This year's Fast Forward 15 mentors have been selected for their stance on helping to nurture and empower future female talent as well as their far-reaching knowledge and networks.
This year's full list:
Josefine Voss BCD Meetings & Events
John Kelly BCD Meetings & Events
Caroline Jackson Bournemouth University
Kate Philip Corran Consulting Ltd
Hamish Reid Dubai Business Events
Justine Kane Event Academy
Andrew Winterburn EVCOM
Mark Riches First Agency
Andrew Mosley Grand Brighton
Jane Culcheth-Beard HP
Tony McMurray Ingram Micro
Moya Maxwell RIBA
Nick Gold Speakers Corner
Rebecca Duncan Virgin Atlantic Airways
Kerrin MacPhie Visit Britain
"We’ve secured another highly talented collection of mentors for Fast Forward 15," said Fay Sharpe, founder of FF15.
"I am immensely grateful to each of them for giving their time and knowledge and for helping to develop our next generation of leaders. I’m also hugely appreciative of Ishreen Bradley for her invaluable support in offering additional professional coaching to all our mentees alongside their mentorship."
Andrew Mosley, general manager of the Grand Brighton and a mentor since the scheme was launched said: "Each year the competition for a place gets stronger and we’ve seen varying reasons behind mentees seeking a mentor, however the areas we focus in on remain largely the same; building confidence, encouraging empowerment and understanding how to network."
Moya Maxwell, director of venues at RIBA and a new mentor for 2018, added: "It was fantastic for RIBA to host Fay and her team in December for the launch of their insightful research looking at women in travel, events and hospitality.
"The research showed that these sectors still have a long way to go to achieve equal career opportunities. This year, I am honoured to be playing a part in changing the environment for talented women in the events sector by becoming a mentor to one such individual."
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