29th April 2024

Gradcore announces new Managing Director following AGCAS Chief Executive appointment

It is announced today that Martin Edmondson will step down as Managing Director of Gradcore, effective 12th July 2024.

The move follows the appointment of Martin as Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), a hugely influential and important role in the UK’s higher education and employability sector.

Martin will be succeeded by longstanding Gradcore leader and current Client Services Director, Natalie Emmanuel, who has been working with Martin for over 17 years to deliver high quality employability services to a wide range of employer and university partners. John Cusworth, current Partnerships Director, will adopt an expanded, strategic role, with Helen Liddle and Jamie Bettles continuing as key members of Gradcore’s leadership team as the business grows and further develops its global services.

“On behalf of everyone at Gradcore and the wider Unseen Group, I want to thank Martin for his incredibly valuable contributions to both organisations,” said Zac Williams, CEO of Unseen Group. “Since we acquired Gradcore in 2021, it has been a pleasure to work with Martin and see his team and business thrive. Together we’ve invested heavily into the development and expansion of Gradcore’s services, ensuring we’re providing our partners with the most effective and innovative solutions to student outcomes.”

Zac continued, “Gradcore is an amazing success story, and, as its Founder, Martin has been pivotal to that, but he leaves behind a skilled and experienced team who have been changing the employability landscape in the UK for many years to better the prospects of countless students and graduates.”

Martin Edmondson commented: “I am excited to be taking on this unique role at AGCAS, but continue to wish Gradcore every success into the future. There is a committed and experienced leadership team in place who will take Gradcore on to the next chapter during this really exciting time of growth for the business. I’m grateful for all the experiences that leading Gradcore and being part of the Unseen group has provided, and thankful to all the universities and employers who have put their trust in me and the team.”

Gradcore was founded in 2010, but Martin, Natalie and John had been working together long before that with universities in Yorkshire. Since that time Gradcore has developed into a leading provider of employability services, partnering with over 80 universities and 5,000 employers to support over 130,000 students and graduates into employment.

I’m honoured and excited to step into the role of Managing Director at Gradcore during this period of growth and transformation,” said Natalie.

“Leading our dedicated team, my goal is to continue to enhance and develop our services, ensuring outstanding experiences for all of our partners and an ever-growing number of students”

“Gradcore is ingrained in my history, having been part of the founding leadership team alongside Martin. It has been a privilege working together for 17 years and we all extend our best wishes to him in his new venture”

Natalie will assume her new role on 1st July 2024. Please join us in wishing both Martin and Natalie luck in their exciting new positions.