The Coast to Capital Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) works to connect senior, local business leaders with senior leaders in local schools helping to motivate and inspire young people, to make a major impact on their future career prospects.

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The volunteers will work as advisers and will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience of the world of work to help develop a comprehensive action plan for careers education which will fully support young people between 11 and 18 years old.


The Enterprise Adviser Programme has been developed from Lord Young's Enterprise for All report which highlighted the importance of "motivating young people to learn and excel in their see the relevance of their studies".


With support from the national Careers and Enterprise Company, the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is working through its partners to deliver this national programme across the region.


Across the LEP region we have a team of Enterprise Coordinators who each support around 20 schools and colleges in their area and link them to local business.


Beki Tonks, Senior Enterprise Coordinator says: “Over the course of this year, we have recruited our Enterprise Coordinators to ensure that we have a very cohesive team of business savvy people who can inspire businesses to get involved with schools and colleges. Every single person in our communities has a vested interest in the development of capable, well-informed and skilled young people who will be the employees and business owners of the future. One of our priorities is to work with our Enterprise Advisers who are our strategic business volunteers to use their networks and knowledge of the employment landscape to ensure that every young person has meaningful encounters with the world of work. Very robust research shows that young people who have had 4 or more meaningful employer encounters are 86% less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). This is a phenomenal statistic and so simple for us to do with the right support.”


Our aim is to be working with up to 100 schools and colleges across the area this year and we are currently looking to recruit senior, local business individuals. We are looking for charismatic, innovative and passionate individuals to help us achieve this strategic link and set the next generation of our workforce on the path to success.


To be an Enterprise Adviser, ideally you will be:

  • Passionate about raising the career ambitions and work prospects of young people in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Gatwick Diamond and East Surrey
  • Interested in helping schools and colleges improve their links with the business community
  • A self-starter, willing and able to work at a strategic level


Benefits in becoming an Enterprise Adviser include:

  • The opportunity to help shape the future workforce
  • Making a real difference to inspire young people
  • Challenging and resolving local skills issues
  • A commitment of only eight or so hours a month – the equivalent of just one day
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Showcasing your company
  • Gaining an insight into the world of education
  • Connecting with your local education school or college


Our Enterprise Coordinator team:

Lisa Mobbs

Team Leader and Enterprise Coordinator for East Surrey

07879 980444

Hannah Thomas

Enterprise Coordinator for East Surrey & North Sussex

07484 548878

Pru Rowntree

Enterprise Coordinator for Mid Sussex and Upper Greater Brighton

07484 545593

Penny Daly

Enterprise Coordinator for Brighton & Hove and Worthing

07484 548438

Kelly Parkhouse

Enterprise Coordinator for Arun and Chichester

07827 332132

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