Meet the Team

Our foundation is governed by our Trustees and run by our dedicated and enthusiastic team who have a range of experience in different sectors.

John Barber

John Barber

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

I am a Co-founder of Work-wise and as Chief Executive am responsible for the strategic planning and day to day operational performance of the Charity. My role involves everything from representing the organisation to strategic and financial planning to designing, developing and delivering many of our activities, supporting young people and employers. I am also Chair of the Get up to Speed with STEM Regional Showcase event.

Janice Richardson

Janice Richardson

Senior Executive

My role involves working closely with employers and young people to ensure they get the best experience possible. I help young people with work experience and career advice as well as delivering our many programmes such as our Employability Academy, What Employers Want days and much more.

Julia Barratt

Julia Barratt

Programme Co-ordinator

I am Programme Coordinator and have worked for Work-wise for approximately 2 years. My role involves collating information for our programmes, producing graphs to enable us to see the success of our courses, contacting schools and companies, dealing with course correspondence and general support for the team.

Emily Woods

Emily Woods

Sales & Marketing Associate

My role covers all aspects of marketing including event planning, content creation and social media. I also regularly speak with businesses and schools to figure out how we can work together.

Ian Straw

Ian Straw

Business Development Associate

My role involves creating new partnerships seeking new opportunities and bringing innovative new programs to the team in  order to deliver exciting and engaging interventions into a variety of school settings.

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Inspiring skills and employability

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If you would like to know how to support our work, become a work-wise employer or how your school, students or son/daughter can benefit from the programme then please contact:  [email protected]

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