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Horizons Wales aims to support State School students by providing varied and comprehensive careers advice through proactive mentoring from a wide range of successful professionals.


Horizons Wales offers mentors an opportunity to give something back; to help develop State School students’ aspirations and support them to achieve their educational and career goals.

Mission Statement

“To provide educational and careers support, advice and mentoring to young people in West Wales in order to broaden their horizons and inspire them to achieve their full potential.”

Meet The Team

Rich Gardner MA (Cantab)

Rich grew up in Burton, Pembrokeshire, and attended Burton VC and then Tasker Milward Schools. After studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and English Literature at A Level he attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he read Natural Sciences and majored in History and Philosophy of Science. At University Rich was a keen sportsman (rugby and boxing) and an active member of the Gonville and Caius Student Union.

John Mitchell MSci
Secretary, Engagement & Operations Officer

John attended Tasker Milward VC School and was Head Boy before leaving in 2012. He now studies and performs neuroscience research at University College London. John’s passion is translational research in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and the musculoskeletal sciences. This has led him to hold temporary research positions at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, London and at the University of Oxford, funded by team GB and Arthritis Research UK. He now works in the field of Stroke at UCLH.

Mr Karuniyan Vipulendran MRCS
Treasurer and Safeguarding Officer

Karuniyan Vipulendran is a doctor currently training in the West Midlands since 2012. He lived in Pembrokeshire for fourteen years, having being schooled in St. Michael’s School in Llanelli. He read medicine at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London, graduating in 2012. He has interests in research and teaches on the Warwick Medical School course. He is currently a trainee surgeon in a major trauma centre in Coventry.

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or an official corporate or educational partner, get in touch and see how you can help. Our dedicated team will be happy to discuss potential placement or work experience opportunities. Donations are gratefully received to enable us to continue funding, supporting and organising bespoke events and activities.

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