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PR Week / Women in PR 2017 Mentoring Scheme Finalists Announced

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The Women in PR Committee are delighted to announce the names of the successful candidates for this year’s Women in PR / PR Week mentoring scheme, which aims to nurture the next generation of female leaders in the PR industry by matching talented women with senior PR professionals.

Each will be matched with a mentor – an experienced female PR figure – who will offer guidance through face-to-face meetings and ongoing communication. The project, in its third year, is a joint initiative between PRWeek and Women in PR, and is designed to tackle the lack of female leaders in communications.

The 15 mentees were chosen following an online application process and a rigorous judging session by the members of the Women in PR Committee. Each has now been allocated a mentor, matched to her current role and specific career challenges and goals. The list of mentees and mentors can be found below. We will report back on the experiences of our mentees towards the end of the scheme on the Women in PR blog. PR Week supports the scheme and will also publish sporadic updates.

The 2017 list is as follows:


Tash Carpenter, head of communications, Premiership Rugby:

Nicola Green, director of corporate affairs, O2


Addy Frederick, senior corporate comms manager, BUPA:

Christina Kelly, corporate affairs at Clydesdale Bank


Grace Garland, head of PR & communications, MVF:

Rachel Friend, MD, London, Weber Shandwick


Anna Geffert, associate partner, Instinctif Partners:

Shelley Facius, head of technology at Ruder Finn


Jo Hooper, head of corporate affairs, Which?:

Ali Jeremy, head of communications at the NSPCC


Vicki Harding, managing partner, Iris Culture:

Ginny Paton, MD, House PR


Felicity Hudson, associate director, Hotwire:

Molly Aldridge, CEO, M&C Saatchi PR


Anastasia Ivanova, senior account director, Ketchum:

Gay Collins, founding partner, Montford Communications


Aimee Jacobs, associate director, Ready10:

Misha Dhanak, founder & CEO, The Romans


Zoe Melarkey, head of PR, nPower:

Jennifer Thomas, head of internal comms & experience, Direct Line Group


Paula Pohja-Hutchinson, director, MHP Communications:

Deborah Saw, vice chair & senior partner, Newgate


Rachel Ruxton, head of communications, People’s Postcode Lottery:

Abbie Sampson, director, external affairs, Energy UK


Lesley Singleton, MD, Playtime PR:

Rachel Bell, founder of Shine Communications


Ellie St George-Yorke, account director, Acceleris:

Helena Bloomer, MD, Europe, DeVries SLAM


Anna Younger, head of innovation, Instinctif Partners:

Jo-ann Robertson, partner & deputy CEO, London, Ketchum


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