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Third series of First Fast Forward 15 mentors revealed

Mentors from Square Meal, Lloyds, Linklaters and Lundbeck announced for 2017 edition of mentoring programme

Pictured: Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15 founder

The first mentors for 2017's Fast Forward 15 programme have been revealed.
New mentors for 2017 include: Hannah Walley, sales director and show manager at Square Meal; Joy Thomas, senior events manager of group events at Lloyds; Lipika Mandal, global event manager at Linklaters; and Martin Jensen, head of international congresses and events at Lundbeck.
Returning mentors include Steve Brown, Team GB Paralympic wheelchair rugby captain and An-drew Mosley, general manager of The Grand Brighton.
This year's programme 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.”
Designed to empower, develop and celebrate female talent, Fast Forward 15 was the first mentoring programme to help shape future leaders of the hospitality and event sector. Based on feedback from previous participants; mentors have been selected for their experience and standing in specific busi-ness sectors of the hospitality and events industry.
Applications for Fast Forward 15 are open at until Tuesday 28 February.

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