PRWeek Mentoring Project: 15 mentees named

The 15 female PR professionals chosen to be 'mentees' as part of the PRWeek/Women in PR Mentoring Project have been named.

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

The 15 mentees are:

* Nathalie Agnew, MD, Muckle Media

* Amaya Alvarez, senior account director, Cirkle

* Claire Foster, PR manager, Direct Line

* Jo Green, associate director, Gung Ho Communications

* Rikki Jones, executive director, GCI Health

* Hayley Lewis, head of comms and engagement, London Borough of Croydon

* Beth Murray, director of public engagement, Only Connect

* Laura Oakley, account director, Cirkle

* Jen Patterson, European PR manager, Premier Farnell

* Emma Pointer, account director, Weber Shandwick

* Becky Potgieter, senior PR manager, O2

* Sarah Samee, senior strategic comms manager, Home Office

* Amy Stevens, PR manager (UK, Spain, Italy & Netherlands), Bang & Olufsen

* Suzanne Surridge, associate director, Cirkle

* Laura Weston, MD, Iris Worldwide.

They were chosen by a panel convened by Women in PR following an application process via PRWeek.

Women in PR president Mary Whenman said: "As a partner of PRWeek’s 2015 Mentoring Project we were very impressed with the calibre of the candidates, so judging was a difficult task. We would like to thank everyone who submitted an application. The standard was very high and we would encourage those not shortlisted this year to re-apply in the future when they have gained more experience."

Click here for a list of the 15 mentors.

To read about how the 2014 Mentoring Project helped the careers of both mentors and mentees, click here.

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