Young Leaders' Council
The Young Leaders' Council is a non-executive, external advisory group established by LUMS.
This Council brings together a carefully selected group of high performing new and recent graduates, as they transition from university life into the world of work and begin to build their careers. This group is ideally placed to help the School with a number of critical, strategic issues and, in turn, the School will work with each member to build their networks and support their personal and professional development.
- Degree: Accounting and Finance, 2017
- Job Role: Assistant Auditor, National Audit Office
Alex has been at the National Audit Office since September 2017, during which time she has become certificate level qualified and gained a range of experience, spending time in both financial and value-for-money audit. The work is both varied and challenging, with the opportunity to gain an insight into government from a different perspective and to visit places you otherwise wouldn’t, whether it’s the Houses of Parliament or Geneva.
Alex graduated in July 2017 from Grizedale College and moved to London in August. She is loving living in London, the food is amazing and there’s always something to do. In her spare time Alex also enjoys skiing, running and seeing friends. Whilst at university, she studied abroad for a semester at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. It was an amazing experience and Alex would highly recommend anyone who gets the opportunity to do the same.
- Degree: Marketing Management, 2016
- Job Role: Client Solutions Executive, Samsung
As a Client Solutions Executive, Stefan is responsible for evangelising the advanced TV advertising business and building the client base for the Samsung Ads European business. His main responsibilities include building relationships with high-potential advertiser and presenting Samsung’s marketing solutions to senior executives at major brands and their agencies.
After graduating from Lancaster University Stefan joined Yahoo! as a Sales - Account Manager on a Graduate Programme. After 5 months in his role he was offered a full-time position as an Account Manager. During his time at Yahoo/Oath, Stefan received numerous internal and external awards such as Yahoo's EMEA award for Accountability and Highly Commended IPA Media Owner & Ad:tech Award for Sales Newcomer of the Year.
- Degree: Marketing Management, 2016
- Job Role: Graduate Scheme, VW Group
Dessi is currently working on a graduate scheme for VW group, which involves alternating job roles every six months. Currently, she is working as a Stock Optimisation Executive across all brands (Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles).
In this role, Dessi is responsible for managing the brand’s £70m total stock holding of parts and accessories, ensuring they have optimal levels of stock across all 5 brands and that they recover revenue/protect profit margins for the stock which becomes slow moving or obsolete.
Dessi was born and raised in Bulgaria, spending most of her childhood and teenage years between playing tennis and attending specialised language middle and high schools, where she studied English and German. After graduating high school, Dessi moved to the UK to study for her degree in Marketing Management at Lancaster University. During her time at university, she was a president of the University’s Marketing Society, a Brand Ambassador for Unilever and an English Teacher Volunteer with a local school in Bailrigg. In her third year, Dessi had a Marketing Communications Placement with Nissan Motor GB and spent a year living in London and working on some exciting projects such as Goodwood Festival of Speed and Nissan’s partnership with the UEFA Champions League as well as the British Olympic and Paralympic teams (TeamGB and ParalympicGB).
- Degree: Economics, 2015
- Job Role: Campaigning Manager, Seven Hills
After graduating from Lancaster University, Becky started her graduate scheme at MHP Communications specialising in financial PR, where she worked closely in raising the profiles of asset managers, plc companies and other financial institutions. Becky joined Seven Hills in 2017 to start working across broader campaigns.
Specialising in media relations, her clients are predominantly from across the tech sector and start-up scene where she leads the press office. Becky works with a host of entrepreneurs and CEOs, as well as philanthropists and purpose-led clients.
Some of her fun projects have consisted of being part of the One Young World team, which took her to Bogotá, Colombia last year where she led the media relations programme for Cher, Tinie Tempah, Muhammad Yunus (economist and all time fave) and Bob Geldof.
- Degree: Management Science, 2018
- Job Role: Commercial Onboarding, Lloyds Banking
James’s completed his first placement as Assistant Manager, Commercial Onboarding Transformation Journey,and a second placement as Team Leader, Client Services Banking Support, where he developed his leadership skills and management experience. He is now seeking his third placement in relationship management to develop first-hand experience of the Bank's clients and products.
James is a highly motivated individual with a diverse skillset and a wealth of professional and academic experience. James has a proven ability of building strong interpersonal relationships, supporting colleagues and delivering client focused results. James graduated from Lancaster University in 2017 with a first class degree in Business Analytics and Consultancy, including a placement year as a Business Development and Logistics Manager at General Electric. A combination of academic studies and professional experience has provided him with a strong grounding in project management, critical thinking and analytics.
James has demonstrated his commitment to supporting and developing others evidenced through his recent appointment as the Business Management Scheme Ambassador and through his support in Graduate Fair events. Outside of work, James enjoys both playing and coaching a wide range of sports and has represented Leicestershire at Rugby, Cricket and Golf.
- Degree: BA Marketing and French, 2018
- Job Role: HR Transformational Consultant, IBM
Sharlene studied Marketing and French at Lancaster, with a year abroad in the States and a placement year at IBM under her belt. During her time at LUMS, Sharlene devoted her time to a number of key roles to support her fellow students including becoming a Careers Information Assistant in the careers team, and a Peer Writing Advisor in the Academic Writing Zone. On graduating, she rejoined IBM in the HR Transformation field as a consultant.
Lancaster has been an incredible place to jump-start Sharlene's career, especially in finding the crossroads between business and tackling global social issues. In her final year of her degree, she was able to go to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and she undertook a charity management course in her spare time.
- Degree: BSc Finance, 2018
- Job Role: Commercial Banking, Santander
Karis recently graduated with a BSc in Finance, and has started a graduate position with Santander UK in commercial banking with rotating locations every 6 months to develop her experience. Previously, she completed an internship with EY and was a post office clerk for a year.
During her studies, Karis was involved with the Lancaster Accounting and Finance society and she acted as an academic representative for Accounting and Finance students.
- Degree: Business Studies, 2018
- Job Role: Marketing Graduate Scheme at J&J (Janssen Pharma)
Tamsin is currently working at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, 1 of the 3 sectors that make up Johnson & Johnson. Her role is based within the company head office in High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), working within different product areas such as Haematology and Neuroscience.
Tamsin is originally from Manchester, however now lives in North Wales when she’s not at University. Whilst at Lancaster Tamsin has enjoyed getting involved in sports teams such as Water Polo and Netball, something she hopes to continue when she move to Buckinghamshire. Tamsin’s degree course allowed her the opportunity to take a Year In Industry which she secured at Johnson & Johnson, introducing her to the Pharmaceutical industry and her interest in marketing, customer relations and company PR.
- Degree: BSc Management and Organisational Behaviour, 2017
- Job Role: Value Stream Sustainability Lead / Management Leadership Experience, Mars
Hannah graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Management and Organisational Behaviour. During her time at university, Hannah was involved in a wide range of activities including mentoring, the Enactus Society, tour guiding, and part-time careers and student recruitment roles. During her third year, Hannah completed a year in industry at GlaxoSmithKline in their HR department in Brentford.
In her final year she wrote her dissertation on Performance Management and the effects it has on people's sense of self and identity - a piece of writing that enabled her to graduate with a first class degree. Hannah now works at Mars on their Management Leadership Experience graduate programme. In her first year, she was tasked with a sustainability project to measure and engage associates on energy usage in the company's chocolate factory. More recently, Hannah has moved into a sales position in the company's Mars Petcare business which is providing her with a new breadth of experience to enhance her skills.
- Degree: MSc Finance, 2016
- Job Role: Senior Audit Associate, KPMG LLP
Audrey graduated from LUMS in 2016 with an MSc in Finance. She has been at KPMG London in the Audit Insurance department since October 2016 and is working towards being ICAEW qualified in 2019. As of today, she has had 2.5 years of audit experience in the insurance industry specialising in Lloyd’s syndicates and general insurers.
The work is challenging as it incorporates both working and studying at the same time. However it is rewarding in a way that you learn a lot about the financial processes of various companies and have opportunities to advise management on their processes.
Lancaster has been a great jump start for my career. I’ve built good networks and made lasting friendships all which I treasure till this very day. After graduating, I moved to London and have been enjoying it ever since. When I’m not working or studying, you’re likely to find me either at the ballet, the Tate, or the Victoria & Albert museum staring intensely at the most inconspicuous objects; like a hairpin.
- Degree: BBA Management, 2018
- Job Role: General Management Graduate Scheme, Network Rail
Tara lives in Leeds but studied at Lancaster University for the last 4 years on the BBA Management course. During this time she did a year long placement at Nestle in York, working in the Seasonal team of the Marketing department. On graduating, Tara joined Network Rail on their General Management graduate scheme.
Tara is based in Operations initially, however the scheme involves a series of flexible placements across the business, so she will be in various different job roles over the course of the year, from things such as the Digital Railway, to station management and signalling. After she has completed the year-long scheme, Tara hopes to move into a management position in one of the departments. Outside of University and work life, Tara is a competitive Irish Dancer and has been for the last 15 years, so that is what she spend a lot of her free time working on at the moment.
- Degree: Business Studies (Industry) 2018
- Job Role: Commercial Graduate, Pladis Global
Amelia recently graduated with a degree in Business Studies and secured a place on the Commercial Graduate scheme at Pladis Global. This involves a 2 year rotation programme, the first working within the sales account teams and the second as a brand marketer, during which Amelia will have the opportunity to develop her skills and broaden her knowledge.
Amelia grew up in the Lake District, and at the age of 11 she secured a scholarship to attend Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Elmhurst School for Dance until the age of 14. From 2016 to 2017 Amelia completed a year long placement with The Walt Disney Company in sales and marketing, followed by a summer internship in field sales and marketing with Pladis Global. In her final year, she completed an internship with Enterprise Rent A Car before beginning her graduate role.
- Degree: Marketing, 2018
- Job Role: Associate Account Strategist, Google
Kelsey Robb recently graduated with a BSc in Marketing, and she is the former President of LU Advertising Society and contributing Member to the Project Management Society.
Kelsey provides mentorship to Students looking to pursue jobs in Advertising whilst maintaining her quirky housewares business - The Cute Quipster.
- Degree: BA Economics and Politics, 2019
- Job Role: Real Assets Graduate Programme, Aviva Investors
Charlie Littlemore will be graduating in 2019 with a degree in Economics and Politics, and has secured a place on the Real Assets Graduate Programme at Aviva Investors.
My job role consists of a 2-year rotational graduate scheme – I’ll be making a rotation every 6 months. Rotations involve: Investment Strategy, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Private Corporate Debt. Previous experience includes a 2nd summer internship at Aviva Investors in Real Assets and a 1st year summer internship at Jupiter Asset Management in Fund Client Services. Within work I’m passionate about sustainable investment and community outreach – particularly helping underprivileged kids get into the financial services industry and I have done a couple of talks regarding this area in particular.
In terms of personally, I’ve lived in London all my life and I enjoy travelling all over Europe, running and also cooking. During Uni I have played college football for Cartmel and have been involved in the Lancaster University Ghosal Fund where I am now Fund Manager. I’ve also played Gaelic Football to a national level whilst I was in school.