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The Malling School Careers

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new Careers partners - Enterprise Advisor Nick Inge – (Businessman &  Entrepreneur) and Enterprise Coordinator Usha Kong from the Careers & Enterprise Company.

We have been holding a number of strategic planning meetings with the whole CEIAG team to ensure we continue improving and strengthening our current Careers offer to enable our students to have a plethora of experiences and opportunities when choosing their career paths and future destinations.
 

Kong

Usha Kong - Bio

Usha is an Enterprise Coordinator and joined the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) in December 2019. 

Usha is an experienced Business & Executive Coach, Entrepreneur and an NLP Master Practitioner and ran her own successful Coaching and Training company.

Usha also co-founded a social entrepreneurship business supporting disengaged and disadvantaged young people to help raise their aspiration and confidence.

Usha spent the first 20 years of her career in the corporate field – working for the London Stock Exchange and Accenture.  

Usha is Innovative, results-driven and highly motivated and very passionate about personal development.  Usha has a wealth of knowledge and experience in running and managing businesses, projects and people to perform at their best whilst building and developing relationships with key decision makers and customers.

Usha believes strongly in the value businesses can bring to education and in helping to bridge the gap between education and employment.  The skills, knowledge and business acumen of an experienced business professional can support school leaders to better equip their young people for the world after education.  Usha’s role as an Enterprise Coordinator is to support schools in understanding their career development needs and then matching them to a volunteer Enterprise Adviser to scope, identify and address these needs.

 

Nick's Bio Photo

Nick Inge – Bio

Nick is 51 years old and lives in Maidstone, Kent with his wife Heather and two teenage children. He was born into a military family and moved from school to school in the UK and Germany before going to military boarding school in Dover when he was 11.

Having completed his A Levels he left school and during his first gap year spent time as a teaching assistant at a school near Oxford as well as being a steward on the cross-channel Hovercraft that operated from Dover. He then spent three years at Newcastle Polytechnic where he graduated in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Economics.  As a student he did a range of jobs from being a temporary postman, washer-up (was very soon promoted to salad-bar attendant!), bar work, warehouse operative and cash-in-transit security guard (he was robbed once of £21,000! An inside job! Long story!). Another gap year followed where he travelled and worked in Australia, Hong Kong and China. This is where he met his wife – he was a cocktail barman and Heather was a waitress (yes...there’s a song there!).

On his return to the UK Nick started training to become a Chartered Accountant. He quickly realised that this was not the fun-filled, dynamic and interesting career that he hoped it might have been, so he changed tack completely and in 1994 joined Kent Police.  After three years and a half years in uniform on the tough streets (!) of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks he soon developed an interest in plain clothes policing and a specialism in recruiting and handling informants. Initially this was working with informants who provided information about local crime but not long after specialised in serious crime and counter-terrorism policing. This involved working alongside MI5, MI6 as well as the National Crime Agency, managing informants that were pivotal to high-profile operations tackling terrorism, domestic extremism, serious crime and corruption. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and after a brief stint back in uniform at Medway (that was tough), including being a Custody Sergeant, spent the rest of his career managing teams involved in all aspects of informant handling. Nick retired from the police in June 2019.

Nick is now the CEO of a specialist whistleblowing consultancy, iTrust Assurance Ltd. He is also the Co-Founder of Worldly Wise CIC which gives advice to young people as they enter adulthood. Nick is also a volunteer Careers and Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company’ and a Director of Gillingham Town FC.

Nick has written a book ‘Exposing the Truth – Whistleblowing Uncovered’ (which is available via Amazon and Waterstones!). His second book ‘Jeopardy’ is out soon.

Nick has an attitude to life of give everything a go - life is too short. He is a sociable, gregarious soul who likes to see the lighter side of life. He doesn’t watch anything on the TV that is sad or violent. He describes himself as the most positive person you will ever come across in life but at the same time doesn’t suffer fools. Life is too short to sit around and do nothing and he lives every day with this attitude.