Yvette has worked for nearly 40 years in the finance industry, during which she not only established herself as a natural leader and project manager, but also developed a well-honed ability in coaching colleagues to reach their full potential, supporting and mentoring them to achieve challenging objectives. With extensive recruitment capabilities and experience in leading diverse teams, Yvette is an excellent communicator with highly developed stakeholder management skills which she is looking forward to lending to the development of the Mentors for Women network. “I could never have imagined that my business experience and skillset would be so useful in the upbringing of my children and the management and support of my aging parents. Who knew that school life, teenage years and hospital visits would need so much planning, influencing and negotiation!”
Sam is a qualified coach and facilitator with twenty years’ public sector leadership experience, including as Deputy Chief Executive of two Primary Care Trusts. She now runs the creative company Different Development, based in Sussex, and provides mentor training to a wide variety of organisations. She is also a volunteer facilitator on the multi-sector Windsor Leadership Programme, held at Windsor Castle and Cumberland Lodge. Sam specialises in bringing creative approaches into personal and organisational development work. She leads the internationally renowned Mastery of Self Expression workshop in Brighton, and a variety of creative masterclasses, including Being a Leader. Sam is also a playwright, director and poet, and author of Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of Leadership (2014). She is scared of heights, spiral staircases and not knowing what to say, yet has done a parachute jump, an abseil and long-form theatre improv. She believes we learn most on the edge of our comfort zones.
Diane has enjoyed a 30 year career in the IT industry. She is passionate about service and developing high performance teams and about supporting women in their careers.
Since leaving the commercial world of IT, she has been honing her needlework and knitting skills, and has dabbled in a bit of singing too.
The past year has been mainly focused on building Mentors for Women, providing a much needed distraction from world events.