School of Business

Career Development Exhibition

lightbulbs with inspirational words aligned to careers lit upWe are delighted to welcome you to the 2022 ULSB Virtual Career Development Exhibition, running between Monday 27 June to Wednesday 29 June.  The theme for this years exhibition is Shaping Your Future...: Employability and Career Success.  

Below is information on all of the sessions in the exhibition.

Please note that registration for the Career Development Exhibition 2022 is now closed. In order to attend any of the events, please email indicating which session/s you wish to attend and the ULSB Careers Team will send you the relevant links to join.

Monday 27 June

Session One - 12:00noon to 1:00pm

Fireside Chat with Ben Lucas: KPMG: Global Head of Wealth and Asset Management Consulting

Ben Lucas, Global Head of Wealth and Asset Management Consulting, KPMG

Hosted by: Linda Ralphs, Deputy Dean for Education

Join our fireside chat’ with Ben Lucas, Global Head of Wealth and Asset Management Consulting at KPMG, in conversation with Linda Ralphs, School of Business Deputy Dean for Education. Ben will be chatting about how to be the driver in shaping your future career and how to stand out in the current and future job market.

We are also inviting questions in advance of the session to assist in steering the conversation.

About Ben Lucas

Ben leads KPMG’s Global Asset Management Consulting practice, servicing the investment management industry across the value chain and jurisdictions. In addition, Ben is Head of Wealth and Asset Management Consulting in the UK, where he leads a team that can support our clients throughout the lifecycle of their transformations, from making key strategic decisions through to implementation, value creation and post deal integration.Ben has extensive knowledge of industry trends, challenges and opportunities across the sector and he has advised clients from across the wealth and asset management ecosystem, including wealth managers, asset owners, traditional and alternative managers and asset servicers. He has also led a number of industry forums and working groups with key market participants, and was the KPMG Lead Partner for KPMG’s support for the Global Investment Futures campaign to promote and strengthen the UK Investment Management Industry.


Ben has also launched and scaled a number of his own digital products as a founder / operator, including the global health and wellness app Magic Mountain.


Prior to KPMG Ben was a partner at another Big 4 consulting business where he was also dedicated to the Wealth and Asset Management sector. He has extensive experience in the sector having built and led Wealth and Asset Management Consulting businesses over the last 2 decades at multiple firms.

Session Two - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

LinkedIn Masterclass

Tobias Gould, Business Innovation Fellow, Leicester Innovation Hub
Fran Vickers, Employability Consultant, ULSB Careers Team
Paul FitzGerald, Career Development Coach, Career Development Service

Power up your LinkedIn skills. Join Tobias Gould from the Leicester Innovation Hub, the ULSB Careers Team and the University Career Development Service to discuss the power of LinkedIn, opportunity searching and how to effectively make connections. The session will also consider how to overcome job search barriers to help open up doors to support career success.

Session Three - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

CIMA: Application and Psychometric Testing Success

Jo Monkman, Student Recruitment Manager, CIMA

CIMA would like to invite you to their new interactive session which looks at how to get a graduate job and psychometric tests.

Psychometric testing has become increasing popular with employers in the recruitment of their apprenticeships, internships, placements, graduate roles, and jobs at all levels in fact as part of a wider assessment process. These tests measure someone’s skills, abilities, or personality, according to a defined set of criteria that a company has identified as important when evaluating potential new hires.

The aim of this session is to better prepare you for undertaking these tests, we will cover:

  • An overview of CIMA
  • The recruitment process (hints and tips)
  • Why employers use psychometric tests
  • The types of tests you could face
  • How to prepare and approach questions
  • PLUS interactive practice questions session

Session Four - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Inclusive Leadership

Laura Haycock: Managing Director, Brew People

This session is an introduction to why organisations are increasingly focussed on equity, diversity and inclusion and the value this delivers for organisational performance and for people. We will explore the challenges in achieving positive change and the role that leaders and individual team members can play in creating a thriving inclusion ecosystem.

Laura is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has over 25 years of consultancy experience working with leading organisations across all aspects of organisational development and talent management. In 2021, Laura launched Brew People that takes a whole-systems approach to diversity and inclusion.

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Session Five -  12:00noon to 1:00pm

Expert Sector Insight: Working in the Banking Sector

Asy Ho, Local Enterprise Manager, NatWest
Stephen Grubb, Director, Business Banking, NatWest

Asy Ho, Local Enterprise Manager and Stephen Grubb, Director of Business Banking, NatWest will be giving an insight into the banking sector and its potential future direction. They will also discuss opportunities within banking, routes in, the skills and qualities required and the recruitment and selection processes. The session will also include time for questions.

Session Six - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Expert Sector Insight: University of Leicester: Working in Procurement and Finance

Paul Gowdridge: Director of Finance, University of Leicester
James Trotter: Head of Procurement, University of Leicester

Finance: Influencing the game, not just keeping score and Procurement: A great profession, plus an insightful competition.

The University’s Director of Finance and Director of Procurement explain the attraction of their respective professions and how to go about pursuing such a career, including the knowledge and skills to be developed.

The Director of Procurement will also present the inaugural University of Leicester Student Tender Competition, to be held later in the year. The competition will be a great way to add skills and experience to your CV.

Session Seven -  2:00pm to 3:00pm

Expert Sector Insight: Marketing

Julie Ralphs: Digital Experience Manager, Boots: Digital Marketing
Martin Cullen, Managing Director, Rockstar Promotions
Opoku Sanaa, Marketing Team Leader, Isuzu Motors, Sub-Saharan Africa

Hosted by: Gaile Lloyd-Jones, Careers Coordinator, ULSB

Join our expert marketing panel to find out more about working in marketing, what recruiters are looking for in candidates entering the field and how to succeed within this dynamic sector.

The session will also include time for questions.

Session Eight - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Expert Sector Insight: HR

Lawrence Cramer, People and Culture Director, Inspired Villages
Brigid English, People Partner, People Services, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Kay Gilbertson, Senior HR Manager - UK East, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Clare Jackson, HR Business Partner, Coventry Building Society and Career Development Manager, University of Leicester

Hosted by: Fran Vickers, Careers and Employability Manager, ULSB

Join our expert HR panel to find out more about working in HR, what recruiters are looking for in candidates entering the field and how to succeed within this sector.

The session will also include time for questions.

Session Nine -  4:00pm to 5:00pm

Developing and Working in a Start-up Business

Sam Larke, Leicester Start-ups Business Development Manager
Joe Hopkinson, MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation student, Founder of 'Book a Driving Instructor' and Business Manager, Leicester Racing
Harsh Patel, CEO and Founder at ApnaKey and University of Leicester alumnus

Hosted by: Rajinder Bhuhi, Leicester Innovation Hub Manager

Join our expert business start-up panel to find out more about business start-up: the challenges, key success factors and support available for those looking to start-up or with the seed of a business idea.

The session will be useful for anyone interested in starting their own business, interested in working for a start-up or anyone interested in entrepreneurship more broadly.

The session will include time for questions.

Session Ten - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Organisations

Anna Herko, Director Herkofy

This session will give an overview of current and future disruptive technologies including: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Analytics and Tech Platforms.

It will examine recent case studies regarding how organisations are using and have responded to disruptive technologies.

It will also explore the implication of these technologies for organisational culture, change and talent management.

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Session Eleven -  12:00noon to 1:00pm

Masters Alumni: Employability and Future Success

Dr Jingyi Mao, Lecturer in Economics (Economics MSc and PhD)
Theodora Dede, Senior Data Scientist at Allied Irish Bank (Financial Risk Management MSc)
Jenna Patel, Human Resources Lead, NHS (Human Resource Management and Training MSc)
Shivani Sharma, CRM Executive, Dunelm (Marketing MSc)
Manoj Kanikanti, Activities Officer, University of Leicester (International Management MSc)  

Hosted by: Fran Vickers, Careers and Employability Manager, ULSB

Join our masters alumni panel to hear about their career journeys post-graduation, how their studies have supported their career success and their key advice for future career success.  The session will also include time for questions.

Session Twelve - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

MBA Alumni Career Journeys: Employability and Future Success

Nahi Thebian, AvK Global Sales Leader, Cummins Generator Technologies
Sam Perera, Delivery Manager, NHS Digital
Egle Stark, Onboarding Lead EMEA and LATAM, LinkedIn
Mulaho Hassan, Manager, Campaign Planning Thomson Reuters

Hosted by: Dr Olga Suhomlinova, MBA Director, ULSB

Join our MBA alumni panel to hear about their career journeys following completion of the Leicester MBA, how their MBA has supported their career and their key advice for future career success.  The session will also include time for questions.

Session Thirteen - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Graduate Career Journeys: Employability and Future Success

Amber Shand, American Express, Junior Software Engineer (BA Economics and Accounting)
Yagmur Sisman, Unilever, UK&I Food & Refreshments Finance Business Partner (BA Financial Economics)
Kazi Yunaisa Ehsan, Career Hub Manager, University of Leicester Graduate Scheme (BA Marketing)
Francis Lutterodt, Go-To-Market Specialist, Vodaphone (BA Management Studies and Economics (with a Year in Industry))

Alex Robertson, Assistant Consultant, Steer (BSc Economics (with a Year in Industry))

Hosted by: Paul FitzGerald, Career Development Coach, University of Leicester

Join our graduate alumni panel to hear about their career journeys post-graduation and their key advice for future career success.  The session will also include time for questions.

Session Fourteen -  3:00pm to 4:00pm

A Talk with Zaheer Ahmad: Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity – Consumer Healthcare: GSK

Zaheer Ahmad, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity – Consumer Healthcare: GSK

Hosted by: Dr Lisa Wakefield, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching

About Zaheer Ahmad

Zaheer Ahmed (MBE), Global of Head of Inclusion and Diversity - Consumer Healthcare, GSK is a multi-award-winning Diversity and Inclusion thought leader. Prior to his current role he was Head of Strategic Delivery for the central D&I department at EY. He was responsible for leading the Race, Innovation, and Thought leadership strategies for the firm and chaired the firm-wide Race Working Group.

Zaheer will give insight into his career - the challenges he has faced and the opportunities he has taken. He will look at the current workplace landscape in terms of inclusion and diversity and will consider the impact of an inclusive and diverse business culture and the role we can all play in making this happen.

Zaheer is a highly decorated former police officer, he served in various departments including Uniform Policing, Force Intelligence Bureau, and Murder Investigation. He is a former member of five National Police boards including the Ministerial Progression Board and National Equality Diversity and Human Rights Board. He has contributed towards several high-profile reports including “The Parker” report, a UK Government-backed review of ethnic diversity representation in FTSE 250 boards.

He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010 in recognition of his services to the police service. He is a winner of the Global Equality and Diversity, European Diversity “Hero of the Year”, and “Head of Diversity of the Year” awards. He was named top 20 industry professionals in the Global Diversity List. The University of Bradford awarded him Honorary Doctorate for his efforts to advance Diversity and Inclusion both Nationally and Internationally.

He is a founder of EqualityX which publishes annual list of Top100 Influential Muslims and Top100 Influential Diversity Allies. He is a Magistrate sitting in adult criminal court and Race and Social Justice School Governor. He is an advisor to an independent task force (supported by the UK Government) set up to boost socio-economic diversity in financial and professional services. A fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Society of Fellows at St Georges House (Windsor Castle). A Chartered Companion of Chartered Management Institute he is a member of its Advisory Committee for Race Equity. He sits on the Judging Panel of the European Diversity Awards. He is a Strategic Advisor to the British Academy of Management and a member of the Premier League Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standards panel.

How can I register?

Please note that registration is now closed.  Please email indicated which session/s you wish to attend and the ULSB Careers Team will send you the relevant link/s.


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