Meet our volunteers

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 55,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help inspire young people to do the jobs they love.

Find out about some of their jobs, experiences and why they volunteer here. If you are a volunteer and would like to share your experience to be featured please do so here.

Kate Medhurst, Vice President and Senior Documentation Officer

23 January 2020

23 January 2020

Kate Medhurst is the Vice President and Senior Documentation Officer at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Banking is not always about numbers!  Kate uses languages other than English while at work quite often when negotiating contracts and talking with clients, so she definitely thinks that it would be advantageous in the banking sector. Could you […]

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Mandy Catchpole, Head of Nursing and Quality

13 January 2020

13 January 2020

Mandy Catchpole is Head of Nursing and Quality at Hastings and Rother CCG. Starting her NHS life wanted to be a Midwife, Mandy didn’t end up where she thought she would be.  When asked about her career, she told us how she became Head of Nursing and Quality and why others should think about a […]

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Leanne Sheen, Solicitor

9 January 2020

9 January 2020

Leanne Sheen is a Solicitor for Allen & Overy LLP. Working as a Solicitor abroad, Leanne has the chance to use foreign languages all the time, using another language other than English everyday! Could you give us some examples of when you have used foreign languages at work? I work in Frankfurt, Germany, and I […]

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Emma Richardson, Midwife

30 December 2019

30 December 2019

Emma Richardson is a Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Emma’s career in nursing didn’t start the moment she left school.  Instead, she travelled and had other careers before going for her current role.  After studying hard, she was able to reach her goal and became a Midwife.  How?  She details this below. Can […]

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Lucy Beney, Writer and Researcher

26 December 2019

26 December 2019

Lucy Beney is a Freelance Writer and Researcher. Using a language other than English only occasionally, Lucy still believes that there are massive benefits to speaking another language.  Find out how she uses foreign languages at work below. Could you give us some examples of when you have used foreign languages at work? Attending conferences […]

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Tracey Norris, Divisional Head of Nursing

16 December 2019

16 December 2019

Tracey Norris works as the Divisional Head of Nursing at North Middlesex University Hospital. Entering into nursing at the age of 19, Tracey has had plenty of experience working with patients.  From begin an adult and children’s Nurse and gaining her Master’s degree, she has done so much in our hospitals. Can you give some […]

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Katie Morrison, HR Business Partner

12 December 2019

12 December 2019

Katie Morrison is an HR Business Partner at Canon Europe. Katie loves working in the EMEA headquarters of Canon, which is a very international and multicultural organisation (with 40+ nationalities!).  Although she works in a language other than English only occasionally, she believes that knowing another language is great for relationship building. Could you give […]

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Martin Griffiths, Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon

2 December 2019

2 December 2019

Martin Griffiths is a Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. “Never be defeated by bad outcomes,” Martin advises young people interested in a career in healthcare.  He has taken the time to given young people some fantastic advice on how to follow his career path and what he has done to […]

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Walter Anzer, Senior Consultant

28 November 2019

28 November 2019

Walter Anzer is a Senior Consultant for Anzer Consultancy Ltd. Walter uses a foreign language everyday he is at work and believes that being able to speak a foreign language is advantageous in his industry.  However, he also thinks that you would need to be very proficient. Could you give us some examples of when […]

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Jahnavi Daru, SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Clinical Lecturer

18 November 2019

18 November 2019

Jahnavi Daru is an SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a Clinical Lecturer. Despite the time away from home, Jahnavi enjoys his career and helping women with complex needs throughout their pregnancies.  He took the time to answer some questions about his work and the advice he would give to young people to […]

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