Meet our judges: Handshake’s Careers2030 Design Thinking Bootcamp

June 1, 2021

You might have seen our announcement last week that we’re launching a free CPD course for careers services professionals. Running from 28th June to 15th July, Careers2030 is an accredited event for emerging leaders, with the goal of creating a more equitable university to career transition for every student.

Careers2030 will culminate with a virtual celebration and award ceremony where winning teams will receive funding to implement their vision, and today we’re delighted to announce our judging panel, which is packed with industry luminaries.

Check out our panel below, and for more information about the event - to sign up or to nominate someone to attend - please visit

Debbie McVitty, Editor, Wonkhe

Debbie McVitty is Editor of Wonkhe.

Debbie is a former chief of staff at Universities UK,  director of policy at the University of Bedfordshire, and head of policy at the National Union of Students, and is a founding member of Wonkhe’s editorial group.

She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge about the priorities of students and the ways in which universities can deliver against them.

Paul Gratrick, Head of Operations, University of Liverpool, AGCAS Director

Paul Gratrick is a Faculty Business Partner at the University of Liverpool, working with academic and professional service staff to enhance and add value to the careers and employability provision for students and graduates.

He is on the board of AGCAS as Director of Regionalisation and in this role champions and promotes best practice work across the sector and specific regions.

Greg Wade, Higher Education Policy Adviser, Universities UK

Greg Wade is a policy manager at Universities UK leading on Innovation, growth, employability and skills.

During his career at Universities UK Greg has led policy in areas such as leadership, management and governance, teaching and learning, teacher education and better regulation.

Before this Greg worked as a policy adviser in the predecessor to GuildHE, the Standing Conference of Principles. 

Zuleikha Chikh, President, University of Central Lancashire Students' Union

Zuleikha Chikh is a Sports Business Management MSc student and Sports Activator at University of Central Lancashire.

Her many achievements include being recognised in the Top 30 Muslim Women in Sport Power List, Volunteer of the Year at Lancashire Sports Awards, UCLan Students' Union Sports Personality of the Year and award for Academic Excellence in the discipline of Sports Business Management 2019.

Mike Grey, Head of University Partnerships, Gradconsult

Mike Grey is Head of University Partnerships at Gradconsult and works with universities, employers and professional bodies to help solve graduate recruitment challenges.

Prior to joining Gradconsult, he spent a decade designing and delivering placement and careers provision in a number of UK universities.

Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer at the ISE 

Tristram was appointed as ISE’s chief research officer in 2018.In this role he is responsible for leading the ISE’s research agenda and working with the chief executive officer, directors and members to improve the evidence available to student employers.

Tristram combines his work at the ISE with academic research and writing and is Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby, Professor II at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christchurch University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland.

Dr. Brooke Storer-Church, Head of Skills, Office for Students

Dr. Brooke Storer-Church is the Head of Skills at the Office for Students, with responsibility for developing and managing strategic activities within the Access, Inclusion and Skills Directorate. 

Current work includes developing impact measures for student involvement in knowledge exchange activities, overseeing funding programmes to improve outcomes for local graduates and to increase the number of AI specialists in the labour market, and working with the Department for Education on the introduction of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement. 

Previous responsibilities included developing and managing the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, working with DfE on the introduction of the Institutes of Technology, and overseeing postgraduate policy and programmes for HEFCE.

Handshake is covering all costs for up to 200 emerging leaders to attend this training. To find out more or register, please click here.