The Work Horizons team
When we first started Work Horizons we were looking for a way to help a couple of friends and family members: one who wanted to return to work, but felt her options were very limited after a career break looking after children; the other who had risen through the ranks at work but felt increasingly dissatisfied with the working environment.
Very quickly interest grew and we realised that there were many, many more people who would benefit from the same kind of career advice and support, but were not in a position to hire a career coach. Over many months we looked at similar services, researched online solutions and started to plan, to design and to write the content that is now the Work Horizons service. You can read more about our service or continue to meet the team…
Dr. Anita Pickerden
Anita was a founder and director of Work Horizons until 2018, when she lost her fight with cancer. During her life she worked for many different organisations, including as a university lecturer. She published numerous papers and books focused on career and employment.
As a self-employed career coach, she particularly enjoyed working with those who started out very unsure about their skills and ability to contribute to the workforce. She said it was a wonderful feeling to see them overcoming worries and doubts, before going on to find work that they really enjoy.
Rob is a coach and business mentor. He worked for many years in personnel, ultimately heading the HR department at a major engineering firm. He was also responsible for the award-winning young people training programme at MG Rover.
Rob is strongly focused on helping people to find purpose in their life and career. For him this came about following the death of his wife and resulted in major career changes; although he maintains that we shouldn’t wait for something external to prompt a review, nor should we assume that large changes are needed to achieve career satisfaction. He has co-authored several books, including one about job search.
Ralph is a business adviser to start-ups and small businesses, as well being a qualified Chartered Accountant with board level experience. Typically he works with motivated individuals who want to start up, grow their businesses, make more money and realise their dreams
He helps people to understand whether self employment would be right for them and challenges them on their business strategy. He teaches them the essentials of business finance and where appropriate guides them through the funding maze to obtain start-up or investment finance.
Philip is a Chartered Marketer and technology specialist. He is responsible for the Work Horizons website.
He has been self employed for 15 years and prior to that worked for large software companies in technical and marketing roles. Working in a company run by venture capitalists with aggressive targets and high management turnover has given him a very clear view of why everyone needs to manage their own career and to work out their own priorities in life. More recently he has held down ‘the most rewarding job in the world’ – working as a stay-at-home dad with two small children, while he and his wife both worked part time.
Work Horizons Limited is registered in England, number 10497646 at 18 Crosbie Road, Birmingham, B17 9BE.