WCCN Mentoring

We are in the process of creating a recognisable scheme to connect WCCN members with talented, career minded women in communications and advocacy. Click here to contact Nicola Bates if you have any ideas, information about other schemes or you would like to be a mentor, or be mentored.

Mentoring Team

Natalie Whitty

Director of the Mentoring Committee

Communications Director for RSA Group 

Natalie is Communications Director at the insurer RSA Group, and a member of their UK&I Executive Team. Prior to this she was Brand, Strategic Communications and Campaigns Director at the Post Office, and held a number of senior communications roles at education company Pearson. She is a Trustee of charity Causeway Education, which seeks to improve the life chances of children and young people in the UK by supporting them through key educational transitions.

Credit: Spencer Griffiths

Madeleine Hallward

Government Affairs Director for Ford UK

Named one of Autocar’s 100 most influential women in the British automotive industry, Madeleine is a Director on Ford’s UK Board. Experienced working in-house (Diageo, Bloomberg, and the Energy Retail Association) and in consultancy, she is practised in managing complex public affairs agenda in highly-regulated sectors. A member of the Fawcett Society, she adheres firmly to the tenet that there is a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.

Daniella Goldman

Founder of London & Melrose Ltd

Daniella has over 25 years experience in corporate and crisis communications, political and regulatory issues and international government affairs. She currently advises a number of international clients and is the Founder and CEO of London & Melrose Limited, a specialist government affairs consultancy. Daniella was previously Vice President Corporate Affairs EMEA at Herbalife Europe Limited and prior to that, Director of Government Affairs and Communications at Huawei Technologies Ltd. Daniella is a lawyer by training and is originally from South Africa. She holds a Master of Laws Degree from UCL.

Catherine May

Company Director and Leadership Coach

Catherine is a plural non-executive, acting as Vice Chair of Stonehaven Campaigns, Senior Independent Director of English National Opera and adviser to Ellwood Atfield. She is also principal of a leadership coaching practice.
Catherine spent more than 25 years as an executive in the communications function, serving as Corporate Affairs Director on the executive committee of three FTSE 40 businesses, RELX group plc Centrical plc and SABMiller plc.

Kerry Parkin

Director, Global Marketing Operations for HMD Global 

Kerry is a senior communications professional with twenty years industry experience. During this time Kerry has served as Global Communications Director for large, global brands including Pernod Ricard, Costa Coffee and most recently led the return of Nokia phones to the international stage at HMD Global. As a former wine writer and judge, Kerry continues to educate newcomers to the category through informal wine courses.

Kathryn Partridge

Group Corporate Communications Director for Tata 

A global corporate communications, advocacy and reputation management specialist with experience across consumer goods, tech and utilities industries as well as PE. She has headed Corporate Affairs teams in Vivendi of France and Tata of India, as well as the UK’s Diageo plc. She mentors women in communications through the GWPR network and the London College of Fashion, as well as informally through her own network.

Florence Quirici

Head of External Engagement for Standard Chartered Bank 

Florence Quirici is Head of External Engagement, Group Public Affairs and Sustainability at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to this, she led the international practice at Pagefield, a communications consultancy, and was Head of External Affairs EMEA at Bloomberg Television. Florence holds an MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

Sarah Scholefield

CEO, UK & Ireland for Grayling 

Having worked extensively in both the UK and in Asia, Sarah’s experience spans top corporate entities and global consumer brands. As a corporate reputation specialist, Sarah has created global positioning and thought leadership platforms across the world for leading global organisations. She joined Grayling in 2015 and, before joining the UK business, was responsible for running their global PayPal account. She is now the CEO for Grayling in the UK. Prior to that, Sarah worked as SVP at Fleishman Hillard, Edelman and Ruder Finn, running clients such as Diageo, Adidas, Visa, Carnival and Etihad. Sarah has been a TV presenter and was on the Board at Freud Communications in London.

Tanya Hughes

Communications Consultant 

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