Simon Stearn 1988

Simon Stearn (1988)

Simon studied Computing & Informatics at the University of Plymouth. Experience gained at a high level in a number of companies dealing with information and analytical software solutions as led Simon to his current position where he is Executive Director of Global Big Data and Digital Experience Analytics at Avon Cosmetics.


Karen Orford West 1989

Karen West (nee Orford) [ 1989]

“I was at Roundwood Park from 1982 to 1989 and then studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at the University of Plymouth. After graduating, I joined MAFF/Defra and I am still there now – it was only supposed to be a summer job! During my Civil Service Career, I have held a number of excellent roles including: government scientist; international relations promoting agricultural exports to the Far East; business adviser helping farmers understand their customers better; Private Secretary to a Ministerial Adviser; and, most recently, developing Defra’s graduate talent and social mobility programmes i.e. offering apprenticeships and work experience to under-represented groups.

I moved back to Harpenden about 10 years ago with my husband and now have two primary aged children.

I am happy to talk to students about the variety of roles in the Civil Service”.



Matthew Adar

Matthew (Williams) Adar [1988 ]

Matthew studied Biology at Plymouth University but switched to pursue a career in the hospitality side of hotel management.. He returned to Israel in 1993, completed national service in the IDF, and now lives and works as a Food & Beverage Manager in the city of Eliat in Israel.

Adam Hayward 2013

Adam Hayward [2005]

Adam gained a BA(hons) in Events Management from the Leeds Metropolitan University.  During and since that time he has gained experience in a wide range of events management positions and activities. Currently Adam is the Course Coordinator of MSc Oil and Gas Management and Bachelor of Business Administration at Greenwich School of Management.  Whilst working at Greenwich School of Management, Adam continued his studies and gained an MBA (distinction) in Strategic Management from the University of Plymouth in 2012.

Craig Stenzel 2012

Craig Stenzel [ 2007]

Craig gained an MSc in Geoscience from the University of Plymouth in 2012.