“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

Mentoring Scheme Introduction

Women in Exhibitions have developed this mentoring scheme to inspire and empower women in the industry. The programme is designed to support the growth and career development of our members through a 12-month programme working with some of the top industry players who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Who’s It For ?

This scheme is exclusively for paid members of the Women in Exhibitions Network and is open to women working within the exhibitions industry who are hungry and committed towards developing their network, their talent and themselves.

Meet Our Mentors

We are overwhelmed to have been able to attract the best names in our industry to share their insight, skills and expertise to help you in your career. Our Mentors have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the exhibitions industry and range from Event Directors to CEOs. So whatever your career challenge and whatever level you are at, we are confident that we can provide exceptional talent to help you on your journey.

Andrew Evans

Managing Director at Thorough Events Ltd

Alison Jackson

Group Managing Director at Nineteen Group


Group Managing Director of Montgomery Group

Ed Tranter

Founder and MD of 73 Media

Emma Barrett

Managing Director at Broadway Events

Julie Driscoll

UK Regional Director at Hyve Group plc.

Kate Chambers

Gaming and Event Industry Consultant

Ruth Carter

Director at Red Fox Advisory

Soraya Gadelrab

Director of Reventalize

Simon Foster

International Exhibition CEO and Business Leader

Suzanne King

Chief Operating Officer at CloserStill Media.

Chris Skeith OBE

CEO of the Association of Event Organisers

Anna Knight

VP – Licensing at Informa Markets

Lourda Derry

Chief Operating Officer at Easyfairs UK & Global

Shalina Micheal


Alison Willis

Divisional Director, Easyfairs

Naomi Barton

Portfolio Director, Clarion Events

Rebecca King

CMO & Senior Adviser, Collingwood Advisory

David O’Connor

Co-Owner, DN Events

James McGough

Managing Director, Clarion Events

How Does it Work?

As a mentee in the mentoring scheme you will benefit from two exceptional mentors over the course of the year, doubling your development potential and allowing you to learn from a mix of styles and experiences.

There will be 12 sessions over the course of the year, each lasting an hour and each learning agenda can be personally set between you and your mentors.

  • Application process via the online form
  • 12-month long scheme
  • Two consecutive Mentors selected for you and split into 6-month periods to maximise your exposure to our talent pool (Mentor 1 for months 1-6, Mentor 2 for months 7-12)
  • Formal introduction to your two Mentors
  • Minimum of one hour monthly one-to-one meetings with your Mentors