

Lisa Donnelly

Tanya-Louise Rose - Digital Learning Designer (Careers Specialist)

Tanya joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as an Application Adviser, before joining the Careers in Business Team in 2018. Tanya has a great passion for student employability and has over 10 years’ experience working in a Careers Advisory Capacity, offering advice, guidance and employability support to a variety of individuals from many different backgrounds. Tanya has a particular interest in student engagement, digital content, distance learning and online resources. In her spare time Tanya volunteers with a number of organisations to support with their online strategy, digital content, branding and social media.

Tanya-Louise Rose

Julie Shires - External Relations Administrator

Julie Shires began her employment at the University of Birmingham in July 2014, joining the Careers in Business team a few months later. She has twenty years’ experience of administration within various public sector organisations. This has included eight years working 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.

On a job share basis with Sukhi McDonald, Julie is the first point of contact for students reaching out to the careers service.  She provides general administrative support to the careers team, including assisting with the ongoing programme of events and activities and the Future Leaders Certificate.   

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Sukhi McDonald - External Relations Administrator

Sukhi joined the Careers in Business team at the University of Birmingham in October 2017. Previous to this, she spent seven years at the University of Warwick within Student Recruitment, Admissions and Outreach where she supported the events and activities. Sukhi has 15 years of experience within administration, events, marketing and communications.

On a job share basis with Julie Shires, Sukhi is the first point of contact for students reaching out to the careers service.  She provides general administrative support to the careers team, including assisting with the ongoing programme of events and activities. She also supports other Business School events such as campus open days as part of her wider External Relations remit.

Sukhi McDonald