Kylie Cook
Head of Employer Partnerships

What’s my background?

I’ve spent five years with Gradconsult working on various talent initiatives with our corporate, University and SME clients. Before joining the business I spent ten years working in hospitality, which included managing a successful gastro-pub, running my own café and training as a baker. I have a BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and am currently studying part-time at Sheffield Hallam University for my MSc Human Resource Management. 


What do I do at Gradconsult?

I joined the business in 2014 as the first employee, starting as an Events Co-ordinator intern, and now support clients directly as a Senior Project Consultant. My specialism is helping SMEs and Universities to find better ways of working together, and this has been honed through project managing the award-winning RISE SCR internship scheme, placing over 300 graduates in more than 250 SMEs across various sectors, and being lead facilitator and project partner for two SME initiatives at Nottingham Trent University: Innovation Community Lab and the Talent Management Consultancy

Examples of recent things I’ve been working on include: 

  • Writing an article for Wonkhe winning an award for 'Outstanding HE policy analysis' -
  • An innovation-based L&D programme for early-career graduates working for SMEs
  • Coaching for student job seekers through to senior career changers
  • Project management of a national graduate scheme with a range of regional vacancies 
  • A series of needs-based talent consultancy projects with SMEs
  • Research and report writing for the development of a student attributes framework 


Life loves

  • Books! I have hundreds and hundreds of them and I’ve written one, too
  • Surfing, climbing, and any other excuse to be on the coast or generally outdoors
  • Biscuits (Rich Teas, Digestives, Bourbons… I’m not fussy)

Pet peeves

  • Poor spelling and grammar. There are rules, people! Learn them!
  • Biting into an apple only to realise it’s gone crumbly
  • Adverts that follow you around on the internet


Get in touch

T: 0114 221 0242

M: 07490 496 513


LinkedIn: Kylie Cook