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Recruiting Talent

Lisa MacLaren

Senior Vice President, Client Services, Cielo Talent

Lisa’s recruitment journey started back in 1997 with Hays. Since then, she has worked across Operations, Sales, Solutions, Implementation and Client Services and held senior leadership roles at Hays, Apple, Wilson HCG and Manpower Group. Lisa has worked across multiple sectors including Investment Banking, Financial Services, Retail Banking, Technology, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services, Oil & Gas, Central and Local Government and Retail.

Lisa is a truly global citizen and extensive traveller, growing up in Southern Africa, living and working in Tokyo for 6.5 years, in Calgary for 18 months and has supported clients and remote teams across APAC, North America, Europe and UK. She earned an LLB (Hons) Business Law from City University, London and completed her Legal Practice Certificate at The College of Law in York (now the University of Law).


St Swithun's Skills: Professional skills to help you stand out from the crowd

Data / Web Services

Thomas Varmer

Thomas is a pioneer with C-Level Executives and their teams helping to reinvent industries and digitally transform business to do more with less, automate processes, delight customers, create new revenue streams & improve profits – with ease and intelligence. He is impact driven with an obsession for customers, having a 'Partnership first’ approach, a strong business acumen and the ability to influence outcomes with an unusually long term orientation.

Thomas is currently working as a Senior Account Executive (currently for Amazon Web Services) and previously worked at Microsoft (Data and AI Azure specialist), IBM (Software account Manager Utilities) and SAP (Key Account Director).

Photo by Fotis Fotopoulos on Unsplash


St Swithun's Skills Webinar: Careers in a digital world: recession-proof skills

John Newton

Marc Andreesen, the inventor of the web browser, once said that “Software is eating the world!” What he meant by that is that software and digital is changing every single industry and manual work and physical objects are being replaced by digital creations. We see that in music, transportation, accommodation and online retail and that will only be the beginning. Digital skills will be the most important skills in the new economy that emerges out of the current pandemic and following recession. You don’t have to be studying STEM to be have the skills that will be in demand by employers, although it certainly helps.

John Newton Biography

I am John Newton and a father of a current student at St Swithuns. I am an American citizen and long-time UK resident who has had a career in digital technology both in the US and UK. I have started digital technology companies in California and the UK serving thousands of large and medium size companies and hired hundreds of software and digital specialists. I studied Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley and joined three of my professors in a start up, Ingres Corp, immediately after graduation. Next I started Documentum, an information management company, in the US with a friend, which listed on a US stock exchange and ultimate sold for $2.1 billion. Shortly after my daughter was born I started another company, Alfresco, another information management company, building open source software here in the UK and sold last year to a private equity firm.

I will be covering why digital skills are so important, what are some examples of digital in the business world and government, and what are some of the jobs that will be available for you in the future. I will talk about skills that will be needed and what you can do to prepare study for those skills. I will also discuss some of the fields of study that employers will be looking for when they are hiring prospective graduates."

Data visualisation and story telling

Claudia Krinks

Claudia heads up the operations for a division of an outsourcing company. Her role is to manage the commercial success of the service line and encompasses finance, compliance, resourcing and implementation of a fast-growing part of the business.

Having qualified as an accountant with PwC, Claudia has worked with growing businesses throughout her career. She is passionate about diversity in the workplace and spent 2 years working on a project to help professional women return to work after a career break. She studied Sciences & Maths at A’level and then read Law at university, all of which have been valuable in her career. Outside of work, Claudia is often found on The Hamble with her paddle board.

St Swithun's Skills Webinar: How businesses manage their finances

Richard Turner

Navigating accounts:

Profit and loss: revenue, costs and profit

Balance sheet: assets and liabilities

The importance of cashflow

Raising money

Tax: the tax on profits, VAT and payroll taxes

Richard Turner is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting based in London. Richard leads FTI Consulting’s Life Science Tax team and leads tax and innovation services encompassing IP planning, R&D incentives and the UK Patent Box. 

Latterly, Richard was a Partner at Deloitte and part of the UK Healthcare and Life Science leadership team working with over 30 UK headquartered companies in the sector and several global pharmaceutical and medical device companies. 

Prior to that, Richard worked as an International Tax Director for PowderJect Pharmaceuticals Plc and Chiron Corporation, spending significant time in the US, Germany and Italy.

Richard has provided input to HMRC and Treasury for R&D tax incentives and Patent Box.

His roles outside FTI include BIA Finance & Treasury Committee, Fiscal lead for the MMIP.

Richard has wide UK and international tax experience ranging across:

Advising companies and trade bodies on the design and implications for the UK Patent Box regimeR&D incentive claims large enterprises and SMEs and related transactional advice and planningAdvice on licensing and acquisition and divestment of intellectual property rightsTransfer pricing and supply chainTax strategy and ETR modellingInternational expansionTax reporting, compliance and governance

St Swithun's Skills Webinar: Every day is different in the world of business

Tim Reid

Every day is different in the world of business and qualities you will need.

St Swithun's Skills Webinar: An introduction to investing and debt

Helen Driver

Helen is a former investment fund manager, who worked for HSBC and Aviva Investors in London and Standard Life Investments in Edinburgh. As a Fund Manager, Helen had responsibility for investing her client's money in companies listed on the UK and Global stock exchanges.Helen is the founder of Moneyready, an online financial education platform for young people aged 7-18 years covering all aspects of money and finance, from budgeting to borrowing, student loans to investing. Helen is also a Director of a UK Equity Investment Trust.

Why invest?Different types of investmentInvestment risk - inflation, credit, capital risk etc.,Investment returns - growth & dividendsIntroduction to stockmarkets - FTSE...Investment terms - bull/bear market etc.,Investing - the gender divide...Q&As

St Swithun's Skills Webinar: Product development - moving ideas forward

Stuart Barr

Product development - moving ideas forward

St Swithun's Skills Webinar: Basics of Negotiations

Shameel Naqvi

Definition of Negotiation: How do we define negotiationsQualities of good negotiator: What are some of the good qualities and bad qualities of negotiatorsPlanning Guide: How planning would help in negotiations and what are the essential elements of planning that will help me to get better preparedBody Language: It's just not our verbal ability during negotiation, our entire body talks

Shameel Naqvi BiographyI have been associated with the consumer goods industry as operations professional (procurement – supply chain – manufacturing) for the last 24 years. I have worked for different geographies (Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America) in the capacity of Head of Procurement which has enabled me to work with diverse cultures, industries and people in the field of negotiations. I have a big passion for negotiations as I believe we negotiate everyday with external people and within ourselves. In my professional career I have led several major negotiations across various cultures, geographies and have also developed and delivered several courses on negotiation skills.

Reference Books
In business as in life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate (Chester Karrass) / Give & Take (Chester Karrass) /
The Negotiating Game (Chester Karrass) / Getting to Yes (Roger Fisher & William Ury) / Building Agreement (Roger Fisher & Daniel Shapiro)

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