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Full mentor line-up announced for Fast Forward 15

Becci Thomson, head of corporate sales at The O2, has been named as the programme’s first reverse mentor

Pictured: Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15 founder

Fast Forward 15 has announced its full mentor line-up for 2017.

The 15 hospitality and events leaders will be responsible for developing and empowering future female leaders throughout the sector.

Joining the Fast Forward 15 mentoring programme for 2017 will be:
- Dawn Bowles, marketing manager, Lloyds
- Justine Kane, co-founder and course director, Ashdown Academy
- Dawn-Louise Kerr, CEO/founder, SM2 Communicate
- Jackie Boughton, head of business events, Barbican
- Anthony Coyle-Dowling, senior director – event business development & marketing, BCD M&E
- Tony McMurray, finance director, Ingram Micro
- Caroline Jackson, senior principal academic, Bournemouth University

Josef Jammerbund, former head of events at the British Fashion Council, will be returning as a mentor in 2017.

Becci Thomson, head of corporate sales at The O2, has also been named as the programme’s first reverse mentor.

She said: “Having worked client side, in catering and venue side with some incredibly high-profile brands I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, while also offering an insight into new technologies, marketing techniques and new social media channels and online platforms. This really challenges the conventions of traditional mentoring and I am thrilled to have been named as the reverse mentor for the 2017 Fast Forward 15 mentoring programme.”

Fay Sharpe, Fast Forward 15 founder, added: “2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Fast Forward 15 as we take on board feedback received from the mentees and mentors who have been part of the programme and responsible for its amazing success over the past two years.

“I really believe in the transformative power that a great mentor can have on an individual, and have been privileged to see it up close through Fast Forward 15. I have high expectations for this year and look forward to working with our inspirational industry leaders to coach and mentor our class of 2017.” 

Previously announced 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
- Martin Jensen, head of international congresses and events at Lundbeck
- Steve Brown, Team GB Paralympic wheelchair rugby captain
- Andrew Mosley, general manager of The Grand Brighton.

Applications for Fast Forward 15 are open at and close on Tuesday 28 February.

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