Fast Forward 15 full mentor line-up confirmed

Fay Sharpe, founder of the Fast Forward 15 mentoring programme, has announced the full mentor line-up for 2017. The 15 hospitality and events leaders will be responsible for developing and empowering future female leaders throughout the sector.

Joining the Fast Forward 15 mentoring programme for 2017 will be:

  • Dawn Bowles, marketing manager, Lloyds
  • Justine Kane, co-founder and course director, Ashdown Academy
  • Dawn-Louise Kerr, CEO/founder, SM2 Communicate
  • Jackie Boughton, head of business events, Barbican
  • Anthony Coyle-Dowling, Senior Director – event business development & marketing, BCD M&E
  • Tony McMurray, finance director,  Ingram Micro
  • Caroline Jackson, senior principal academic, Bournemouth University

Josef Jammerbund, former head of events at the British Fashion Council will also be returning as a mentor in 2017.

Becci Thomson, head of corporate sales at The O2, has also been named as the programme’s first reverse mentor. She said: “Having worked client side, in catering and venue side with some incredibly high-profile brands I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, while also offering an insight into new technologies, marketing techniques and new social media channels and online platforms. This really challenges the conventions of traditional mentoring and I am thrilled to have been named as the reverse mentor for the 2017 Fast Forward 15 mentoring programme.”

Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15 founder, was pleased at how the event was shaping up. She said: “2017 going to be an exciting year for Fast Forward 15 as we take on board feedback received from the mentees and mentors who have been part of the programme and responsible for its amazing success over the past two years.

“I really believe in the transformative power that a great mentor can have on an individual, and have been privileged to see it up close through Fast Forward 15. I have high expectations for this year and look forward to working with our inspirational industry leaders to coach and mentor our class of 2017.”

Applications for Fast Forward 15 are open here and close on Tuesday 28 February.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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