Career Accelerator is an education business supported by experts in education, digital, social enterprise and investment fields.

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Team

 

Mayur Gupta, Founder and CEO at Career Accelerator

Mayur studied Business at the University of Nottingham where he was voted in 6 leadership positions, including Global Student Delegate, Business School President and Enactus Team Leader. After University, he took part in a social innovation internship with Balloon Ventures in Kenya and a trading internship in Dubai. He took part in the Year Here postgraduate in London which acted as the launchpad for setting up Career Accelerator. Mayur is a frequent guest speaker talking about education, diversity and inclusion and technology, and has spoken at events in collaboration with Vodafone, Stonewall, UK Black Pride, LinkedIn, Spirax Sarco, the Labour Party and Teach First. Mayur has contributed towards 2 books – DiversityEd and 26 Friends: Lessons to Learn Before It’s Too Late.

 

Rebecca Lewis, School Programme Manager

After graduating from Cambridge University in 2017, Rebecca started the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in West Yorkshire as a history teacher. During this time, Rebecca succeeded in her additional roles which focused on supporting students in their next steps after leaving full-time education. Following this, she continued her teaching career in East London, as a history teacher and the school’s Head of Department for PSHE. Rebecca now works as Career Accelerator’s Schools Programme Manager, where she uses her experience of working with students in schools to ensure that the programme has the best possible impact for the young people with whom we work.

History

Career Accelerator was set up in July 2017. Career Accelerator is supported by Teach First, LinkedIn for Good, Cambridge Social Ventures, The Young Foundation and Year Here to help it develop and scale across England.

Career Accelerator has worked with 30 schools in collaboration with over 20 leading digital firms, including LinkedIn, Just Eat Takeaway, Vodafone, Cisco and GoCardless.

Career Accelerator Advisory Board

Career Accelerator is supported by Business Advisers who are experts in the education, digital and social enterprise fields.

Bronya Oldfield

IoT Programme Manager | Vodafone Business Technology Solutions

Bronya, an experienced Technical Manager with a background in software development and professional services, is responsible for leading delivery of integrated IoT solutions for Vodafone global customers. Until recently, Chair of the Vodafone LGBT+ Friends Network, Bronya is particularly proud of leading the network to promote allyship, raise awareness & increase support for Bi, Trans, BAME, & LGBT+ parents and families helping Vodafone move up to #19 in the Stonewall Top 100 in 2020.  Now more than ever it is important we reflect the diversity of our communities in our workplaces, include everyone and listen to all ideas, and work towards making our world a more equal place for everyone. 

Ashleigh Ainsley 

Tech & Innovation Strategy | Co-founder Colorintech.org | Founders Intelligence

Currently working for Founders Intelligence as a Strategy Consultant focusing on Innovation and tech, on an advisory basis for the World Economic Forum, as a School Governor at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and as a co-founder of Colorintech.org. Technology and Geography are central passions to him, so any system that combines data, location and people is of particular interest.

Chris Howard

Business Analyst, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Intertech LGBT+ Forum Lead, Media Officer & School Chair of Governors

An experienced Senior Business Analyst and Scrum Master who has successfully delivered multiple digital transformation projects for large public and private sector organisations across the globe. An exceptional leader holding various positions including British Army LGBT Forum Media Officer, Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum Strategy Lead, Associate Member of the British Computing Society, Chair of Governors for the New Wave Federation and former President of a Durham University college.

Bruna Gil

Leading Partnerships @ LinkedIn | Keynote Speaker | Financial Times Emerging Leader

Bruna is a Channel Sales Leader with extensive experience in the tech industry, marketing, partnerships, and digital advertising. Currently working at LinkedIn, she leads Channel sales in the Ad Technology space, driving the growth of LinkedIn’s Marketing Partner Program in EMEA.

Bruna has a global role within LinkedIn’s LGBT+ network leading investment efforts in LGBT+ leadership. As a member of LinkedIn’s Social Impact Board, she has worked with numerous non-profits to create opportunity for youths from diverse backgrounds. In 2018 and 2019, Bruna has been recognised by OUTstanding in the Financial Times and Yahoo Finance as a top LGBT+ Emerging Leader. In 2020, she was shortlisted by the British LGBT Awards under the Diversity Hero category.

Dominic Arnall

Chief Executive Officer at Just Like Us

Dominic is the Chief Executive Officer at Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity. Their mission is to empower young people to champion LGBT+ equality. They want all young people to know that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated. Before this, Dominic was Head of Programme Management at Mind, who provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. He also used to be head of Projects and Programmes at Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT+ charity who imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Craig Buckland

Global Enterprise Sales at Cisco

Craig works to develop strategic business relationships between Cisco, its customers and technology partners to deliver propositions for the modern marketplace. 

At the International Broadcasting Convention, he produced and delivered thought leading sessions for the conference, highlighting the fast-paced evolution of the world of consumers accessing content in the Media & Broadcast Industry.

He is passionate about Inclusion & Diversity in the workplace; enabling the full potential of the individual, team and wider business by encouraging a safe space for anyone to bring their whole-selves to work. He leads the Cisco UK&I LGBT+ Network as part of his dedication to this cause.

Andrew Berwick

Freelance Consultant

Andrew is an experienced third sector leader. He works as a freelance consultant, supporting youth sector organisations to develop and execute strategy.

Andrew started his career as a secondary school teacher in a disadvantaged area of West London, before spending 4 years as a strategy consultant with PwC. He then ran the award-winning widening participation charity The Access Project for 6 years, leading a staff team of 45 serving 1,300 young people across England.

Rosie Wright 

Freelance social innovation consultant & post-graduate student at the University of Cambridge

Rosie works with small businesses and NGOs to help them design, develop and evaluate social innovation projects. She is also currently conducting research into the role of emerging technologies in social change.

Rosie previously worked as an innovation manager for the NatWest Group and an advisor for the international development charity VSO. She is additionally a passionate mental health educator and an award-winner writer and photographer.

Robin Chu

Founder and CEO of CoachBright

Robin is the Founder and CEO of CoachBright – an education business which widens university access for high potential pupils by pairing them up with the best university and graduate coaches. Through 1-1 coaching, their pupils improve their prospects of entering top universities in 3 ways: grades, confidence and expectations.

Robin has also held successful roles as the Development Officer at Year Here and as a Producer and Reporter at the BBC.

Our Strategic Partners

Career Accelerator is supported by a team of Business Advisers who contribute their expertise and professional network to help Career Accelerator develop successfully and positively impact its clients.

Thank you to the the following networks who have helped us set up and scale Career Accelerator.

   

 

If you would like to get in touch with Career Accelerator please email Founder and CEO Mayur at mayur@careeraccelerator.io