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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Photo of Careers and Industry Lead, Frances Jenkins in the Kingston Maurward grounds

Photo of Careers Advisor, Penny Carey in the Kingston maurward grounds

Frances Jenkins – Careers and Industry Lead

As KMC’s Careers and Industry Lead, Frances is responsible for the operational and strategic development and delivery of KMCprepared. This includes working with staff, students, employers, colleges and universities to make sure that students get exceptional support to make well-informed career and progression choices. Frances has always had a passion for supporting others and helping people to identify their skills and strengths.

She also facilitates Student Voice (KMC:SV), manages industry placements and oversees work placement compliance. She is a Staff Governor and has recently gained a Level 6 qualification in Careers Leadership from the CDI (Career Development Institute)

Penny Carey – Careers Advisor

Prior to her role at Kingston Maurward, Penny worked as a Careers Adviser with a wide range of young people in schools, colleges and in the community. Penny has a Diploma in Careers Guidance (Parts 1 and 2) and extensive experience working with students who have special educational needs.

Penny offers independent and impartial careers guidance to students during the academic year, through 121 careers interviews and group sessions. Her broad ranging knowledge of both Kingston Maurward courses and other options including apprenticeships, other Further Education courses, employment and Higher Education helps students to identify the best pathway for them.

Penny always listens without judgement or bias and gives students a safe space in which to discuss their next steps.

Michelle – UCAS Advisor | 01305 215251

As UCAS Advisor Michelle helps students that want to apply for higher education. She knows the buzzword ! (this is part of the UCAS process!) and can help students get registered and start the online application process.

Michelle also offers advice on student finance and will proof read and give feedback on personal statements if requested. If you’re thinking of applying to University or to move onto higher education, Michelle can always be found in the LRC where you can pop in and see her anytime.

Lily – SUN Progression Mentor | 01305 215251

Lily’s role involves supporting UniConnect students with all things related to progression, this includes going to university, doing an apprenticeship, gaining employment or talking through different options with students who are unsure on their next steps. Lily offers 121 appointments with students, small group mentoring sessions, UCAS application support, student workshops, sourcing guest speakers and organising external visits, all to help students explore their progression opportunities.

Based in the Careers Common Room (next to the Coach House Café) the Careers Team operate an ‘open office policy’ which means students are welcome anytime! The Careers Team are always here to help.

The Careers Team are supported in their roles by Nicky Porter, Assistant Principal Student Experience and Progression, who has worked at Kingston Maurward for several years across a number of different departments within the College. She is incredibly passionate about supporting students and has extensive safeguarding knowledge and experience implementing processes that keep our students safe. Nicky always has the students’ best interests at heart.


Richard Bourne is the College’s Link Governor for Careers. He has a particular interest in the transition of young people from education into the work place. Before retiring Richard had 2 very successful careers, in the Royal Navy serving predominantly at RNAS Portland and secondly in a leading Dorset engineering company. Richard’s insight into the world of work is invaluable in his contributing to careers delivery at the College.


The College receive external support from an Enterprise Co-ordinator. They are employed by Dorset Council and are part of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. Their role is supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company. They regularly meet with our Careers and Industry Lead to support our mission to achieve the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

We also have an Enterprise Advisor. This voluntary role helps to connect the College with local employers who wish to collaborate with us on a variety of projects.

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