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Kate Fares

Marketing & Communications Executive

I am responsible for controlling CDS’s Marketing, Social Media Channels and Company Website, I also work alongside Debbie and Maria to support the administrative duties for the business.

What 5 words would our Clients use to describe me? Friendly, helpful, responsive, bubbly, creative

Where will you find me outside work? Socialising with family and friends, dancing, doing some retail therapy or planning my next adventure!  

kate@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800
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Steve Thompson-Martyn

Director & Founder

I lead the business and work with clients. In truth I love the working with clients bit way more!!!

What 5 words would our Clients use to describe me? Open, experienced, responsive, hopefully knowledgeable, supportive

Where will you find me outside work? Either at the Rec watching Bath play, in Dartmouth or spending time with our ever expanding family.

steve@careerds.co.uk
07557 872280
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John Medcalf

IT Consultant

I am responsible for managing and supporting the computer systems and their users(!) within CDS.

What 5 words would our Clients use to describe me? Problem-solver, knowledgeable, innovative, patient, reliable.

Where will you find me outside work? Preferably (but not always!) anything that takes me away from viewing screens.

john@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800
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Debbie Lea

Client & Communications Administrator

I am responsible for keeping Clients and Consultants connected, booking appointments, meeting rooms etc, setting up our clients on our Client Centre and maintaining a good customer service.

What 5 words would clients use to describe me? Reliable, helpful, friendly, understanding, approachable

Where will you find me outside of work? Usually either swimming or out walking, I love to cook and bake and read and spend quality time with my family.

deb@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800
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Maria Coxhead

Executive Administrator

I am responsible for all things financial including sales and purchase ledger, banking and cashflow,  payroll, workplace pension, VAT return, insurances, analysis and reports.

What 5 words would clients use to describe me: Responsible. Dependable. Loyal. Conscientious. Effective.

Where will you find me outside of work? A lot of my (spare!) time is spent with my 5 grandchildren, practising Qi Gong, walking my cockapoo, Rolo, and fine dining.

maria@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800
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Shaun Allred

Operations Director : Senior Consultant

I am the Operations Director, which means I act as the liaison between clients, consultants and corporate sponsors. I am also heavily involved in supporting our clients on a one to one basis

What 5 words would clients use to describe me: Supportive, Encouraging, Knowledgeable, Engaging, Sensitive

Where will you find me outside work? In a swimming pool or open water, watching Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a restaurant with a glass or two of red wine or most importantly spending time with my family.

shaun@careerds.co.uk
07968 140618
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Frances Mitchell

Director and Co-Founder

My role is Regional Director for the Midlands, recommending appropriate support solutions to customers and then acting as a link between corporate sponsors, clients and our operations team.

What 5 words would our clients use to describe me? Professional, responsive, innovative, fun to work with and caring and I am so lucky to love my job.

Where will you find me outside work? Outside of work most of my time is taken up with Bobby and Darcey, my Bedlington Terriers – either exercising or getting them ready for shows, from fun days to Crufts.  We are hoping to increase our family by having puppies in the near future.  Canine maternity leave will be on the agenda!

frances@careerds.co.uk
07557 872488
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Sara Penter

Head of Coaching

I am the Head of our Coaching Practice which means waxing lyrical with clients about coaching and the results it can create, matching our exceptional coaches with coachees to ensure we deliver the very best results and personally facilitating 1:1 and team coaching sessions.

What 5 words would clients use to describe me: Insightful, positive, solutions-focused, clarifying and empathic

Where will you find me outside work? You will find me outside walking or jogging (on occasions!), on a yoga mat, on the sofa reading or sitting in the cinema.

sara@careerds.co.uk
07764 988708

Kate Fares

Marketing & Communications Executive

I am responsible for controlling CDS’s Marketing, Social Media Channels and Company Website, I also work alongside Debbie and Maria to support the administrative duties for the business.

What 5 words would our Clients use to describe me? Friendly, helpful, responsive, bubbly, creative

Where will you find me outside work? Socialising with family and friends, dancing, doing some retail therapy or planning my next adventure!  

kate@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800

Steve Thompson-Martyn

Director & Founder

I lead the business and work with clients. In truth I love the working with clients bit way more!!!

What 5 words would our Clients use to describe me? Open, experienced, responsive, hopefully knowledgeable, supportive

Where will you find me outside work? Either at the Rec watching Bath play, in Dartmouth or spending time with our ever expanding family.

steve@careerds.co.uk
07557 872280

John Medcalf

IT Consultant

I am responsible for managing and supporting the computer systems and their users(!) within CDS.

What 5 words would our Clients use to describe me? Problem-solver, knowledgeable, innovative, patient, reliable.

Where will you find me outside work? Preferably (but not always!) anything that takes me away from viewing screens.

john@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800

Debbie Lea

Client & Communications Administrator

I am responsible for keeping Clients and Consultants connected, booking appointments, meeting rooms etc, setting up our clients on our Client Centre and maintaining a good customer service.

What 5 words would clients use to describe me? Reliable, helpful, friendly, understanding, approachable

Where will you find me outside of work? Usually either swimming or out walking, I love to cook and bake and read and spend quality time with my family.

deb@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800

Maria Coxhead

Executive Administrator

I am responsible for all things financial including sales and purchase ledger, banking and cashflow,  payroll, workplace pension, VAT return, insurances, analysis and reports.

What 5 words would clients use to describe me: Responsible. Dependable. Loyal. Conscientious. Effective.

Where will you find me outside of work? A lot of my (spare!) time is spent with my 5 grandchildren, practising Qi Gong, walking my cockapoo, Rolo, and fine dining.

maria@careerds.co.uk
0333 016 4800

Shaun Allred

Operations Director : Senior Consultant

I am the Operations Director, which means I act as the liaison between clients, consultants and corporate sponsors. I am also heavily involved in supporting our clients on a one to one basis

What 5 words would clients use to describe me: Supportive, Encouraging, Knowledgeable, Engaging, Sensitive

Where will you find me outside work? In a swimming pool or open water, watching Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a restaurant with a glass or two of red wine or most importantly spending time with my family.

shaun@careerds.co.uk
07968 140618

Frances Mitchell

Director and Co-Founder

My role is Regional Director for the Midlands, recommending appropriate support solutions to customers and then acting as a link between corporate sponsors, clients and our operations team.

What 5 words would our clients use to describe me? Professional, responsive, innovative, fun to work with and caring and I am so lucky to love my job.

Where will you find me outside work? Outside of work most of my time is taken up with Bobby and Darcey, my Bedlington Terriers – either exercising or getting them ready for shows, from fun days to Crufts.  We are hoping to increase our family by having puppies in the near future.  Canine maternity leave will be on the agenda!

frances@careerds.co.uk
07557 872488

Sara Penter

Head of Coaching

I am the Head of our Coaching Practice which means waxing lyrical with clients about coaching and the results it can create, matching our exceptional coaches with coachees to ensure we deliver the very best results and personally facilitating 1:1 and team coaching sessions.

What 5 words would clients use to describe me: Insightful, positive, solutions-focused, clarifying and empathic

Where will you find me outside work? You will find me outside walking or jogging (on occasions!), on a yoga mat, on the sofa reading or sitting in the cinema.

sara@careerds.co.uk
07764 988708

The CDS Team

We set up CDS to offer a fresh and different approach in a rapidly changing marketplace. Technology and a changing workbased population led many providers to move towards on-line or remote service provision. At CDS we passionately believed in bespoke face-to-face solutions as well as market leading technological resources to ensure both our individual and corporate clients achieve outstanding outcomes.

Our business is all about people, so our coaches and consultants have been carefully selected to ensure they are qualified, experienced, enthusiastic and motivated to deliver innovative and successful solutions each and every time. Staying at the forefront of work place change is at the very heart of our purpose.

We share a set of strong values, putting clients at the centre of everything we do.  We recognise that we are in a privileged position in being able to help clients, often at difficult or challenging times in their careers.

Going the extra mile is part of our DNA, working hard to provide the right solution. 

We believe how we do our business is why we have an exceptionally loyal client and customer base who trust us time and time again and continue to refer clients and colleagues to us to deliver the results they are looking for.