Meet the team

Tom Bulman

After growing up in London, I travelled widely writing articles for The Cape Cod Times, then studied for a BSc at London School of Economics.  After working a year for the students union there, I taught English for five years at a west London secondary school where I set up a business mentoring scheme and evaluated its impact for an MA in School Improvement.

After moving with Kate and the kids to Milton Keynes in 1996, and a short spell of teaching at Stantonbury Campus, I began developing and delivering employability education and training activities for Worktree (then ‘Countec’).  Inspired by City-As-School in New York, I set up and ran Citischool, a work-based ‘school without walls’ for excluded teenagers.

With funding from UK government research scholarships, I have visited the Netherlands, Germany, USA and Australia, to observe projects for disengaged teenagers and advise on employer engagement strategies.  In recent years, I have travelled to Uganda, China and India to deliver Employability Now workshops and Facilitator Training for Worktree.  I like teaching the employability skills STEPS and helping facilitators to make effective use of positive feedback.

I am also Community Organiser for Citizens:mk and Action Learning Facilitator for the London School for Social Entrepreneurs.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football and bashing at piano and sax.

Theresa Mercer

Theresa Mercer

I grew up in villages in and around Leighton Buzzard.  From my first day at school, all I ever wanted to be was a teacher (as well as a ‘pop star’ of course). 

Although I loved studying I was rubbish at sitting exams and after many attempts just couldn’t get my A levels.  I left school and ended up working for a housing association in Tring.  Inspired by a manager there (still a good friend), I decided to go into Human resources and soon achieved my CIPD accreditation CIPD through night school at De Montfort University in MK.

I had a couple of different HR jobs, allowing me to build my skill set, and then fell pregnant with my first child in 1998.  I was able to take a career break of nearly 8 years, but after the first year of my daughter (born in 2002) starting school I became bored and needed to use my brain again!  That’s when I met Tom and Bhupinder and started working with them in 2007.  The rest is history and I love it!

My spare time is taken up by two teenagers and living life to the full – and sometimes getting to be a ‘pop star’.

Bhupinder Roda

I was born and grew up in Leicester and moved to Milton Keynes in 2002 after getting married. My first job interview after moving to MK was with Worktree (then ‘Countec’) and I was appointed as Administrator.  My roles have varied and changed over the years.  I am now Event Co-ordinator, making sure that all resources including volunteer guests are present at sessions in schools and elsewhere.  I never thought I’d be doing what I do now which is helping to make a difference to young people where the world of work and employability skills are concerned.

I studied BA Hons Business Administration at Demontford University in Leicester and never dreamed I would be working so closely with schools and young people.  I enjoy what I do and enjoy working with my very supportive and fun colleagues.  

Michelle Theuma

I was born in Harrow and moved around every 1-2 years as my Dad’s job as a Building Society Manager meant we moved when he was promoted – it certainly helped me to make friends quickly and learn how to establish myself every time I went to a new school.

I went on to University where I studied Modern English – Language, Literature & Linguistics, with the intention of becoming an English teacher. However when I left Uni my perspective had changed and I wanted to work in business and make money!  I became a Mortgage Advisor for all of 6 months – not my bag at all! Then a friend asked me if I had ever considered working in Recruitment so I applied and got my first Recruitment job in 1997 recruiting Accountants.

After 6 years in the large corporate world I joined Onyx Recruitment in 2003 where I am now a Director. I saw Worktree give a presentation on how local businesses can help give their time and I went along as a guest to Career WorkOut which I loved. I then started to get more involved and now enjoy facilitating Career WorkOut Sessions as well as Apply For That Job Workshops. I consider myself very lucky to have found something that utilises my skills base gained from a career in recruitment for over 20 years and which is so fulfilling.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, volunteer for several charities and mentor young women in schools and the local community to help them build confidence and develop employability skills.

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