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Fast Forward 15 announces mentors for 2019/20 intake

Fast Forward 15, the pioneering mentoring scheme for women in hospitality and events, has announced 2019/20’s line up of mentors.
The 15 mentors have been selected for their dedication to helping nurture and empower future female talent as well as their far-reaching knowledge and networks. The line-up comprises a broad spectrum of personalities from the business tourism sector including Geoff Allwright from Airbus UK and Carina Bauer from IMEX Group. Corporate representation is filled by the likes of Stephenie Lintl-McLean from Fidelity International and Toby Guest from Bayer.


Applications for the 2019/20 intake of Fast Forward 15 are now open and close on 8th March 2019. Applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Founded by Fay Sharpe, Vice President of BCD Meetings & Events, Fast Forward 15 is now in its fifth year. By developing the careers of future female leaders, Fast Forward 15 has already helped many mentees fast track their professional and personal development. This work has seen Fay Sharpe recognised with a Shine Award in 2017 and an honorary doctorate from University of West London in 2018 for founding and creating the free mentoring scheme.

Fay Sharpe, comments: “We’re delighted to announce our highly talented mentors for Fast Forward 15’s 2019/20 intake. Firstly I would like to express my gratitude to each of them for giving up their time and knowledge and for their devotion to developing the next generation of leaders.

“The scheme has proved to be a fantastic catalyst for those looking to advance their personal and professional development and that is down to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic mentors. We’re thrilled to see a number of returning faces who have supported the initiative from its conception, as well as a few new additions and we can’t wait to kickstart what is set to be another fantastic year!”

Lucy Anstie Head of Client Engagement at London Business Forum and former Fast Forward 15 mentee added, “I was incredibly honored to be a part of the 2018 class of the Fast Forward 15 program. The initiative allowed me to meet and spend time with some of the biggest and most influential people in our industry, something which is truly invaluable to aspiring female leaders. I would wholeheartedly recommend the initiative and would urge anyone thinking about the opportunity to get involved!”

2019/20’s full mentors list comprises:
Andrew Mosley                   The Grand Brighton
Carina Bauer                      CEO – IMEX Group
Debra Nightingale               Director – All Bright Communications
Jane Culcheth Beard            Head of Tier 1 Events – HP
Judy Elvey                          Senior Marketing Manager Europe – Cvent
Dr Kate Dashper                  Director of Research Degrees – Leeds Beckett University
Lucy Anstie                         Head of Client Engagement – London Business Forum
Mark Riches                        Managing Director - First
Madolyn Grove                    Head of Special Events - Unicef
Renee Binyon                      Director – Weekend in the Country Ltd
Sasha Frieze                       Managing Director – The Business Narrative
Stephenie Lintl-McLean        Senior Manager – Fidelity International
Toby Guest                         Procurement Manager - Bayer
Geoff Allwright                    UK Travel Manager - Airbus UK
Ben Hoeksma                     Account Director - BCD M&E

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