About Us

About Us

Liane Hambly Profile

Liane Hambly ~ MA in Professional Development (coaching and mentoring), Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, BA (Hons) Theology, Diploma in Careers Guidance. Member of the Career Development Institute.

Liane is an independent consultant with over 20 years experience in the career development field. She has supported the development of CEIAG delivery and staff capability for a wide range of organisations including several National Careers Service Prime Contractors. Liane has an excellent reputation for the design and delivery of inspirational CPD programmes at QCF levels 4 and 6, and is the lead trainer for the Career Development Institute in career theory, guidance practice, motivational techniques and telephone guidance. To date she has trained over 9000 practitioners throughout the UK.

She has designed several large scale CPD programmes and accompanying resources, for example, the coaching approach to guidance, a train the trainers programme for Skills Development Scotland. She is author of ‘Let’s Talk Guidance’, a CPD resource which has sold internationally, and is author of the Welsh Guidance Standards and several published articles on Career theory. Prior to being freelance she was course leader in Career Guidance Studies at Nottingham Trent and Huddersfield Universities.

For a full CV and recommendations by students and organisations please visit Liane’s Linkedin profile

profileGeorgie Blackburn ~ PG Diploma in Career Guidance with QCG, Certificate in Recruitment Practice, Level 3 Counselling, MA, BA (Hons), Registered Professional of the Career Development Institute.

Georgie’s experience within the careers sector spans over 18 years and incorporates careers guidance, coaching, recruitment, mentoring, careers research and writing. For the past decade, Georgie has designed, delivered and coordinated careers programmes for students in schools, universities and colleges throughout Gloucestershire, Bristol and the South West. Whilst at an FE College, she coordinated their schools’ careers service through Matrix accreditation.

Since going freelance and developing Lotus Careers, Georgie now uses her broad experience to coach both adults and students. Her strengths lie in using creative coaching and counselling skills to help the ‘stuck’ client gain the confidence and drive to discover their career purpose and potential, so that they can successfully manage their own career.

Accredited and experienced in the use of Morrisby assessments and profiling, Georgie is able to use these tools with clients and give insightful feedback on career and education options. Formerly Georgie researched, wrote and edited careers information for a range of print and online publications, as well using occupational coding methods for a careers software company.

Contact details: georgie@lotuscareers.co.uk
Mobile: 07814 232414

Jackie Pickles

Jackie Pickles ~ Diploma in Career Guidance, MBTI, Assessor award (A1) BA (Hons).

Jackie is a Careers Adviser with over 20 years experience supporting and coaching a wide range of clients .She Qualified in 1992(Dip CG) and went on to work in Derby and Sheffield Careers Services before coming to Nottingham.

She is a well known and respected adviser and has been involved in the development and delivery of Careers and Outplacement programmes within Education, private companies, Job Centre Plus and Nottingham City and County Council.

She has gained additional experience and qualifications in a variety of areas including training, project management, assessing(A1) and teaching(PTLLS). Jackie successfully supported several candidates through the Level 3 and 4 NVQs in Guidance, and LDSS.

Qualified to deliver MBTI and Thomas International, Jackie has experience using these assessment tools with adults in both redundancy situations and Workforce development projects. She is particularly interested in using these types of assessments to enhance the Guidance process.


Helen Janota ~ MA in Information and Library Management, MCLIP

Helen is a chartered information professional with 15 years’ experience in the careers sector. Highly skilled in developing training and publications around labour market information, she uses her expertise to help careers practitioners, teachers, young people and their parents gain a greater understanding of the current and future labour market.

Using the latest labour market information (LMI) and intelligence, Helen delivers a range of CPD training for careers and education practitioners and is well known across the East Midlands and beyond. Her research and writing skills led her to develop and author the What Work local guides to the labour market for young people and adults, now available via the National Careers Service website.

Helen’s main focus is to help others expand their knowledge of the labour market so that they can pass it on. She delivers the LMI module for the QCF level 4 and 6 Diplomas in career guidance and development; has provided workshops at 14-19 conferences and careers fairs; and develops elements for employability programmes in schools. She helps teaching staff to recognize the links between subjects and skills and the world of work as well as offering suggestions around how LMI can be effectively delivered within careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).

Helping parents to understand the changing world of work can give students the confidence to consider a broader range of careers and Helen can also deliver short presentations at parents’ evenings.

As well as LMI, Helen also offers consultancy around the role of careers information within CEIAG provision including the use of digital and social media to enrich learning in the classroom and job hunting.

John Ambrose (2) (1)

John Ambrose~ MA in Professional Practice (Careers Guidance), Diploma in Education and Training (DTTLS), Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG), NLP certified Practitioner. Member of the Career Development Institute

John is a Careers and Employability Consultant working within the Complete-Careers Limited Liability Partnership. He has worked in career development for over 13 years, initially as a Guidance Practitioner, before moving into Lincolnshire’s CEIAG Team to strategically supports schools with their workforce and curriculum development. Before becoming an independent consultant, John undertook a lecturing role on Nottingham Trent University’s post graduate Qualification in Careers Guidance course, as well as the undergraduate BA Youth Studies degree programme.

John has a national profile, to include a 2010 secondment to the Department for Children Schools and Families. His work influenced the introduction of the Quality in Careers Standard (QICS), validating CEIAG quality awards.   He is an Assessor for a QICS validated careers quality award, trained in Morrisby Psychometric profiling and is a member and preferred supplier of training for the Career Development Institute.  John has a portfolio of international projects comprising a Guest Speaker at 21st Century Career Development conference in Banff, Canada, delivered Careers Education and Guidance training to Omani educators and writing a curriculum framework for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

John is passionate about the importance of positive social media and digital engagement in careers education and guidance programmes. He is active on various social media platforms including, Linked-in, Twitter and About.me.