TRANSITIONS - Key Persons


Carolyn O'Sullivan

Job Titles:
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel
Carolyn O'Sullivan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development having initially qualified in HR in 1995. Carolyn has extensive experience in both the public and private sector, having spent 18 years with Thames Valley Police and the last 6 years at Network Rail. Carolyn is an accredited executive coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management having obtained her coaching qualification in 2009. Carolyn is an ECR certified coach, Myers Briggs and NLP Practitioner. Carolyn is also a qualified workplace mediator.

Debra Ann

Debra Blisson is a highly experienced and successful businesswoman with exceptional entrepreneurial expertise having started six businesses herself, some as social enterprises and some as for profit businesses. She remains a non-executive director for two of these businesses. Debra has worked in the fields of economic development, women's enterprise strategy and policy, social enterprise and co-operative development, and as an advisor to small and medium sized enterprises. She has also written a number of articles and papers on enterprise development. She has been a women's enterprise advisor to the UK government and has established a number of women's enterprise support organisations, both in the UK and Europe. She has also worked extensively across Europe providing consultancy support to both public and private sector companies. Until December 2011, Debra was the Director of Enterprise and Business Support for Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency for the West Midlands. Debra was responsible for enterprise and business support policy, with an annual budget of circa £70 million. She also chaired the regional working group for the allocation and delivery of Enterprise and Business Support funds for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Whilst at AWM, Debra developed a range of policy initiatives providing strategic and practical support to women in business, minority ethnic businesses, youth enterprise and social enterprise. Debra is currently studying for a PhD at Aston University.

Erin Payne

Job Titles:
  • Civil Engineer
I am a civil engineer working in the water sector and with experience in New Zealand and the UK. I became involved with Transitions when I realised that I had no idea what happens to all of the skilled engineers like me when they arrive in the UK as refugees. Since finding out more about the barriers that refugee engineers face in the UK I'm determined to do what I can to help Transitions' engineering candidates. I am passionate about corporate social responsibility and humanitarian assistance initiatives within the engineering sector, and I also work with other social enterprises such as Engineers Without Borders and RedR. I hope to use this and my knowledge of engineering associations and insight into the operations of engineering companies to assist Transitions' outstanding candidates.

JACQUELINE WINTON-EVANS

Job Titles:
  • CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT
  • Director
  • Financial Controls & Planning Non - Exec Director
Jacqui joined Transitions December 2017. She has a Financial Management & Control, Management Consultancy and IT background. She has worked in Public Sector, Education, Housing Management and Global Not for Profit Organisations. During her time as a Management Consultant, she has lead global strategic transformation projects from concept through to delivery. Has designed and implemented global Finance best practices and worked on managing the rollout of the new systems.

JUSTIN BRETT

Job Titles:
  • CAREERS ADVISER
  • Director
Justin has been with Transitions for 7 years and brings with him over 14 years of experience in the careers sector starting off in recruitment and then moving to London Metropolitan University's refugee unit (RAGU). After leaving RAGU he went on to work with long-term unemployed and disadvantaged groups where he gained his NVQ4 in Advice & Guidance in 2008. Since then Justin has worked with families and hard to reach groups across London and is currently working as a project manager / commissioner for a large housing association. Outside of his 9-5 job, Justin has had a variety of roles including a term as Vice President of the Career Development Institute.

Michael Rogers

Mike is a Chartered Geologist and a Chartered Civil Engineer with nearly thirty years of industrial and professional membership experience. Mike has been able to support companies and individuals (both in the UK and Internationally) as they seek to maximise their training and development potential. Whilst at the ICE Mike took responsibility for the international membership development for countries other than Hong Kong and the UK with a focus on conversion of eligible candidates to professional membership. Since setting up CMNA in 2015, Mike has worked with the United Nations, consultants and contractors in regards to the effective operation of their training programmes - the emphasis being on seeking to support candidates as they seek to demonstrate their competencies to be come professionally qualified. Working with Transitions on the Big Lottery Funded Programme, Mike is seeking to review the experience of refugee engineers and allow them to benchmark this against the UK competency standard for registration. Through workshops, discussions and feedback on reports drafted, Mike aims to support these engineers as they embark on a six month programme to evaluate their skills and competencies in the UK engineering market.

SHEILA HEARD

Job Titles:
  • CAREERS ADVISOR
  • Director
  • Careers Adviser
  • Managing Director & Careers Adviser
Specialist graduate careers guidance and employment adviser for refugee professionals in London. Over 15 years' experience of developing and running placement and employment support initiatives to assist refugee professionals back into their professional working lives, including accountants, architects, engineers, HR professionals, lawyers, scientists and statisticians. Founded Transitions in 2010 as a specialist social enterprise in London to deliver services to good employers and to highly skilled refugees who have been offered a place of safety in the UK and have a right to contribute to UK economy and society. 07866 257421 sheila.heard@transitions-london.co.uk

VICTORIA FERGUSON

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL HR