Meet the Team!
The Talent Match Staffordshire team are keen to introduce themselves to you and show you just how committed they are to making each and every young person’s goal a success. Below you will find a brief profile of each staff member and their role within Talent Match Staffordshire.
Amanda Bailey (Chief Executive Officer)
Role: Amanda’s role is to manage the delivery of the Talent Match Project in Staffordshire. This includes management of the team and the service provided, as well as developing strategies to engage well with young people, employers and partner organisations.
Often found: In meetings with exciting new delivery partners.
Favourite phrase: “This is definitely a curlywurly© moment.”
Jason Wright (Team Leader)
Role: Jason’s role is to support the Talent Match Coaches in their work with young people, including managing referrals and caseloads. He also develops new partnerships with local agencies and organisations to ensure Talent Match Staffordshire is well promoted across the area.
Often found: Reminiscing about days gone by when he had a full head of hair.
Favourite phrase: “Anyone for a cup of tea?”
Joanne Hirons (Administrator)
Role: Joanne’s role is to provide administrative support to the Project Manager and to complete a wide range of administrative tasks for the Talent Match Project.
Often found: Using her ‘x-ray vision’ to proof read and amend documents.
Favourite phrase: “Treat others as you would want them to treat you.”
Richard Williams (Employment Coach)
Role: Richard has swapped from his Employer Engagement role to now work with the service users, helping them to find employment and overcome their barriers to work. He also works on the website, is involved with planning future projects and organises events from time to time.
Often found: Surrounded by paperwork.
Favourite phrase: “Awesome Sauce.”
Amy Preece (Employment Coach)
Role: Amy provides young people with the support they need to access the Talent Match services and matches them with a like-minded Peer Mentor. Amy promotes the project through events and meetings with referral agencies.
Often found: Removing circus equipment from her car and filling it with Talent Match goodies.
Favourite phrase: “Just keeping swimming.”
Jess Kassam (Employment Coach)
Role: Jess supports young people to be part of Talent Match by helping them understand their needs and then pairing them with a dedicated Peer Mentor. Jess recruits volunteers for the Youth Action Team and volunteer Peer Mentors. Jess works together with the local agencies to support young people into employment through Talent Match.
Often found: Geeking out by writing colour co-ordinated lists.
Favourite phrase: “But first, we are going to need more coffee.”
Hannah Bull (Employment Coach)
Role: Hannah supports our young people to achieve their goals and aspirations! Once needs and barriers are identified she pairs our young people up with a like minded peer mentor to continue their journey!
Often found: With a cup of coffee in my hand browsing the Talent Match social media pages.
Favourite phrase: “Living the dream!”
Howard Corns (Employment Coach)
Role: Providing one to one employability support for young people, always looking to find new and creative solutions that come to him. Howard runs the Cannock Into Work Networking Group which provides an information sharing event for local services.
Often found: Day dreaming about his next meal.
Favourite phrase: “BOOOMMM!!!”