Disadvantaged and disillusioned – why mentoring is the tool for creating change

Today we celebrate the annual National Mentoring Day to recognise and raise awareness of the enormous power and benefits of mentoring.  Here I will be talking about the importance of ‘early intervention’ to create successful personal and professional lives.   It never ceases to amaze me how a parent can show such resilience and strength of character when their child’s life is cruelly cut short. Olympic sprinter…

An evening of celebration, inspiration and the speech of my life

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker for a truly wonderful evening of celebration and inspiration organised by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The 3rd BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) event, held in Manchester, aimed to celebrate diversity by understanding and embracing individual differences in ways that drive innovation, connect them more fully to…

Exciting news – finalist for Careers Champion Awards

Well 2016 hasn’t got off to a bad start for me, and I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted as a finalist for the Careers Champion Award! For those not familiar with this award, Careers Champion is an initiative to recognise and reward individuals doing great careers work. It is in association with Working…

My 5 top lessons from 2015

Everyone loves a good quote, a few words, pearls of wisdom to inspire, motivate and bring a smile to your face. And I’ve been collecting a fair few over the last year or so on Pinterest. 2015 has been a real rollercoaster of a year for me, with many personal and professional challenges, but opportunities and blessings…

What Great British Bake Off taught us about success

I don’t think there were many dry eyes in living rooms across the UK on Wednesday night, and that included my own! More than 13 million people were fixed to their screens for the most- watched TV show this year – the BBC’s Great British Bake Off Final. And what an ending as the brilliant Nadiya Hussain,…