The Employment Team

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our consultants or access the OA jobs board please contact the support team on 02037 616 343 or register online.

Lisa Jones, Career Consultant

Lisa left the Army in 2001 after eight years' service and embarked on a career in investment banking, where she managed the Listed Derivatives client services team at Morgan Stanley and worked in Prime Brokerage at UBS. She left banking after eight years to study the Persian language, putting this new skill to good use with the FCO in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. She joined the OA as a Career Consultant in October 2012. / 020 7808 4187

Fiona Jackson, Career Consultant

Fiona completed a Short Service Commission with the Royal Army Education Corps and subsequently spent three years in the TA as an intelligence officer with the Royal Artillery. Since then Fiona gained her extensive HR experience in both the commercial sector – working for the UK’s leading retailer John Lewis and a City-based strategic intelligence company; and in the not-for-profit sector as international recruitment officer for the development charity, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). She joined the OA in November 2010. / 020 7808 4188

Clive Lowe, Employment Services Deputy Director

Clive left the Army after 12 years' service with the Royal Engineers and Gurkha Engineers and on completing his MBA, joined the management company of the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai. He subsequently held posts at the NEC Birmingham, Nakheel (the Dubai Government property development company) and ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, managing and developing their property portfolios. He joined the OA in February 2013. / 020 7811 3221

Jo Sturdy, Career Consultant

Jo is an experienced Career Consultant working from our Bristol office and the South West. She has experience providing careers advice, guidance and coaching across the private, Military and Civil Service sectors having worked with Right Management and CTP in the UK and in Australia provided redeployment and career transition support across the NSW Public Sector and with Hudson Career Transition Management. Jo is a qualified Executive Coach with a Masters degree in Social Ecology and a background in Organisation Development. She has delivered leadership and diversity programmes, mentoring programmes and graduate development to both Public Service and corporates such as EY and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Jo employs a variety of assessment tools in career development to encourage individual insights into behaviour and develop effective people leadership. / 0117 906 3580

Esme Dickson, Employer Engagement Manager

Based in York, Esme joined the OA in June 2017 as Events Coordinator & Administrator having graduated from the University of York. Esme now works as an Employer Engagement manager, working nationally with employers to develop and deliver programmes, events and jobs for officers. She also plays a key part in engaging with Service leavers and raising awareness of the OA’s employment services.

Megan Varley, Employment Services & Events Coordinator

Megan joined the York office in August 2018 to coordinate our employment events and services across the North. Megan helps to build the community of officers across the regions, delivering insightful events and networking opportunities. Megan has a background in communications within the charity sector, and supports the Marketing team with expanding the OA’s online presence.


Alastair Singleton, Chairman, Employment Sub-Committee

Alastair served in the Royal Hong Kong Police as a Detective Inspector and then spent eight years with the Foreign Service, covering Southern Africa, and the Far and Middle East. After an MBA at INSEAD he became an executive search consultant, initially with NBS, and more recently as a Founding Partner of Hanover Fox International. He has a range of Trustee experience with VSO, Cleanup UK and Keep Britain Tidy.

Alastair was appointed a Trustee of the OA in May 2012, particularly to support the Employment Department.

Jonathan Holdsworth

Jonathan was commissioned into The Queen's Own Hussars in 1992 and served in Germany, Cyprus (Armoured Recce Squadron) and on an extended attachment to the Australian Army. He worked in recruitment and HR for 15 years before becoming Chief Operating Officer of a global media company.

Jonathan was appointed a Trustee of the OA in May 2012, particularly to support the Employment Department.

Diana Stephenson

Following a degree in Psychology and English from Keele University, Diana Stephenson obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics and joined Gallahers as a management trainee. After subsequently working for the public relations consultancy, Good Relations, she formed her own agency, Flagship Consulting, in 1994, where she is now Chairman. In 2010 she became a founding Director of Annuity Direct Ltd, a specialist independent financial advisory firm, which was bought by the investment powerhouse Fidelity. She was subsequently asked to stay on to run Fidelity’s retirement marketing and did so until March 2016 when she left the company.

In 1994 she was appointed by the Cabinet Office to Chair the South London Branch of the CEPD (Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities) and appointed to sit on the Strategic Advisory Board of Mencap in 1998. She also runs a specialist interview training service for graduate and senior executives to coach them on interview and presentation techniques.