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Industry icons recruited as Fast Forward 15 mentors

Kevin Jackson, Paralympian Steve Brown, London & Partners' Tracy Halliwell and AstraZeneca's Robert Quayle sign up

The new wave of 2016 mentors include (clockwise from top left) Kevin Jackson, Steve Brown, Robert Quayle and Tracy Halliwell

Four leading industry figures, including London & Partners' Tracy Halliwell and ISES chair Kevin Jackson, will join the panel of mentors for the second year of the Fast Forward 15 initiative.

The new leaders were hand-picked for the programme, and will mentor, encourage and advise young women entering the industry as part of the scheme.

Along with Halliwell, director of business tourism and major events for London Tourism and Jackson, founder of Experience is the Marketing, Robert Quayle (meetings leader & head of events UK marketing company, AstraZeneca UK Ltd) and Steve Brown (London 2012 Paralympic wheelchair rugby captain) will join the panel.

New mentor Jackson said: “It’s a real pleasure and an honour to be joining Fay's Fast Forward 15 as a mentor. I am excited to meet my mentees and work closely with them throughout the year, to pass on my knowledge and experience from this incredibly exciting industry of ours. One of the great things about mentorships is it’s a two-way street and it will undoubtedly be a great learning experience for me and one I am looking forward to."

Fay Sharpe, managing director of Zibrant and founder of Fast Forward 15 added: “I’m thrilled that such prestigious industry figures are joining the Fast Forward 15 programme. Their contribution and support will add considerable weight and gravitas to this highly successful initiative.  Personally, I cannot wait for mentee applications to come in when we launch the 2016 website on Friday.”

Applications will open for new mentees from Friday 15 January at and will close 22 February 2016.

The scheme has divided opinion in the industry, between those who support the aims of developing the careers of females, and those who believe the idea excludes males.

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