About us

About 

us

Changing Education was created out of the passion to make a change in the way that young people were supported, from learning at school to eventually taking the steps to employment.

Our goal is to complement a school’s national curriculum and student support programmes with high quality, effective work experience solutions that achieve the best outcomes for students.

Changing Education is an expert provider of the full solution to work experience, including CONNECT, the optimum software in work experience management.

Established in 2008 by education professionals, everyone in the team comes from an educational background and has a thorough knowledge base of Careers Advice and Guidance, Traineeship Programmes, Risk Assessments and Health and Safety.

Meet the team

Matthew Hodgkinson

Matthew is a Director and Co-founder of the Changing Education Group. He is a former business studies teacher who has previously worked in sales and marketing. Passionate about all things education, he regularly keeps up to date on everything from government policies to changes in the national curriculum.

In his spare time, you’ll find Matthew in Manchester, either at Old Trafford or trying new eateries and music venues. A big part of his life is travelling the world. He’s visited almost every continent, with just the Arctic remaining!

Stephen Hackney

In partnership with Matthew, Stephen is also a Director and Co-founder of the Changing Education Group. Prior to this, he spent 16 years working in the NHS, finally specialising as a Community Public Health Practitioner within schools across Cheshire.

Stephen is passionate about critical thinking and the continual development of effective work-based learning for young people, which he shares as an editor of the British Journal of School Health. Away from work, his three sons ensure that family time is always active and fun!

Craig Blount

Senior Account Manager for Project 25+

Craig started working for the Changing Education Group in 2017 and came into the group as a risk assessor.

The Changing Education Group gave him an opportunity to join the traineeship team, and it soon became apparent that this is where Craig’s personal and professional skill sets were best placed. In 2018, Craig became the Head of Alternative Provision, and he is the Senior Account Manager for Project 25, sourcing meaningful work-based learning for students, and reducing the number of students that don’t go onto further education or employment.

Roman Dibden

Head of Schools engagement & new initiatives

Roman is responsible for developing links with schools across the U.K. Supporting them to drive efficiencies and deliver the best possible outcomes for our next generation of talent.

Roman has received three business awards for: young businessperson of the year, talent and recruitment professional of the year and rising star of the year.

Roman is striving to create a culture of vocational learning and to provide the best outcomes for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Dean Maxfield

Dean is Changing Education’s Employer Engagement Lead. With a five-year career in sales and marketing, Dean applies his experience on the phone to bridge the gap that currently exists between schools and employers to provide the best possible experiences to both parties.

In his spare time, Dean maintains a regular fitness regime, spends a great deal of time socialising with friends and family and an even greater amount of time watching his favourite show ‘Game of Thrones’.

Nigel Shields

Nigel is Head of Business Development for CONNECT. Nigel joined the company directly from working on behalf of the Department for Education (with the Challenge) where he was head of Employer Engagement for the T-Level pilots. Nigel is passionate about employer engagement and account management and he also has a background in information, advice and guidance.

Outside of work, Nigel loves spending time with his two children doing anything that doesn’t involve Wi-Fi. He is a keen golfer in the summer and plays Table Tennis in the winter months.

Jamie Sutherland

Jamie is our Software Developer and he changes the CONNECT software to either make it work better or to add functionality. Jamie manages the support desk, answering queries and performing imports, along with the odd bit of integration work for customers initial set up. With a background mainly in IT, Jamie spent the last 10 years working for NSCG in various roles including e-learning, MIS, quality and even a little teaching. In him spare time Jamie is generally as far from a computer as possible, he likes to hike and run regularly and tries to leave Britain at every opportunity.

Rhiannon Whyman

Rhiannon is our Regional Account Manager – London. She proudly delivers CONNECT software user guidance and work experience delivery to all of our Southern based customers. Throughout her career, Rhiannon has been lucky enough to obtain expert knowledge on work experience delivery for Schools, Colleges and Pupil Referral Units which means she can confidently deliver a whole host of provisions for to improve the odds for young people. Outside of work, Rhiannon enjoys taking advantage of all the sights to see in London with her lovely friends – independent cinemas being a particular favourite!

Dr. Anne Rowe

Career Journey… Consumer Scientist. Industry Research and Development – Domestic Technology, University – Senior Lecturer. Freelance HE & Consumer Science Consultant. Professional Careers Adviser.

Anne joined Changing Education as their first Careers Adviser in September 2013 bringing with her Wilmslow High School and Poynton High School. Anne was instrumental in securing the Matrix Award. Anne worked previously as a Careers Adviser for Connexions Cheshire and Warrington helping to deliver a Universal Careers Guidance Service to Young People and Adults.

Nicola Malkin

Nicola started Changing Education as an Employer Engagement Officer working on a national scale. She has progressed to Junior Account Manager where she works closely with a variety of Schools sourcing meaningful and exciting work experience opportunities. Building relationships with Employers in the local area is vital and Nicola excels in this area. Outside of work you will find Nicola riding her horses or in the Kitchen listening to techno whilst baking cakes!

Amos Madra

Amos Madra is a Careers Advisor and a Life Coach specialising in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals.

His role as a Careers Advisor is to help students make informed decisions about their future. Amos is passionate about helping students as he believes Careers Guidance is vital in supporting young people to achieve their aspirations. Amos’ aim is to equip young people with the right skills, experience and opportunities to prosper and to fulfil their potential.

Joanne Green

At Changing Education Joanne’s role involves delivering one to one advice and guidance interviews and producing bespoke action plans for students from years 9 to 13. Joanne works in 4 schools across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. She is very interested in careers education in schools and likes to support careers leaders in school as they work towards achieving the Gatsby benchmarks.

Joanne qualified as a careers adviser in 2005 and following this delivered IAG in schools and F.E colleges for 6 and a half years. Joanne has also worked in apprentice selection and recruitment for a large automotive company.

Outside of work Joanne is very interested in listening to live music, watching music documentaries and films and has recently started yoga classes which she is really enjoying.

John Knight

John has worked as a Careers Advisor for almost 25 years in various areas of the country from the South East, the Midlands and eventually returning to the North West of the UK. Currently John is based in various Schools and 6th forms across Cheshire and North Staffordshire, working with years 9 – 13.

As a Careers Advisor, John enjoys working with students and helping them to develop their career plans and make informed and realistic decisions for themselves about which direction to take after completing their time in education.

Away from work John is a keen Football fan, enjoys Salsa Dancing and reading History from 1900 onwards.

Rachel Townley

At Rachel has worked for the Changing Education Group for four and half years. She started with the company as a Careers Adviser and Work Experience Coordinator and in that time, Rachel has taken on additional responsibilities including Careers Coordinator, Human Resources, Finance and Quality Assurance.

Rachel mostly enjoys working with young people helping to raise aspirations and assist with their decision making at such an important stage in their lives.

Rachel’s role is extremely varied, no two days are ever the same! In her spare time, Rachel enjoys playing netball and practicing yoga.

Matthew Hodgkinson

Matthew is a Director and Co-founder of the Changing Education Group. He is a former business studies teacher who has previously worked in sales and marketing. Passionate about all things education, he regularly keeps up to date on everything from government policies to changes in the national curriculum.

In his spare time, you’ll find Matthew in Manchester, either at Old Trafford or trying new eateries and music venues. A big part of his life is travelling the world. He’s visited almost every continent, with just the Arctic remaining!

Stephen Hackney

In partnership with Matthew, Stephen is also a Director and Co-founder of the Changing Education Group. Prior to this, he spent 16 years working in the NHS, finally specialising as a Community Public Health Practitioner within schools across Cheshire.

Stephen is passionate about critical thinking and the continual development of effective work-based learning for young people, which he shares as an editor of the British Journal of School Health. Away from work, his three sons ensure that family time is always active and fun!

Craig Blount

Senior Account Manager for Project 25+

Craig started working for the Changing Education Group in 2017 and came into the group as a risk assessor.

The Changing Education Group gave him an opportunity to join the traineeship team, and it soon became apparent that this is where Craig’s personal and professional skill sets were best placed. In 2018, Craig became the Head of Alternative Provision, and he is the Senior Account Manager for Project 25, sourcing meaningful work-based learning for students, and reducing the number of students that don’t go onto further education or employment.

Roman Dibden

Head of Schools engagement & new initiatives

Roman is responsible for developing links with schools across the U.K. Supporting them to drive efficiencies and deliver the best possible outcomes for our next generation of talent.

Roman has received three business awards for: young businessperson of the year, talent and recruitment professional of the year and rising star of the year.

Roman is striving to create a culture of vocational learning and to provide the best outcomes for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Dean Maxfield

Dean is Changing Education’s Employer Engagement Lead. With a five-year career in sales and marketing, Dean applies his experience on the phone to bridge the gap that currently exists between schools and employers to provide the best possible experiences to both parties.

In his spare time, Dean maintains a regular fitness regime, spends a great deal of time socialising with friends and family and an even greater amount of time watching his favourite show ‘Game of Thrones’.

Nigel Shields

Nigel is Head of Business Development for CONNECT. Nigel joined the company directly from working on behalf of the Department for Education (with the Challenge) where he was head of Employer Engagement for the T-Level pilots. Nigel is passionate about employer engagement and account management and he also has a background in information, advice and guidance.

Outside of work, Nigel loves spending time with his two children doing anything that doesn’t involve Wi-Fi. He is a keen golfer in the summer and plays Table Tennis in the winter months.

Jamie Sutherland

Jamie is our Software Developer and he changes the CONNECT software to either make it work better or to add functionality. Jamie manages the support desk, answering queries and performing imports, along with the odd bit of integration work for customers initial set up. With a background mainly in IT, Jamie spent the last 10 years working for NSCG in various roles including e-learning, MIS, quality and even a little teaching. In him spare time Jamie is generally as far from a computer as possible, he likes to hike and run regularly and tries to leave Britain at every opportunity.

Rhiannon Whyman

Rhiannon is our Regional Account Manager – London. She proudly delivers CONNECT software user guidance and work experience delivery to all of our Southern based customers. Throughout her career, Rhiannon has been lucky enough to obtain expert knowledge on work experience delivery for Schools, Colleges and Pupil Referral Units which means she can confidently deliver a whole host of provisions for to improve the odds for young people. Outside of work, Rhiannon enjoys taking advantage of all the sights to see in London with her lovely friends – independent cinemas being a particular favourite!

Dr. Anne Rowe

Career Journey… Consumer Scientist. Industry Research and Development – Domestic Technology, University – Senior Lecturer. Freelance HE & Consumer Science Consultant. Professional Careers Adviser.

Anne joined Changing Education as their first Careers Adviser in September 2013 bringing with her Wilmslow High School and Poynton High School. Anne was instrumental in securing the Matrix Award. Anne worked previously as a Careers Adviser for Connexions Cheshire and Warrington helping to deliver a Universal Careers Guidance Service to Young People and Adults.

Nicola Malkin

Nicola started Changing Education as an Employer Engagement Officer working on a national scale. She has progressed to Junior Account Manager where she works closely with a variety of Schools sourcing meaningful and exciting work experience opportunities. Building relationships with Employers in the local area is vital and Nicola excels in this area.

Outside of work you will find Nicola riding her horses or in the Kitchen listening to techno whilst baking cakes!

Amos Madra

Amos Madra is a Careers Advisor and a Life Coach specialising in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals.

His role as a Careers Advisor is to help students make informed decisions about their future. Amos is passionate about helping students as he believes Careers Guidance is vital in supporting young people to achieve their aspirations. Amos’ aim is to equip young people with the right skills, experience and opportunities to prosper and to fulfil their potential.

Joanne Green

At Changing Education Joanne’s role involves delivering one to one advice and guidance interviews and producing bespoke action plans for students from years 9 to 13. Joanne works in 4 schools across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. She is very interested in careers education in schools and likes to support careers leaders in school as they work towards achieving the Gatsby benchmarks.

Joanne qualified as a careers adviser in 2005 and following this delivered IAG in schools and F.E colleges for 6 and a half years. Joanne has also worked in apprentice selection and recruitment for a large automotive company.

Outside of work Joanne is very interested in listening to live music, watching music documentaries and films and has recently started yoga classes which she is really enjoying.

John Knight

John has worked as a Careers Advisor for almost 25 years in various areas of the country from the South East, the Midlands and eventually returning to the North West of the UK.
Currently John is based in various Schools and 6th forms across Cheshire and North Staffordshire, working with years 9 – 13.

As a Careers Advisor, John enjoys working with students and helping them to develop their career plans and make informed and realistic decisions for themselves about which direction to take after completing their time in education.

Away from work John is a keen Football fan, enjoys Salsa Dancing and reading History from 1900 onwards.

Rachel Townley

At Rachel has worked for the Changing Education Group for four and half years. She started with the company as a Careers Adviser and Work Experience Coordinator and in that time, Rachel has taken on additional responsibilities including Careers Coordinator, Human Resources, Finance and Quality Assurance.

Rachel mostly enjoys working with young people helping to raise aspirations and assist with their decision making at such an important stage in their lives.

Rachel’s role is extremely varied, no two days are ever the same! In her spare time, Rachel enjoys playing netball and practicing yoga.

Our Locations

Cheshire South and West College

The Cheshire College South & West
Dane Bank Avenue
Crewe
Cheshire
CW2 8AB

The Manchester College

The Manchester College
Wythenshawe Campus
Brownley Road
Wythenshawe
Manchester
M22 9UE

The Manchester College

The Manchester College
Wythenshawe Campus
Brownley Road
Wythenshawe
Manchester
M22 9UE

Lambeth College

Lambeth College
Clapham Centre
45 Clapham Common South Side
London
SW4 9BL

Lambeth College

Lambeth College
Clapham Centre
45 Clapham Common South Side
London
SW4 9BL

Connecting Education Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 10354949
Changing Education Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 06677456
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