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Institute of Student Employers appoints new chair

Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has appointed Deborah McCormack, head of early talent at Pinsent Masons, as the new chair.

From immediate effect, Deborah will take up the three-year role from Alison Heron, global university relations director at GlaxoSmithKline. 

Following chairing the ISE Steering Group for Scotland and the North, Deborah became an ISE board director last year and has been heavily involved in developing the institute’s apprenticeship strategy.

Deborah has been involved in L&D and early talent recruitment and development for more than 15 years.

Stephen Isherwood, chief executive at ISE said: “Having been heavily involved in our northern regional group and apprenticeship strategy, Deborah has been a strong supporter and advocate of the ISE. It’s fantastic to be able to welcome her as our new chair.

“The board would like to thank Alison Heron for all her hard work, particularly in steering the organisation through it’s name change and move to institute status.”

Deborah said: “Continuous innovation, horizon-scanning and greater professional collaboration are required in every organisation to achieve business goals. For me, this is part of the role organisations like the ISE have to play to keep their membership up to speed, if not ahead of the curve, when facing new challenges and constant change. I feel well placed to contribute to that discussion by sharing my experience and helping to influence positive change.

“I look forward to playing an even more active part in helping the ISE to achieve its long-term strategic aims on behalf of our members.”

ISE has also welcomed several new board directors including Jane Campbell, head of student careers at the University of Leeds, Kath Ennis, regional head of graduate recruitment at Deutsche Bank, Karen Handley, early careers lead at Virgin Media, Karen Luckly-Tang, deputy head of student recruitment at Deloitte and Paul Siaens, graduate resourcing and development partner at First Group.