Fast Forward 15 announces first mentors

Fast Forward 15's 2017 mentors have been revealed by founder of the initiative, Fay Sharpe.

Fay Sharpe, creator of Fast Forward 15
Fay Sharpe, creator of Fast Forward 15

New mentors for 2017 include Joy Thomas, senior events manager of group events at Lloyds, and was previously director, corporate events for American analytics company FICO.

Additional mentors include Hannah Walley, sales director and show manager at Square Meal; Lipika Mandal, global event manager at Linklaters; and Martin Jensen, head of international congresses and events at Lundbeck.

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 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."


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