Volunteer speakers


Our volunteer speakers tell us they get as much out of the experience as the students who attend the sessions.


The session was definitely the highlight of my week. It was lovely to feel I can contribute in this small way to help the next generation be the best they can be.

Claire Field Group Marketing Director, Manheim

Abbi Buszard - Diageo

I talked with no slides, just honest chat – what I did, what I'd learnt, what mistakes I'd made, what the industry offered by way of a career. I talked about hard work, confidence and self-belief. Some students sat on the edge of their seat, listening to every word.

Abbi Buszard Transformation Director, Diageo

I volunteer as a speaker for the simple reason that if I had known then what I know now, it would have been great.

Lawrence Trist Joint MD, FInsbury Foods

I volunteered because I wanted to share what I have learned and allow the next generation to get a head start in their careers. To give students the chance to understand what they need to do to get on.

Malcolm Parkinson Director, WP Ltd.

I genuinely believe in trying to give back wherever possible. It's also sad to think there are less graduates and youngsters choosing this industry as a career path and I believe it is important for us to raise awareness so that we continue to see strong talent coming up through the industry ranks for the future.

Leila McKenzie Founder, Leila McKenzie Associates

Sharing your career experiences and life learnings with students is a really rewarding experience. It’s really interesting to think through what lessons you have learnt along your career path and to engage with students in a completely different environment away from the workplace. Also a great way to network yourself and to meet others in industry.

Joy Parkinson Faith in Nature

Having enjoyed a successful career in the Food and Drink industry, I’m keen to share my experience with students so that they are more aware of the opportunities that could be open to them. Volunteering with the team at Working Options enables me to do this with ease.

Dave Pogson Independent Business Consultant and Mentor - Wirral Associates Ltd

Young people need inspiration and real-life examples of what they can achieve with focus, positivism and hard work. They are our future leaders and Working Options acts as the key to help us unlock their potential. To help others is the greatest currency there is and even if I can impact one person, that is another person's life on the way to a bigger and brighter future.

Ranu Sharma Performance Strategy Manager - Intercontinental Hotel Group