Fast Forward 15 starts 2016 with new mentors and a Night of Sparkle

On 9 February, the 15 mentees from the Fast Forward 15 (FF15) programme will host A Night of Sparkle, in Basement at The London EDITION.

The charity reception will be an informal evening of networking and entertainment with proceeds going to Newlife Foundation, The Prince’s Trust, and The Clink.

The inaugural FF15 participants developed the evening in response to a challenge set down by Fay Sharpe, the founder of the initiative, to test their organising ability.

Fleur Burrows-Jones, hospitality events sales and marketing manager at The National Theatre and one of the Fast Forward 15 mentees, said: “This was a great challenge to undertake, testing out mettle and encouraging us to think outside of the box to deliver a stunning and memorable event.”

A Night of Sparkle is aimed at young professionals across London with tickets priced at £15 per person and available from the following link:

Sharpe, said: “This task was designed to get the mentees to think on their feet and put what they’ve learnt from the course into practice. I look forward to seeing the room packed on the night from what promises to be a fantastic occasion.”

News of A Night of Sparkle follows the announcement of new mentors for the FF15 programme in 2016.

Mentors joining the initiative in 2016 are:

· Andrew Mosley, general manager at The Grand Brighton.

· Andrew White, managing director of Triggerfish PR. 

· Justine Kane, co-founder and course director of Ashdown Academy.

· Jennifer Royall, owner and managing director of Royall.

· Sandra Fontaine, event manager at Sanofi Pasteur MSD.

· Jon Harrison, operations director for venues at Zibrant. 

· Robert Quayle, meetings leader and head of events UK Marketing Company, AstraZeneca UK.

· Tracy Halliwell, director of business tourism and major events for London and Partners.

· Kevin Jackson, director of ideas and innovation for The Experience is the Marketing.

· Steve Brown, London 2012 Paralympic wheelchair rugby captain, public speaker, and athlete mentor.

Jackson, said: “It’s a real pleasure and an honor to be joining Fay’s FF15 as a mentor. One of the great things about mentorships is it’s a two way street and it will undoubtedly be a great learning experience for me and one I am looking forward to.”

Sharpe added: “I cannot wait for mentee applications to come in when we launch the 2016 website (15 February).”

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to be mentored, encouraged and advised by an industry expert for a period of one year. Candidates have until Monday 22 March to submit their entries.

Emily King


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