Fay Sharpe's Fast Forward 15 mentees announced

The inaugural mentees for Fay Sharpe's Fast Forward 15 were announced at a lunch at The Savoy Hotel in London on 20 March.

Fast Forward 15 mentees
Fast Forward 15 mentees

The Fast Forward 15 scheme, which aims to help 15 women in the events industry develop their careers by sharing knowledge and experience, had attracted 139 applicants.

The 15 mentees and their associated mentors and categories are:

Aspirational Board Director

Mentor: Fay Sharpe, Zibrant  / Mentee: Selina Donald, ITV                                                      

Mentor: Jo Austin, Lime Venue Portfolio / Mentee: Rachel Bartlett, Warwick Conferences

Middle Management Progression

Mentor: Hannah Rhodes, Hiver Beer / Mentee: Fleur Burrows-Jones, National Theatre

Mentor: Alex James, Zibrant / Mentee: Catriona Ross, Post Office Ltd

Corporate Events Professional

Mentor: Joanna Lawlor, AstraZeneca / Mentee: Laura Adams, cievents                                             

Mentor: Karen Sumner, Allen & Overy LLP / Mentee: Michelle Kibble, Everywoman Ltd

Mentor: Jackie Mulligan, Leeds Beckett University / Mentee: Lauren Glynn, Harrow School Enterprises Ltd

Mentor: Jason Scott, Entrepreneurial consultant / Mentee: Kate Furness, Zibrant LIVE!

Mentor: Lex Butler, Wolf & White / Mentee: Emma North, Black Tomato Agency

Budding Entrepreneur

Mentor: Paul Beavis, Champagne Lanson / Mentee: Amy Seton, The Food and Drink Events Company

Mentor: Sallie Coventry, IBTM Events / Mentee: Libby Willetts, EMA Events

Maternity Leave Returner

Mentor: Yasmin Arrigo, Haymarket Media Group / Mentee: Rebecca Goodman, Ageas UK Ltd

Under-26

Mentor: Meenaz Lilani, Fairmont/Raffles Hotels & Resorts / Mentee: Tanya Dennis, MRO Network

Mentor: Louise Bang, Ritz Carlton / Mentee: Charlotte Warwick, Silverstone Circuit

University Final-Year Student

Mentor: Juliet Price, HBAA / Mentee: Hannah Coleman, Bournemouth University

The lunch offered mentors and mentees the chance to become acquainted and start building their relationship. Sharpe referred to the launch of the scheme as a "momentous occasion".

"There was real electricity in the air when we introduced mentors and mentees to each other for the first time in the flesh," she said. "This will be an exciting and productive year and I look forward to working with all parties to ensure that the scheme is a resounding success, serving as an example to the hospitality industry."

Mentee Burrows-Jones said: "I am so pleased to be part of Fast Forward 15 and looking forward to gaining knowledge and expertise from a leading woman within the industry. Being part of the programme will inspire me to progress in my career within the events world. I am very much looking forward to working with my mentor Hannah Rhodes over the coming year."

Rhodes, founder of Hiver Beer, said: "It's a wonderful opportunity for the mentees to gain insight into working cultures outside of their own role and gain perspective on their own professional challenges. I’d love to think that in a year's time the applicants will have clarity about their own ways of working and will be looking to lead the industry by example in the years ahead. Even as a mentor, you can't help but be impressed by the high standards set by Fay and think 'what's stopping me?"

More on Fast Forward 15:

Fay Sharpe on Fast Forward 15

Zibrant's Fay Sharpe to launch mentor scheme for women in events

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