CCS Team

Career Counselling Services has the following career coach and course tutor team:

Robert Nathanrobert nathan managing director

Managing Director, Career Coach, Course Tutor, Coach Supervisor BSc, MSc, MA, DipCouns, CertSystConsult, CPsychol

robert nathan managing directorRobert Nathan has been career coaching people at all stages of their career since 1978. He pioneered the training and practice of career coaching in the UK, and works with domestic and international organisations to develop internal career coaching support for staff. Rob supervises the work of professional career coaches, has set up the Masters in Career & Talent Management at Kingston University and is a Chartered Psychologist. Robert co-authored two successful books: ‘Career Counselling’ ( R Nathan & L Hill, Sage, 2006)  and ‘How to Survive Unemployment: Creative Alternatives’ (R Nathan & M Syrett, Penguin, 1984). He continues to write on coaching related topics, and regularly runs workshops for professional groups, such as the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology and the United National Career Development Roundtable.Awards and PositionsVisiting Fellow at Kingston University Fellow of NICEC (National Institute of Career Education and Counselling) FRSA ( Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

Relevant Qualifications / Training

  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist (1974)
  • Diploma in Counselling (1980)
  • Certificate in Systemic Coaching(2000)
  • Training in Solution Focused Coaching (2002)
  • Qualified in Level A and B (eg Myers Briggs, 360 degree feedback)
  • Masters in Creative Writing & Personal Development (2009)

 Publications Include

  • Career Counselling (co-authored with Linda Hill,) Sage, 2nd edition 2006)
  • How to Survive Unemployment: Creative Alternatives (CIPD/IPM, 1982)
  • Numerous career-counselling and coaching related articles, including: “Coaching with Open Ears” (People Management, May 2003)
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Czarina Charlesczarina charles career coach

Career Coach and Workshop Facilitator

czarina charles career coachCzarina provides an insightful, passionate and empathic approach to career coaching and brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the type of skills, attributes and behavioural competencies required to achieve career success in this evolving world of work. She has recently co-facilitated CCS career management webinar workshops for a large United Nations agency.

Czarina started her career in PR and Marcomms, working across a broad range of clients within the drinks and FMCG arena. She then moved into Recruitment and Talent acquisition sourcing high performing PR/Marketing professionals across industries such as Technology, FMCG, Sports, Data and Insights, and Behavioural Science. Czarina made her third career transition in 2019, gaining an accredited training award in Career Coaching through Career Counselling Services and the Association for Coaching. Czarina also holds the Coaching Skills Certificate from the Academy of Executive Coaching.

During her career journey, Czarina has been fortunate to work with professionals from a broad range of organisations such as creative transformation company, WPP, the Natural History Museum, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Pfizer, Experian UK Limited, Deutsche Bank, Rio Tinto, The Walt Disney Company, The Carphone Warehouse, Visa Europe, to technology start-ups, Data and Insights enterprises to the NHS and Civil Service. Some examples of her coaching work includes:

  • Career change and career transition coaching
  • Career management support
  • Preparing candidates for the job market following redundancy
  • Ways to manage your personal brand
  • CV & LinkedIn review and consultation
  • Managing Applicant Tracker Systems (ATS)
  • How to approach the job market with confidence
  • Partnering with recruiters
  • Competency based interview preparation tips and techniques
  • Preparing a 90 day plan for a new role

Gillian Freedmancareer coach gilly freedman

Principal Career Coach, Course Tutor, Coach Supervisor – BA, MLitt, DipPsychCouns

career coach gilly freedman

Gilly is a highly experienced Career Coach, Accredited Executive Coach, Course Tutor and qualified Coach Supervisor. With a background in training and a Masters in Psychology, Gilly has worked with a very wide range of clients as well as specialising in coaching doctors and professional women returners. She has trained hundreds of HR and line managers in career coaching skills and in addition runs workshops and masterclasses in career management and career coaching related areas.

Gilly worked on the successful CCS bid and won a National Training Award for career coaching skills training for the BBC. She is the author of the CCS Networking Companion and co-author (with Rob Nathan) of the CCS Job Search Guide.

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Olivia Omideyiolivia career coach

Associate Career Coach

olivia - career coachOlivia is a Licensed CCS Career Coach with Career Counselling Services having completed training accredited by the Association of Coaching, as well as an Accredited Master Coach with the International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring.

Olivia has over 20 years’ professional experience of working as a lawyer within the ‘magic circle’, financial services and professional services sectors. She also has extensive experience as a people manager and has worked alongside professionals from across a wide range of industries and diverse backgrounds.

Olivia is passionate about working collaboratively with career-minded individuals to empower them to gain clarity, manage change, work through transitions, navigate obstacles, develop and advance their career journeys.

Olivia is well-known for her genuine, warm, and encouraging approach and values integrity, authenticity and individual experience.

Kate Mansfieldcareer coach kate mansfield

Programme Development Manager, Career Coach and Course Tutor

career coach kate mansfieldAfter 13 years in executive level HR Recruitment and interim management, and having had her young son, Kate Mansfield realised that her true passion lay in supporting individuals to truly find rewarding and fulfilling careers. She re-trained as a career coach and now works with clients in periods of career change and transition, as well as supporting them with job search strategies and marketing and action plans.Kate works with a diverse range of clients but brings a particular depth of knowledge of working with HR professionals and helping them to navigate their chosen career paths, as well as those leaving corporate life to become interim managers. Kate is also particularly passionate about working with female leaders and women returning to the workplace after having children.

Kate is a qualified career coach trained by CCS and supported by her MSc in Organisational Behaviour. She also has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Career & Talent Management from Kingston University. Kate is qualified to use the Strengthscope individual and team strengths based tool.

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Cathy Browncareer coach cathy brown

Career Coach – MSc, MBA

career coach cathy brownAs a qualified career coach, Cathy Brown works with clients to address their career questions whether this involves reinventing a new career direction or looking at ways of enhancing their current work.

As an occupational psychologist, Cathy has well over a decade of experience in business and HR consulting. She has a Masters of Business Administration from the European School of Management, Paris, and has a Masters in Occupational Psychology with Birkbeck College, University of London.

She works as a business coach with the Prince’s Trust to help new business start-ups. She also is a guest lecturer on the general and executive MBA programme at Nottingham University. Cathy is the founder of Evolve Enterprise and the designer of Testing the Water questionnaire. Together with Rob Nathan, she has developed the Testing the Water Coaching Toolkit, which has helped many people consider their suitability for self employment. Organisations using Testing the Water include the BBC, Boots, Loughborough University and Shell International.

Kirsty Tifftcareer coach kirsty tifft

Career Coach and Course Tutor – BA, CA, MSc Psych

career coach kirsty tifftKirsty Tifft is a business psychologist and qualified chartered accountant specialising in career development and change coaching. She works with senior and middle management clients, primarily in the private sector (finance and professional services).

Prior to retraining as a psychologist (MSc City University 2011) Kirsty spent 20+ years working in blue chip financial services companies, in the UK and USA, with experience in accounting, internal and external audit, operational risk and human resource management. As a result, her coaching practice incorporates a practical understanding of the dynamics at play in professionally demanding work environments.

In addition to being a CCS trained career coach, Kirsty is also a bereavement counselor and does pro-bono work for the UK charity Cruse Bereavement Care. In her coaching practice she has a particular interest in supporting people through loss and bereavement and is uniquely placed to understand the impact grief can have on all aspects of a person’s life, including work performance.

Kirsty is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Association for Coaching, the Association for Business Psychology, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. She is qualified and registered to administer a range of personality tests and provide psychometric feedback.

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Elke Dervincareer consultant elke dervin

Associate Course Tutor (Geneva)

elke dervin career consultantElke is a trilingual trainer, facilitator and coach (ICF certified) and certified career coach (Career Counselling Services – CCS), with more than ten years’ experience working with the United Nations in career management and development, coaching, communication and leadership.

Elke is an ICF-certified coach, London /UK and trained Master Coach in Leadership and Communication (IDC Geneva / Switzerland). Elke is also certified in Belbin team roles

Rachel WrightRachel Wright Associate Career Coach & Course Tutor

Career Coach & Course Tutor

Rachel Wright Associate Career Coach and Course TutorFor over 15 years Rachel worked as a HR professional in both the Not for Profit and Private Sectors to include the British Red Cross, Investment banking and Outplacement for the Financial services sector. She is experienced in change management and recruitment, including interviews and assessment centres.

Following a planned career break Rachel re-trained as a Career Coach to pursue her career goals. She works with a range of clients wanting to reflect on making a career change, managing and develop their current career and returning to work following either redundancy or a break. Her approach is to work collaboratively with clients to enable them to recognise and believe in what they have to offer, get clarity on what they want to do next and support them to develop a strategy and plan to work towards achieving their career goals. Rachel also has extensive experience of interview coaching.

Rachel is a Licensed CCS Career Coach, has a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management and studied Psychology at degree level.

Alexandra RooneyAlexandra Rooney, Administrator, CCS


Alexandra Rooney, Administrator, CCSAlexandra Rooney joined Career Counselling Services in 2008 and has a rather varied background. Born and raised in Vienna where she went to the Lycee Francais and took her baccalaureat, she later went to Lausanne to do a degree in Hotel Management. She lived and worked in several European countries and speaks German, French and Italian fluently.

Alex has often changed direction in her professional life, always following her intuition and what life had to offer at that moment. She is a true “Lebenskuenstler” (life artist) and adapts easily to new situations. Life means constant development and we never stop learning – that concept and her love of people has brought her to CCS, where she tries to organise all the coaches and course tutors and carries out the daily administrative tasks to run the operation.

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