International Women’s Day Speed Mentoring and Networking Luncheon.

The Brunel Entrepreneurs Society in partnership with the Brunel Innovation Hub and the Corporate Relations department are hosting a Speed Mentoring and Networking Luncheon on March 8th 2016 from 11:30 – 14:30.


The aim of the event is to bring together women and girls who are breaking the mould and aspiring to succeed in various industries. The event will be both frivolous and thoughtful – at once a safe space for contentious conversations and an unselfconscious, funny place for laughter and joy!


As a special feature of this year’s event, there will be a series of speed mentoring open to women at all stages of their working lives, paid and unpaid. Modelled on speed dating, groups of mentees will circulate and talk with different mentors from industry. Mentees lead the discussion and the main aim is that Mentees enjoy the experience.

The event is free and open to all male and female Brunel students and alumni to attend and includes a complimentary lunch.

WHEN: Tuesday, 8 March 2016 from 11:30 to 14:30 (GMT) Add to Calendar

WHERE: Beldam Restaurant, Eastern Gateway

Mentor Profiles

Jane AtkinsonJane Atkinson

Previously Chief of Staff of Global Poverty Project and PR to Diana Princess of Wales

Jane Atkinson is a communications expert specialising in the development of communications strategies and reputation management for organisations and individuals. Currently, she is an independent communications consultant.


Hillingdon-EXPO-Fran-Beasley-24 (1).jpgFran Beasley

Chief Executive, London Borough of Hillingdon

Fran Beasley joined the London Borough of Hillingdon as Deputy Chief Executive in 2008. She has 20 years of experience in the public sector and was previously the Director of Policy & Performance at Westminster City Council. After completing her PhD in the field of learning disabilities, she initially went into academic research, working on a Welsh Office project and then as a Research Fellow for the University of Kent.


Emma hindesEmma Hindes

General Manager, Westfield London Shopping Centre

Emma Hindes is directly responsible for Centre Management Operations of Westfield London Shopping Centre including areas such as: Finance, Marketing, Customer Experience, Risk Management, Retailer Relationships, Stakeholder Relationship Management etc. She also has indirect responsibility for associated activity including mall retail and experiential, events, brand partnerships.

17ecdb7Charly Massey

Executive Director – Global Strategy – OMD International

Charly is a senior level marketing communications executive and Global Strategist at OMD International. She has a track record of devising, winning and building interesting and complex international campaigns in a number of sectors including Telecommunications, Retail (particularly ecommerce), Youth engagement, Fast-moving consumer goods, Food and beverage, Luxury and Financial.

Her areas of expertise are in business development, strategic communications planning, media management, digital innovation, commercial collaborations, content management, creative production and campaign development.

bobbyDr Prabhjot Kaur Basra

Regional Partnership Director for London at BT

Dr Prabhjot Kaur Basra (Bobby) is the Regional Partnership Director for London at BT. She has a broad based career in business management ranging from implementation of quality programmes to stakeholder engagement and communication, business and resource planning, business development, commercial contract management and governance, and project and programme management, and implementing CSR initiatives.

R0nLIOhKRhian Aubrey-Martin

Lawyer and Partner at John Martin Estates

Rhian established John Martin estates in 1995. Rhian is a qualified solicitor, although currently non-practising, and has been an integral part of the business from the outset. Rhian deals with all legal and financial matters for the business and in the lettings process for her clients.

233a182Ria Barnabas

Owner of Recom Research

Ria is the Managing Director and Owner of Recom, a multi-skilled global market research company providing insightful research into both the consumer and business to business markets. In recent years, Recom has developed its business expertise in ‘emerging markets’. Ria was also previously the Head of Market Research and Analysis at Motorola.

mrs_suzanne_mcculloch_1Suzanne McCulloch

Senior Solicitor at IBB Solicitors

Suzanne McCulloch has many years of experience as a private client lawyer, working mainly with the elderly based in the Chesham area. She specialises in Will drafting and related Inheritance Tax Planning, Probate and Administration of mainly Will Trusts, and Lasting Powers of Attorney. IBB are the leading law firm in West London.

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Director and Co-Founder of Frog Bikes

Shelley launched Frog Bikes in 2012, a new international brand of children’s bikes in UK which won Export Business of the Year 2015. Frog Bikes is dedicated to making it easier for children to learn to ride using lighter bikes. They set about re-designing kids’ bikes to offer high performance without compromising the weight. Shelley was also previously Marketing Manager of Tesco Stores Ltd.