Fast Forward 15 announces 2018 mentors

The list of this year's mentors who will help to nurture female talent in the MICE industry is announced.

FF15 organiser Fay Sharpe
FF15 organiser Fay Sharpe

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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