The M3 Job Club (M3JC) isa community based charity organisation which supports business professionals in the North Hampshire and surrounding areas back into the workplace, following redundancy or other challenges arising from leaving their place of employment. In operation for over 8 years, our ethos is to support the community by providing a solid foundation of personal development for our members and provide an environment which supports them in their quest to find future career opportunities. This is achieved via a 16 week business-focused and coaching-led programme run 3 times a year by professionals, from various small and large businesses, who all donate their time for free. In short, our main aim is to arm business professionals with the tools needed to get back into a fulfilling career by offering a platform which encourages networking and social interchange to build confidence. We have over 1200 past and present members attended.
The M3 Job Club works in partnership with local businesses, both corporate and SME to maintain our continued success. There are several options available for companies to partner with us; from sponsoring our location, our programme or providing support to run sessions to simply making a donation. We actively promote the sponsors brand and involvement. Please help us to help the community.
Lorraine's former career, spanning 14 years, is in the sub-prime mortgage sector as a Senior Mortgage Underwriter and also running her own business as a Specialist Mortgage broker. In 2006, she returned to her home town of Basingstoke to raise her two young children. She worked as a volunteer for eight years as Treasurer for NAS Basingstoke, and then as Secretary for Everest Autism and ADHD Club, organising activities, events and providing a support network for special needs families in the Borough. More recently, she has been supporting her husband with his new dog walking and pet care business, WoofnBoots. Lorraine has many interests including sport, performing arts and animal welfare. She has a passion for supporting and encouraging people to reach their full potential; to achieve their goals in spite of life's many challenges.
Tel: 0333 009 5381
Malcolm’s career has seen him working in Sales Operations and Customer Service management roles for some SMEs but mainly for large global companies over a working life of some 35 years. Consequently, he has experienced the joys of “organisational restructuring” a couple of times. During these episodes Malcolm has used the services of the M3 Job Club and having recently retired he wanted to come back and support the organisation. In his spare time Malcolm is trying to restore his tennis to a recognisable level as well starting to play bridge after a gap of some decades.
Gill CheesewrightPartner Business Manager
Gill is a retired lady of some 4 years, whose career spanned nearly 50 years mainly in the IT corporate arena within key multi-national corporations such as IBM, Motorola, Fujitsu Siemens and most latterly APC Schneider Electric. Her roles ranged from Strategic and Channel Marketing to pure Account Sales spending the final 5 years as Director of Alliances in APC. Gill is a graduate of IBM Sales School.
Following retirement, she did not feel she had a direction until she engaged with the M3 Job Club. Seeing the charity for herself and getting involved, she found that direction, which has led her to being offered a trustee position at M3JC.
Gill lives in the UK countryside and is married with 2 adult children. Her hobbies include keeping fit with gym workouts and hosting dinner parties.
Richard ThayerFounder, Trustee and Interim Chair
Having faced his own personal challenge of trying to find a job by himself, feeling isolated and frustrated, he felt there had to be a better way, which culminated in setting up the M3 Job Club. With over 30 years of experience working with people, managing teams of all sizes in the catering & hospitality and then IT services in blue chip organisations, he set out to give something back to the community.
Entirely focused on helping people to discover their focus and direction via the M3 Job Club, he is passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to succeed.
After having run his own business for around 7 years, he recently went back into full time employment.
Tel: 07516 071476
Having trained with one of the largest accountancy firms in London before spending almost 20 years in senior commercial, financial and IT director roles, Stephen has a great deal of experience of working with many start-up businesses – in addition to helping larger ones to grow. He now combines his role as Chief Operating Officer for a social care business with his treasurer function; helping to ensure that the M3 Job Club flourishes and develops successful relationships with other companies in the North Hampshire area.
Tel: 07872 680539
Maxine HartBusiness Support and Data Protection Officer
Maxine is Operations Director for Wote Street People and Regional Director for TEAM (The Employment Agents Movement) with over 15 years recruitment experience.
Networking is a natural skill and where there is a common synergy between people, she spots the opportunity to connect them. Diversity & equality are the keystones of her ethics and not just measuring them.
Maxine believes it should be innate that people are treated equally and the chance to make a difference by helping “over qualified”, more experienced people back into the workplace, is a real honour.
One of the drivers for Maxine is that she believes that M3JC is the only organisation who gets the business transaction side of work and fully realise that employers are not social workers – it’s business.
Tel: 07464 112708
Kaia VincentMarketing and Fundraising
Kaia Vincent is the Director of Brevity, a marketing consultancy based in Basingstoke which she founded over a decade ago. She is also a Marketing Fellow (FCIM) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with over 25 years’ marketing management experience across a variety of sectors, both agency and in-house. Currently, 20 businesses rely on Kaia’s team of eight to deliver their marketing every month.
Louise Shenton is a HR Consultant and founder of Shenton HR Solutions. During Louise’s career she has held senior positions at Adecco, Balfour Beatty, Hammerson, and Philips. Yet, it was her time at Remote Diagnostic Technologies that left an indelible mark. Tasked with fortifying HR operations for a potential acquisition, she rose to the challenge with unwavering passion. In 2020, Louise embraced an independent consultant role. Since then, her reach has spanned numerous sectors, from healthcare to technology and retail. Her guidance encompasses legal compliance, contracts, handbooks, performance, recruitment, and change management. Bespoke courses on GDPR, diversity, and leadership further showcase their expertise.
Fostering connections across all organisational levels, her talent for devising strategic people solutions has consistently driven positive business outcomes. A seasoned HR Generalist, she remains steadfastly committed to optimising an organisation's ultimate asset – its employees.