Leigh Henderson

Leigh Henderson retired from paid career guidance research, policy work and career guidance delivery in June 2015. He is now engaged in athletics as coach, judge and competitor and is a governor of The Henry Beaufort School where he is Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Trained as careers adviser in 1971, he worked in Hampshire Careers Service until 1989 delivering career guidance in schools and as a senior manager. Subsequently, he worked in publishing and at Hampshire Training and Enterprise Council where he developed on-street career information services across the County and commissioned and funded school-led career education and guidance plans.

In 1998 he joined The Guidance Council as Secretary-General. The major focus of the Council’s work at that time was to develop the first service delivery standards for career education and guidance which were launched as the Matrix Quality Standard in 2001.

From 2004 he worked as a researcher in career guidance working on UK and European projects including IT based guidance innovation, quality improvement issues and consultancy work in prisons. He was elected as a NICEC Fellow in 2005 and subsequently became a NICEC director at the time of the transition of the Council from CRAC ownership to independence and was responsible for NICEC website until 2016.

His paid working life ended with a return to career guidance delivery, this time in prisons as an assessor and working with prisoners on personal development issues. In his work as a school governor, he is assisting The Henry Beaufort School in developing its PSHEE/career education programme.

Email: leigh.henderson@nicec.org

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/leighhenderson2