Meet the Team

Steff Wright

Steff Wright

Global Grad CEO

Steff, has always had a lifelong passion for travel, this has been passed down to his four children;  three of whom have studied at traditional UK universities and one who spent her full three years travelling and working her way around the world.

Alongside building innovative companies within Gusto Group, Steff has a passion re-investing profits back into start-up companies and social enterprises, especially those with a focus on environmental sustainability.  When not sat at his laptop, Steff fills his time snowboarding, kite surfing, playing tennis and travelling.

Favourite Country to visit: Australia 🇦🇺

Georgia Wright

Georgia Wright

Location development manager

After deferring her business degree at Northumbria University, Georgia caught the travel bug at 18 on a gap year which started in South-East Asia.  After getting a taste for the world, she simply couldn’t bring herself to settle into the traditional University bubble.

For three years, she continued earning her way around the world, with working holiday visas in Australia and New Zealand, volunteering with rescued elephants, teaching English to local school children in Cambodia, completing her advanced scuba diving courses and backpacking through a total of 30 countries. Georgia hopes to inspire other young people and give them the confidence to follow their dreams and connect to the world we all share.

Favourite Country to visit: Mexico 🇲🇽

Susannah Chambers

Susannah Chambers

SCRUMMASTER AND EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Susannah has always had a dedication to improving education and life chances for all and this resulted in her developing an international career in education, particularly around Family Learning and adult learning. Susannah worked as policy lead in adult learning for England and Wales and attended HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace following her nomination by a Government department in recognition of her services to Community Learning. Susannah holds a Master’s degree in Education Learning & Development.

As well as raising her 3 children in a Family Learning and tri-lingual culture Susannah loves spending time travelling with them. She enjoys singing and playing the double bass as a professional gigging musician and in any other free time enjoys dancing and doing fitness classes. Susannah has dual British-Slovak nationality.

Favourite Country to visit: USA 🇺🇸

Sue Jarrett

Sue Jarrett

Student Support Coordinator

After making a shift from her early career working in business administration to running a late-night licensed venue, Sue re-trained to help support homeless young people and ex-offenders through various issues they may be facing. Sue’s ongoing training has equipped her to cover safeguarding, emotional wellbeing, drug and alcohol issues and physical health. 

When Sue is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and keeping fit through Yoga, Tai Chi and horse riding.

Favourite Country to visit: Croatia 🇭🇷

Marcus Fox

Marcus Fox

Business & IT Support

After gaining a degree in Environmental Science and Chemical Engineering, Marcus began a career in Technical Sales winning over £2M of orders per year.  He identified a gap in the market he was selling into, went back to the laboratory and invented a chemical process and become a Patent holder. 

During University he gained a passion for all things online and started building websites in 1995 some two years before Google.  Now involved in digital marketing, e-commerce and search/social optimisation techniques.

His role within Global Grad is direct the digital marketing and provide IT and business development support.

For recreation, Marcus is a keen distance runner and cyclist, plays numerous musical instruments including an Indian Sitar.

Favourite Country to visit: Spain  🇪🇸

Claire Brooke

Claire Brooke

Student Support

Following her Degree in Agriculture, Claire worked as an agricultural advisor with MAFF before having her large and adventurous family.

Interested in both sport and travel from an early age, and never happier than when equipped with a rucksack and camera, Claire moved into educational support to take advantage of the school holidays to encourage her family in their interests as they grew up.

Along the way, Claire studied online with the Open University to gain a Diploma in Music and more recently at Nottingham Trent University where she obtained a CELTA qualification in Teaching English as a foreign language.

As a student support advisor with Global Grad, Claire is a firm believer that given encouragement, guidance and opportunity; every young person should be able to gain the confidence and life skills to enhance their future career.

In her spare time, Claire is usually found on her road bike, running, swimming or hiking the hills and mountains.

 Favourite country to visit: Israel 🇮🇱

Jed Wright

Jed Wright

Business Development Manager

Upon completion of his A levels, Jed went on to study Economics and Business Management at Newcastle University and has joined Global Grad for his work placement year, in between his second and third years of study.

Jed begun his travel adventures with a summer’s interrail trip around Europe, where he got a taste of the travel life, and a desire for more.

Jed also joined the group for a month of the January 2019 semester, where he spent two weeks writing assignments and exploring Da Nang, Vietnam, and stayed with the group for the second road trip of the semester, travelling through Thailand and Malaysia. This experience gave him a good insight into life on a Global Grad semester.

Favourite country to visit: Czech Republic 🇨🇿

Sophie Rookes

Sophie Rookes

Trainee Sales and Marketing Executive/Trainee Location Manager

Before going to university to study Geography and Spanish, Sophie spent 6 months working in Chile and travelled to Bolivia, Argentina and Colombia during this time. Her love of travelling led her to complete a placement year in Mexico where she taught English and travelled around the country. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she decided to study an MSc in Marketing for Places and Tourism to further her education.

Sophie’s desire to inspire others to get out there and travel along with her interest in responsible tourism led her to start working at Global Grad. She hopes to continue to have the opportunities to travel and explore the world whilst enabling others to do the same!

Favourite Country to visit: Argentina  🇦🇷

Luis Ramiro Rubio Flores

Luis Ramiro Rubio Flores

Location Manager

I’m originally from Mexico but I’m now based in Sydney Australia. Failing my university entrance exam back home was the best thing could happen to me even when the majority of my friends were accepted into university. I left home when I was 17, went to America as a tourist and started working to be able to live without asking for money from my parents and obviously travel whenever possible. 

I then went to university later in Mexico to do my business degree. Throughout university, I had several breaks to allow myself to live in different countries.

Now, I’ve visited 35 countries across 5 continents. I’ve fallen in love with food. I look to seek out new experiences because I know that stepping out of my comfort zone will help me to become a better person.

For me, the best part of travelling is making contact with local people, knowing their culture and their history. But you should also know that travel isn’t always perfect…there are ups and downs to it just like everything else in the world. You are going to deal with challenges along the way, but that’s part of the whole experience. I would have absolutely loved the opportunity to go on a Global Grad semester/experience when I was younger!
I’m so excited to be part of Global Grad team, to share my experiences, support the students along the way and I hope to inspire everyone to embark on their own worldwide adventure!

I fill my time snorkelling, playing Mario kart and travelling.

Favourite Country to visit: India 🇮🇳

Terry Nash

Terry Nash

Support Services

Following a full career in military aviation, which included management of the international Eurofighter project and control of the operations of all UK R&D flying, Terry has held a number of private-sector MD/CEO positions; these have included Leeds United Football Club, the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and the Mansfield Area Development Agency.  For the last 16-years, he has been a Director of a number of Gusto Group companies, where his main focus is on business systems and website management.

Terry has travelled extensively throughout his career, with prolonged periods in Scandinavia, mainland Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia, and North America.  Terry has always been keenly interested in sport – albeit now as a spectator, rather than as a participant.

Favourite country to visit: Germany 🇩🇪

Louella Wright

Louella Wright

Student Ambassador

Louella opted to do university the traditional way studying Human Geography at the University of Leeds with a year abroad at the University of Waterloo, Canada. After graduating she got a working holiday visa for Canada and has spent the past 12 months working in the ski resort of Whistler and leading horse trekking through Moose mountain near Calgary.   

Louella has managed to enjoy her two main hobbies of snowboarding and horse riding through her jobs in Canada and can often be found with her nose in a book whether its further study or a good novel.

Favourite country to visit: Canada 🍁

Ben Fleet-Chapman

Ben Fleet-Chapman

Administrator

Ben has had an interest in business and IT from a young age and has developed his skills since joining the Gusto Group as an apprentice. He has always enjoyed travelling to new countries to experience a variety of cultures and traditions. Some of his favourite countries he’s had the opportunity to visit include America, Austria and Egypt.

In Ben’s spare time he enjoys playing 7-a-side football and going on skiing trips.

Favourite country to visit: America 🇺🇸

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