“I believe mentoring is one of the key strategies that can help to close the gender gap in leadership, not just in Scotland but around the world. Mentoring is a vital lever we can activate to advance more women in work, help them gain access to capital and economic opportunities they might otherwise miss and be better prepared for opportunities when they come.
One of the responsibilities of being a woman committed to working towards a more just world is being willing to be a mentor when and where needed. We need the support of each other (both mentors and mentees) at all levels. That’s what we’re here to offer. With the economy in turmoil following the coronavirus pandemic, there has never been a more crucial time for Business Women Scotland to launch a mentoring initiative to give businesses a helping hand.
We have a great group of mentors ready to help you. They can share information about their own career path as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support and role modelling. Our Business Women Scotland mentors will help with everything from exploring careers and setting goals to developing contacts and identifying resources.”
– Lynne Kennedy MBE
How Do I Apply?
The BWS Mentoring Programme is only open to Business Women Scotland Members. You can find out how to become a member here. We would encourage you to think about whatyou are looking for from a mentor. Once you have, you can apply online. The Mentoring programme will be open for 4 intakes over the course of the year. The next intake will be announced soon.
How Will It Work?
You will fill in a short application form with details on your business and your goals for mentoring. We will look at each application individually and then match the business to one of our mentors. From thiswe will make the introductions. The mentor will contact you to arrange the first meeting via your preferred method of contact (email/phone/video chat).
The first two sessions are free to BWS members and are key to making the connection. After the first two sessions, you can discuss if you feel the partnership is mutually beneficial and progress fromthere.
Meet Our Mentors
MCIPR Accredited PR Practitioner
ASM Media & PR
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Alan S. Morrison helps SMEs and charities achieve their goals with strategic use of words, pictures & PR delivered with an ‘extra-mile’ dedication recognised in his client testimonials. He began telling stories in 1982 as a photojournalist, then sub-editor, editor, picture editor, broadcaster and web editor. Since 2011 he’s been helping PR clients succeed and is a CIPR Member and Accredited PR Practitioner. Alan has an MBA, including Merits for Strategy and Marketing. He led the turnaround of St Andrews Business Club – from 67 members and falling to a record 138. Its marketing was a finalist in the Fife Business Awards.
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In a world where leadership skills are often wildly overstated, Barbara Brown is a truly committed and totally natural proponent of the art. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, at The Royal Bank of Scotland, RBS Invoice Finance and Ulster Bank. In a number of regional managing director roles, Barbara has led diverse teams, working with stakeholders to achieve excellent outcomes for clients. Barbara is often sought as the voice of reason in contentious debates, she is never afraid to challenge and brings a calmness and balance to the table, allowing solutions to be found. A lifetime of experience in dealing with businesses from one-man operations to multi-million corporates has given Barbara a sharp sense of unlocking business growth and well executed strategy.
Little’s Chauffeur Drive
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As managing director of Scotland’s oldest and largest chauffeur drive company, Heather has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry with particular expertise in transport, event management and logistics. Little’s works with a wide range of corporate and leisure clients in Scotland, as well as organising chauffeur-driven cars for clients overseas, a huge growth area for the business, now accounting for around 40% of turnover. Heather has worked in the business from the age of 21 and has been managing director since 2005 when her father, who started the business in 1966, retired. Her leadership has led to a number of prestigious awards over the last few years. In 2019 Little’s won UK Chauffeur Company of the Year, three Business of the Year titles and Heather won Business Woman of the year at the Business Women Scotland Awards. Heather is proud to have been a founding board member of the Scottish Family Business Association and is an active supporter and ambassador of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
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Celia Tennant is passionate about building a better Scotland. She has been with Inspiring Scotland since its launch in 2008 as head of funds before taking on the role of chief executive in 2013. She has been instrumental in shaping the organisation’s values and vision. Celia brings 20 years of management experience from the private sector and is passionate about the potential of people and communities to create lasting positive change. She is a champion of collaborative working to tackle deep-rooted social problems. Celia leads from the front with commitment and dedication, both with Inspiring Scotland and as a member of several community and advisory groups. She sits on the Building Safer Communities Board, chairs the community sub group of the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland and is an Advisor to Common Purpose Scotland.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
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Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Dale MacPhee has lived in Europe for 22 years in locations from Bucharest and Prague to Istanbul and London. After graduating in political science at Dalhousie University, she joined the Hilton Halifax for a summer job as front desk receptionist 28 years ago and has worked for Hilton Worldwide ever since, joining the luxury division, Waldorf Astoria, as their first female general manager in 2010. In 2013 she moved to Edinburgh to join Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian and now oversees 241 guestrooms and suites, eight banqueting suites, two restaurants and the only Guerlain spa in the UK. In her time at the hotel, Dale has reshaped parts of the business and recruited many senior colleagues, all with an international luxury brand background. Dale’s leadership style has allowed Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh to achieve several accolades and in September 2017 she was awarded Hotelier of the Year by Business Women Scotland.
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Fiona McNeill has navigated the rollercoaster of self-employment and business ownership for 30 years. Her field of expertise is leadership, organisation and personal development. She has a toolkit of resources, questions and frameworks that can help you to think better for yourself moving forward. She can also help to unlock stuckness, to get out of your own way and follow your thinking wherever it takes you. This benefits you now in your busy life by dismantling assumptions, encouraging you to think deeply about your role as a business leader, in where you find yourself and creating a unique space to enable you to let go of all of the unhelpful thinking. She can help create that gateway to clarity, about what to do now and what to do next.
Executive Coach, Mentor, Board Advisor, Business Development
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After more than 25 years’ leadership experience in the financial sector, including banking, asset finance and cashflow finance, June Walker has acquired a great deal of knowledge of businesses in a variety of areas and become a trusted advisor to many entrepreneurs. She has experience running a small business, as well as being involved in her own family business, and believes she brings added value and experience to many of the organisations she supports at Strathblair. June has a keen eye for talent management and enjoys coaching and mentoring. Passionate about developing people and business leaders to realise their full potential, she loves using her natural curiosity and ability to challenge positively to help senior teams grow their business. As the former CEO of Glasgow Credit Union, the largest financial mutual of its kind in the UK, she is particularly proud of her work to successfully revitalise the organisation into a well-known, and highly profitable, brand.
Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing
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Michelle Ferguson held senior management positions within the media industry, including television, press and magazines, before joining charity Scottish Sports Futures as a director 10 years ago. Before joining Royal British Legion Industries in 2018, she was managing director of successful social enterprise St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Ltd, leading the team as they turned a deficit of more than £100,000 to a net profit of £130,000 in year one of her stewardship. The organisation achieved Highly Commended at the UK National Business Awards. Michelle was a guest lecturer at the University of Glasgow Business School and a speaker at the World Social Enterprise Forum in New Zealand in 2017. Since taking up her post as director of Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, a division of Royal British Legion Industries, in January 2018, the organisation has transformed an empty factory on the Erskine Hospital estate into a successful social enterprise with 15 employees, nine of whom are veterans, eight with disabilities and five disabled volunteers. Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company has been successful in tendering to be included on the multi-million pound Scotland Excel Framework for signs, and was the only social enterprise to achieve this. Since manufacturing started in August last year, the social enterprise has successfully won contracts with Bear Scotland, Network Rail and Amey Scotland and is seen as a market leader in the sector. This year the target is to achieve a turnover of £1,000,000 and support more than 50 veterans and others with disabilities.
Director of Strategic Development
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Danielle leads the Strategic Development team which combines business strategies with brilliant marketing solutions for clients looking to increase their presence and grow their business. Collaborating with clients, she ensures their objectives are at the heart of the commercial solutions her team creates, always with a view to delivering strong results. Working closely with the Commercial Director and leadership team, Danielle drives partnerships and solutions to increase awareness of the range of cost-effective marketing solutions available at STV.
Danielle studied International Business and Modern Languages at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and HEC Montréal in Quebec before starting her career in the software industry, where she worked across international territories with clients such as Emirates and Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Danielle then moved into the media sector, where she has over 10 years experience working with SMEs and PLCs, building their relationships with STV as a key part of their marketing strategies. She developed the launch of the STV Growth Fund, which supports the business community in Scotland whilst helping to boost the local economy. To date, more than 350 deals have been secured with clients in the STV Growth Fund – mostly new to television – returning positive growth figures.
Danielle is a member of the NABS Scotland committee and the STV steering group on Diversity & Inclusion.
Head of Women in Business
NatWest & Royal Bank of Scotland & Ulster Bank
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As head of women in business for NatWest, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank, Yvonne Greeves is responsible for the Women in Business Strategy across the UK, working with key stakeholders and strategic partnerships internally and externally. With more than 400 externally trained and accredited women in business specialists supporting female entrepreneurs to set up and scale their business, Yvonne is responsible for the bank’s women in business targets, monitoring and reporting the data to the bank’s executives. Yvonne’s passion is to champion female-led businesses and she is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Work at Westminster and the Cross-Party Group for Women in Enterprise at the Scottish Parliament. Yvonne is also a member of the Women & Girls Sports Advisory Board and the Women in Enterprise Advisory Council for the Scottish Government. Actively mentoring and providing training to women in business across the country, Yvonne is keen to inspire women to set up and scale their business. She has a number of board positions and is chair of MsMissMrs, a community interest company seeking to empower women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Yvonne is also trustee of Changing the Chemistry, an organisation seeking diversity of thought on boards, and recently joined the board of Firstport, an organisation that supports new social enterprises across Scotland.
Coaching High Growth Businesses
Engage & Grow
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Certified coach Yvonne Webb can share thoughts on leadership, career development and ways to work on self-confidence. She has spent 25 years working with Coca Cola and Cadbury across a number of channels such as ecommerce and grocery. Within the fast-moving consumer goods market, Yvonne has worked with a wide range of clients, from FTSE-listed companies such as Tesco, Asda and Amazon to SMEs. Yvonne currently owns Engage & Grow, a business specialising in employee engagement, including a specific programme around women’s leadership. Yvonne also volunteers as a mentor for the Royal Bank of Scotland Accelerator Programme and as a women’s business mentor for the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
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After commencing his career at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, David started working for Norfolk Capital Hotels. He then joined Gardner Merchant, now called Sodexo, as a chef manger, progressing to District Training Coordinator.
This training experience led him into the Hotel and Catering Training Company, working with Youth Training and unemployment projects. He also undertook a Leonardo da Vinci European project to help implement Vocational Qualifications in Scottish prisons!
David has been the Training Manager at the internationally renowned Gleneagles hotel. He developed his passion for people development, and this led him naturally to take on the role of Chief Executive of HIT Scotland.
In 2004 David was awarded the Industry Award for services to the hospitality industry in Scotland. Since working with HIT Scotland the Trust has awarded over 3000 scholarships for the emerging talent of the industry and 14,000 student bursaries. He took part in the successful Kilimanjaro challenge in 2011, The Gran Paradiso Challenge in Italy in 2014 and the Great Wall of China Challenge in 2017! In 2019 he organised another successful fundraising trek to Machu Picchu. He was awarded an honorary degree in International Hospitality Management from Higher Institute of Education – Glion and he was honoured with the Education and Training “Catey” UK award the same year.
Supported by STV
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