03 - Greater London
Wilma took up the post of Regional Coordinator, London in September 2010. Prior to that Wilma was Director of the Centre for Career and Skills Development at City University London.
Wilma was also President, Chair of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (Agcas) between 2008-2010. She first joined Agcas Board in 2004 as Profession Development Coordinator and then went on to become Vice President and President Elect. Wilma was Director of The Centre for Career and Skills Development at City University London between April 2002 and her retirement in 2010. Prior to City she spent 14 years at London Metropolitan University where she held several roles within the Careers Service, latterly as Guidance Development Manager. She is widely known for her work in skills development and has been was involved with several national mentoring programmes since the early nineties. Wilma has more than 20 years of private sector experience her early working career began in administration and retail. Several retail management positions followed by self employment led her to the perceived safety of the public sector. She has commercial experience working with plc boards and holding non executive positions in public organisations. In addition to her commitment to equality and inclusion she brings passion and experience on the skills agenda.
Wilma is still actively engaged in employability, skills and widening participation projects. She was a member of both London East Thames Gateway (LETG) and London West, Central and North (WECAN) area AimHigher partnership committees. Wilma also served on; the Board of the Association of Graduate Recruiter (AGR), the Council of the Association of University Administrators (AUA), HECSU Board and the Advisory Board of the Student Volunteering Initiative. She was a member of the Graduate Employment Forum and an on the advisory forum of Lord Browne’s Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance she is also involved with the National Student Forum.
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