JULIE PERIGO

CEO

Julie has an international reputation across both the corporate and the adult education worlds, in Career Management and Leadership. It has been built over 25 years as a Partner in two of the leading international Executive Search organisations, Korn/ferry and Highland Partners (now part of Heidrick & Struggles), and as the Director of PE Handley Walker's Training & Development Division, which she set up across Australia and Asia. She has worked with start ups, SMEs and major multinationals as well as leading academic institutions, and has developed extensive international networks through a career spanning UK, USA, South America, Europe and Australia.

She founded The Career Gateway Academy in 2006, when invited to develop Career Programmes at Cambridge University and Henley Business School. At Cambridge she designed, and continues to deliver, the ground-breaking Gateway Programme at Murray Edwards College (previously New Hall) where she is also a member of its Advisory Board. For Henley she developed many of their Career modules, making it one of the very few UK Business Schools to offer the subject as part of its MBA syllabus. She remains a Visiting Executive Fellow of the School.

DAN DUMITRESCU

Associate Advisor

Dan brings over a decade of expertise as Country Manager, Practice Leader and Partner with the global senior Executive Search firms Korn/Ferry and Edward W Kelley & Partners, living and working in UK, Australia, USA, Romania and Sweden. In addition he has most recently built an international reputation in career management and advisory at Board and Top Team levels, and offers exclusive mentoring and business coaching to clients in Europe and Asia.

In his previous career he was MD at Wang Australia, and studied for his PhD at Grenoble University. He speaks English, French and Romanian.

GRACE THOMPSON

Associate Advisor

Grace is a qualified Executive and Career coach with expertise in supporting people at points of transition in their lives. She has worked with individuals and organisations across the corporate, education, public and not for profit sectors.

She regularly coaches Oxbridge and Russell Group undergraduates helping them succeed in identifying future career paths and then supporting them with the application process. Recent successes include graduate schemes with Accenture, BBC, Civil Service, Oxfam and AEA Technology.

Grace developed a leadership course for 6th formers which has been running in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire for 10 years. The course covers practical leadership skills and approximately 150 6th formers attend each year.

Before re-training as a coach and independent consultant Grace was Principle Consultant at Right Management, a subsidiary of Manpower, and previously worked in the public and not-for-profit sectors in senior and consultancy roles.

She has provided career transition support to people from many business sectors and recent clients include Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Volkswagon, Birds Eye, National Grid, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Abbot Pharmaceuticals, Miele, Dairy Crest, NAFFI, Oxford Instruments and Black and Veatch. She led a career transition programme for 320 employees at GMAC plc, the UK’s leading mortgage provider which included 1:1 coaching and workshops leading to increased success and confidence for staff planning new career paths.

Grace is a vice chair of governors of Didcot Girls School and volunteers in her local arts centre. She has a Diploma in Corporate and Executive Coaching, accreditation in Career Management Consultancy (Right Management) and a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. She is also accredited to deliver the Birkman method of personality assessment.

DR PATRICK MCCARTHY

Associate Advisor (Asia)

Pat directed national change programmes across Australia Post's operations for more than 20 years. He was a member of the senior executive team and reported to the CEO on broad ranging assignments that included process re-engineering, implementing high performance work systems, reshaping the organisation's business information and undertaking conceptual work such as the design of Australia Post's 'Workplace of the Future' vision.

He has worked for the United Nations and has sat on many Not For Profit and industry Advisory Boards and committees focusssing on business development, manufacturing and productivity.

From 2004 - 2010 Pat was an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University in Melbourne where he supported the Head of School through projects directed at developing the Graduate School. In addition he designed and managed the School's Business Mentoring Programme for MBA students and taught in MBA and executive development programmes. He chaired the University's Master of Business Administration Advisory Committee from 1999 - 2006.

Pat also developed Career Management programmes for the MBA Programme at RMIT including special modules for its overseas Associates in Asia. His PhD dealt with career management.

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