Our 

MENTORS

All of our mentors give their time for free, and are passionate about enhancing the future of our bright, talented female workforce. Read on to find out what inspired them all to join the programme.

elizabeth claxton | rostrons

The yin to Michelle’s yang, Elizabeth has over 21 years’ experience as Director at Rostrons Chartered Accountants. Ambitious and devoted Elizabeth has built an inspiring career and loves working with new businesses, offering her expertise and support in any way possible. The We Can programme has become an integral part of the Rostrons partnership, and Elizabeth’s & Michelle’s agreeable rapport and relationship makes them the perfect pair to lead the programme.

sophie hind

Sophie’s life reads like a journey through media and entertainment. After starting her career at ITV in London, the last 30 years have been a tour of some of the biggest media companies in the UK. Sophie has worked in commercial TV, run radio stations and now specializes in company strategy & change management. She is passionate about mentoring rising talent and helping others progress their careers.

BEVERLEY LONG | BBL FAMILY LAW

Beverley Long is co-founder and director of BBL Family Law. As a Norwich family law solicitor and mediator she is well known for promoting betters ways of assisting couples going through relationship and family breakdown. Knowing the challenges and rewards of forging a legal career and starting a new business, Beverley is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge with students and young business owners. Enjoying the experience of mentoring UEA law students and supporting her own staff in fulfilling their career goals, Beverley is excited to be supporting the We Can Mentoring programme

OLIVIA BUCHER | ANDERSON WEALTH PLANNING LTD

Olivia joins us from a career background in wealth management where her dedication and ambition took her from graduate trainee to fully qualified adviser for a prestigious FTSE100 company.

Olivia is passionate about sharing her knowledge and inspiring other women to invest in themselves both personally and professionally to achieve their aspirations and financial goals.

Fiona Sykes |

Fiona Sykes Executive Coaching ltd

Fiona set up her own business, ten years ago and has worked with organisations including; Women in Banking and Finance, University of Edinburgh Business School, Fitch Ratings, Menzies Distribution Ltd, Association of Chief Police Officers and the British Medical Association. Fiona is an executive coach and mentor who loves working with people to facilitate their career and professional development, maximise their performance at work and enable them to achieve their personal best.

Linda I’Anson | Creative Chiropractic Ltd

Linda has over 35 years of business experience (a little longer of life experiences!) across a range of business sectors.  She has been responsible for management, business development, training, promotion, marketing and mentoring for several renowned corporate companies as well as small businesses.  A theme throughout Linda’s career has been her commitment to supporting individuals to ‘be their brilliant best’.  As the business owner of an award-winning private healthcare company, she is very aware of the myriad of challenges people face and she would love to use her passion, innovation and down to earth approach to support others to fulfil their potential.

Sarah Black | HSBC

Sarah Black is a single mum of a 17 year-old son and commutes daily from Cambridge to Norfolk where she works as the Area Director for HSBC Business Banking leading a team of 15. She is an inspirational and dynamic leader who is actively engaged with HSBC’s personal development initiatives, including a current programme to support women across business banking. An experienced mentor, Sarah is dedicated to helping others to understand their goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

  

MICHELLE RAPER | rostrons

One half of the We Can dynamic duo, Michelle has over 15 years’ experience as Director at Rostrons Chartered Accountants. Driven and dedicated Michelle is passionate about helping people succeed whatever that looks like for them. As the founder of the We Can programme Michelle is thrilled that what was once a germ of an idea has flourished into an exciting new escapade.

Tessa haskey | howes percival

Tessa has been a partner of Howes Percival for umpteen years and Chairman for the last 4. She is passionate about her staff progressing through their careers, and enjoying their work at Howes Percival and in the law. Tessa is thrilled to be a founder member of We Can and a mentor.

Vanessa fletcher | fd strategies

Vanessa is a Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years’ experience, which includes working in corporate finance and holding directorships in a number of high-profile entrepreneurial East Anglian businesses. She set up FD Strategies in 2011 to provide Finance Director expertise to businesses that do not have their own full-time FD. Vanessa has worked part-time for almost 30 years – successfully balancing family life with senior business roles. Throughout her career, Vanessa has always been keen to promote the importance of women in the workplace and championing working parents and this is why she has been inspired to be part of the We Can Programme.

Lucy Marks | Norfolk Network Ltd

Lucy is Managing Director of Norfolk Network, a successful and ever-growing networking group of like-minded business professionals. She’s been a prominent networker in the local business community for the last 15 years and is passionate about discovering, championing and connecting people and inspiring and creating opportunities for the next generation of business leaders. Lucy runs networking workshops at the local universities and leads a successful student volunteering programme. We Can is an excellent networking opportunity,” says Lucy. She is delighted to be part of this innovative, grass-roots programme that she believes will have a positive impact on everyone involved. 

Barbara Reed | Breed Events ltd

For events entrepreneur Barbara Reed the decision to start her own company, Breed Events, was a no-brainer. Having arrived in Norwich from her native Switzerland with £40 and a backpack a decade ago, Barbara knew she had the tenacity and drive to navigate the pitfalls as a small business owner. She also wanted to bring her expertise and passions together – designing creative events and being a champion for other women in business.

Kate Gaskin | Right Angle Events

Following a 20+ year career as a Police Officer in London which included extensive delivery of management training, Kate moved to Norwich. In 2007 she and her husband set up Right Angle Events as a team building and team development company. It is now operating nationally and internationally and has won many awards. She has a passion for encouraging other women in business and fulfilling their potential.

Amy Walpole | Howes Percival

Amy is a Partner at Howes Percival and specialises in all areas of family law, specifically focusing on complex financial matters arising during a relationship breakdown. As a member of Resolution and a trained collaborative lawyer, Amy helps clients to work through their differences to reach an agreement. Amy is delighted to be part of the We Can programme and passionate about inspiring other women to progress their careers and achieve their goals.

Erika Mizun-Moller | tea agency

Erika is a brand strategist and co-founder of tea agency. She refers to herself as a ‘brand therapist’ because of her mixed backgrounds in psychology, journalism and brand leadership. Her forte is in creating compelling narratives driven by human insights. Tea works with scale-ups in emerging tech as well as global b2b companies and luxury brands. She is most passionate about supporting women and paving the way for entrepreneurs.

become a mentor

Since the launch of the programme we have been overwhelmed with positive responses from women who are interested in taking part in the programme. We are currently looking to expand our ever growing team of mentors so we can help support and encourage as many women as possible.