Who we are

Springboard Employment & Training Group is an independent self-help organisation which provides support and assistance to help people make the most of their lives. Springboard's services are available to anyone and everyone - employed or unemployed.

Formed in March 1993, we are a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Day to day management is handled by a committee made up of volunteers.

Springboard provides professional careers guidance, life coaching and counselling to help people to move on and make the most of their lives, with a particular focus on career. It provides this in one-to-one sessions backed up by access to modern computer technology and a professional and supportive environment.

We are based in the Dovetail Centre, Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, where we have free use of the premises by courtesy of the Methodist Church with free parking. We are open mainly on an appointment basis - call us on 07861 670 685 (leave a message on our answer-phone to call you back) or send us an email message at springboardetg @ gmail.com (no spaces) to make an appointment.

Our Staff


David is Chair of Springboard and was with us when we moved in to the current premises in June 1993. He is involved locally through Springboard in unemployment, worklessness and related issues. David works extensively to maintain and promote Springboard. He leads the trustees, and is deeply involved in planning for the future and raising funds we need..


Les has worked in the recruitment industry throughout his career until his retirement in August 2020, the last 28 years for Gattaca, for whom he was consistently one of the top performers. He has held the Diploma in Recruitment Practice since 1993 and has also been a member of the REC's Technology Exec Committee (ultimately as the Chair) for fourteen years, where he helped to bring about changes to government policy over security clearance, IR35 and immigration. During this time, he was awarded the Eileen Simpson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Recruitment and was awarded one of the first five honorary fellowships of the IRP, the highest individual honour in recruitment. As well as working as a consultant for Springboard, he is also a trustee of the local Community Association and writes and records music.


Vivien is an experienced senior HR professional and worked in the manufacturing sector for the majority of her career. She retired from Prysmian Group (formerly Pirelli Cables) in July 2022 after 37 years, having held a number of different HR roles. Vivien is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and also volunteers for the British Red Cross.


Neil is a qualified, mature and professional careers adviser, life and academic-coach and BACP-accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with a wide and long range of theoretical appraoches and experience; a very effective, perceptive and adaptable worker with very good project management and scientific / IT skills, easy to work with, tenacious, methodical, very organised, reliable and conclusive; he practises lifelong learning.


Keiron is the IT manager: an ex-IBMer responsible for maintaining the hardware and software, providing support to staff and users and developing / maintaining this website.


From 1990 -1992 Bryan ran the original founding Springboard group in Eastleigh. He now maintains the databases for Springboard.


Jonathan is a recent maths graduate. He aids with the accounts for Springboard.