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Mentors announced for FWD Future Leaders Forum

Fourteen senior leaders in the wholesale channel are stepping forward to share their experience and expertise with young colleagues through FWD’s first-ever mentoring scheme.

The volunteers, who include Unitas Managing Director John Kinney, Costco Marketing and Admin Director Sue Knowles, and FWD Chairman Coral Rose, will work with members of the FWD Future Leaders Forum (FLF) on a one-to-one basis, with a minimum of four online sessions over the next 12 months.

The recently established FLF gives a voice to up-and-coming leaders working for both wholesalers and suppliers in the wholesale sector.

The group currently has 40 members and is designed to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of ambitious individuals within the FWD membership who are age 30 or under.

“Mentoring is a great way to accelerate FLF members’ development by tapping into the knowledge of someone further along in their career,” said FWD Head of Engagement Lyndsey Cambridge.

“It’s a priceless opportunity to learn from someone outside their own organisation who can share advice, offer guidance and be a sounding board for your thoughts.

“Diversity and inclusion are vital to the growth, productivity and strength of a company, and a mentoring program is essential for organisations that want to create a more diverse and inclusive workspace.”

FLF members have been invited to put themselves forward for the scheme and will be assigned mentors on a first-come-first-served basis.

The 14 mentors are: Steve Jeavons, Fairway Foodservice; Gary Mullineux, Caterforce; James Russell, AF Blakemore; Pete Bolger, Upfield; Coral Rose, FWD; Andrew Lynas, Lynas Foodservice; Cathal Geoghegan, Henderson Foodservice; Sue Knowles, Costco; Dominic Flanagan, Costco; Clare Bocking, DCS Group; John Kinney, Unitas; Damian McLoughlin, Upfield; Tom Gittins, Confex; and James Bielby, FWD.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this service to help the next generation of wholesale leaders realise their full potential and form strong and lasting relationships with the senior executives who have been on the same journey themselves,” added FWD Chief Executive James Bielby.

“The mentoring scheme is an additional benefit of FWD membership, and a commitment to investing in our members and the future of the wholesale channel.”

Andrew Lynas Caterforce Cathal Geohegan Clare Bocking Confex Coral Rose Costco Damian McLoughlin DCS Group Dominic Flanagan Fairway Foodservice Future Leaders Forum FWD Gary Mullineux Henderson Foodservice James Bielby James Russell AF Blakemore John Kinney Lynas Foodservice Lyndsey Cambridge Pete Bolger Steve Jeavons Sue Knowles Tom Gittins Unitas Upfield