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About Our Background and Leadership

Milton Keynes Executives Action was established in late 2011 by Founder and Leader Melvin Hurley. MKEA came about following Melvin's experience of executive job search, outplacement consultancy trainin,g and the lack of understanding and support available to executives job seekers . With the participative encouragement of fellow job seeker, Simon Goldburn, the pair approached former Milton Keynes North East MP, Brian White for his advice and support. Armed with Brian's enthusiastic support and his introduction to Liz Gifford, Director at the Milton Keynes Economy and Learning partnership, a pilot programme was created to run in late 2011. Thanks to the facilitation, organisation and encouragement of Liz the pilot programme was an overwhelming success and led to the establishment of the operating model that continues today.

In August 2012 MKEA was formally incorporated as a Not-For-Profit Community Interest Company with Melvin as the sole director. This enabled Milton Keynes Council to award MKEA a contract to become a Delivery Partner the Council's Neighbourhood Employment Programme, thereby formalising the MKEA "service provision" and providing funding to help meet the operating costs of MKEA. 

Despite the major source of operational funding being secured, it was not sufficient to meet full operating costs and provide the manpower help Melvin needed to create the training materials, secure guest speakers, find the potential clients and manage the entire programme.

Virtually at the last minute before the closure of MKEA was due to be announced John Dale stepped forward to volunteer his ongoing services and time to help out. Since that time in early 2012 John has been the joint leader of MKEA and worked tirelessly to raise awareness of MKEA through Business Networking events, raise funds, lead training sessions and mock interviews and screen potential guest speakers.

At this time current MKEA members were invited to form a voluntary Management Board to advise Melvin and John on the management, growth and development of MKEA. This, in turn, led to the drive to become a charity under John's legal guidance. This was finally achieved in January 2016 with the members of the Management Board all becoming Trustees, this was added to by both guest speaker and supporter, Mark Orr, and former MKEA member, Kate Payne, when Careers-Action Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered charity number 1165296 began operating in April 2016.

The Trustees of Careers-Action CIO
  • Mike Leaf, Interim Chairperson
  • Andrew Stanley, Interim Treasurer
  • Chris Alcock
  • Kate Payne
  • Mark Orr

Special Advisor to Careers-Action CIO
This role was held by Brian White prior to his death. Brian was instrumental in the establishment of MKEA and Careers-Action. A former Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North East (1997 - 2005), Mayor of Milton Keynes (2013-2014) and a Milton Keynes Councillor. Brian was an exceptional and highly regarded Special Advisor without whom MKEA would not have come into existence.

Sadly the untimely deaths of former Management Board member, Rakesh Prajapat and guest speaker, supporter and mentor, Clive Bennett, prevented them becoming Trustees of Careers-Action CIO. Their individual contributions to MKEA and in the planning of the charity and it's mission to extend and expand its services was immense and without their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment Careers-Action CIO would not have been formed.

Melvin Hurley
Chief Executive Officer (Voluntary) Careers-Action CIO
Leader and founder of Milton Keynes Executives Action in 2011, Melvin is now Chief Executive Officer of Careers-Action Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
A Chartered Marketer, with board level management experience. Melvin has worked in both corporate and SME businesses nationally and internationally. Melvin's past voluntary work has included coaching,  management, lobbying and fundraising for an ice hockey club, contributing editor of a parish magazine, youth leadership and  Ambassador for the Institute of Cancer Research "everyman" Appeal.  
Since starting MKEA Melvin has completed a PTLLS (Preparing to  Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector), Enterprise, Employability and  Personal Development, and numerous other courses to help with  MKEA programme planning and delivery.
John Dale LLB (Hons)
Operations Director (Voluntary) Careers-Action CIO

A former senior manager within the NHS, Ambulance Service rising to the grade of Assistant Chief Officer before moving to senior management within NHS Direct including the role of National Clinical Governance Manager. John now operates a successful training and development consultancy and is currently working with Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman & NHS England to improve the NHS Complaints Process. John is Chairman of a number of organisations and charities and is a well known public speaker. A Bachelor of Law, John was managed the application and process that resulted in Careers-Action being granted charity status in January 2016. He has been the Joint Leader of Milton Keynes Executives Action since 2012.