The first mentors for 2017’s Fast Forward 15 programme have been revealed by founder of the initiative, Fay Sharpe. They include: Joy Thomas, senior events manager, Group Events at Lloyds; Lipika Mandal, Global Event Manager at Linklaters and Martin Jensen, head of international congresses & events at Lundbeck.
Designed to develop and celebrate female talent, Fast Forward 15 has been helping shape future female leaders of the hospitality and event sector. Organisers used feedback from previous participants to select new mentors for 2017, who were drawn from specific business sectors of the hospitality and events industry.
Returning mentors include; Steve Brown, London 2012 Paralympic wheelchair rugby captain, public speaker and athlete mentor and Andrew Mosley, general manager of The Grand Brighton.
2017 will also see the introduction of a reverse mentor who will be tasked with upskilling a mentee seeking to get in line with today’s emerging business practices.
The reverse mentor will focus on new technologies, marketing techniques, the sharing economy, new social media channels and online platforms.
Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15 founder (pictured), said: “As we embark on our third year of the programme we are armed with significant understanding of what skills and coaching the mentees require and, equally important, what the mentors want to achieve.
“We’ve seen significant achievements by past mentees and all the mentors have said how they’ve benefited, too. Everyone gives their time on a voluntary basis and I’m indebted to the mentors in helping me champion the future female leaders of this vibrant and evolving sector.”
Applications for Fast Forward 15 are open and close on 28 February. Click here.