Check out our AMAZING mentors below!

Sara Harnett

Areas of experience: LQBTQ+, career change, mental health, redundancy, starting a non profit, self belief/self worth, identity, budgeting, getting to know yourself, public speaking … happy to mentor on anything if can be of help

Co-founder of Better Together Project and incredibly passionate about the power of mentoring, Sara comes from a professional background of teaching, events management and sport development. From a personal point, Sara is married; has been through redundancies; a journey of getting to know and accept herself; and loves to reflect

Sara loves to read (favourite book this year ‘Girl, Woman, Other’); writes a blog; eats way too many biscuits (jammie dodgers with cream!!); is obsessed with dogs (westies are the best); coaches a ladies football team and loves to sing out loud in very public places.

Kate Page

Areas of experience: working in education, personal development through academia, working in sport, travelling, ‘being a woman in a ‘man’s’ world’.

Kate is really excited to be joining Better Together and to get started on supporting other women. Her professional background is steeped in education and teaching, as well as being a regular at summer camp in the USA. At Camp Timber Tops she has climbed through the ranks from camp counsellor to programme director. Kate loves to socialise (on her own terms) and could be considered a pro at napping. She is ambitious, both academically and professionally.

Kate loves campfires, making smores, binge watching series on TV, live music and any adventures locally or internationally. Kate is not a fan of being woken up early, being fed sweet and savoury together and don’t put her in front of a horror movie … she will attempt to run away and probably throw the sweet and salty popcorn at you.

Darcie Andrews

Areas of experience: Self belief, confidence, childhood trauma, dealing with stress, grief and loss of parents, career change, experience of going through therapy, mental health, managing mental illness, bi-polar disorder, developing a positive attitude, coming out, dealing with shame, self acceptance and dealing with toxic relationships.

Darcie loves talking and listening to people and is looking forward to developing herself and others as a mentor. Positivity is her mantra. She is happily married, identifies as a lesbian and is hoping to start a family in the next year. Her professional life has been spent in a variety of roles in pubs, restaurants and the customer service industry, with her current role being a duty manager. She is someone who has gone through so much and has come out with a positive attitude and is so keen to give back and help others. She is very open minded and will make you feel at ease, no matter what the subject is. She is a great resource and we are so happy to have her as part of the team!

Darcie LOVES people as well as music, singing, wrestling, football, walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Patricia Rodrigues

Areas of experience: academia, parenting your own children and others, relationships, job transitions, adapting to cultural changes, moving to the UK, life skills.

Patricia was ‘built to support and service others’ and loves that feeling that she gets when she see’s others achieve their goals and dreams. She is the proud mother of 3 daughters, describes herself as multicultural having lived life in Angola, Portugal and the UK, and is incredibly passionate about learning. Her professional life has seen her gain a wealth of experience in admin work with her current position being that of account manager. Beliefs and values are something she is very passionate about. Patricia is a mentor that will help you to fight your fights and she is ready to go into battle for you.

Patricia loves to dance and let herself go to the music. She is feisty and fun to be around with an outlook grounded in positivity. Laughter is key for her, with her favourite comedians being Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah. The human brain is a particular fascination, with a keen interest on the ‘why’ behind people’s actions. Family time is her favourite thing and it is important to her to be a role model to her daughters.

Rachel Addison

Areas of experience: mental health issues, surviving and thriving through and after trauma, transitions (moving away from home, leaving Uni, starting new jobs) and loneliness (how to enjoy your own company).

Rachel has come on board hoping to help others with experiences she had to go through alone. She loves her job and admits it can be stressful at times but it pushes her to work harder. When at university she struggled with her mental health and has come up with some great coping mechanisms. Currently our youngest mentor, she is proud of where she has gotten to and would love to support other ambitious young people.

Rachel loves to read (little women is her fav book), spending time with friends, getting to know new people and she is also passionate about charity work.

Laura Steele

Areas of experience: Working in education, using education to further yourself, challenge at work, confidence, motivation and positivity, fitness and health, living and travelling alone, independence, taking on leadership roles, managing conflict, dealing with stress and work life balance.

Laura has 15 years experience of being mentored and is in a great position to pay it forward. Finding the positive is something that she is really keen to support others with, having been through many things in her life she has learned to take on this approach herself and use each experience as a life lesson. Living the independent female dream, she is self supporting, owns her own home and parents a small dog. Having been a primary teacher, then moving into secondary, she now lectures in higher education.

Laura loves to play sports and stay active, spending time with others brings positivity and good vibes but she also enjoys time spent in her own company, especially on travel adventures.

Sian Kinal

Areas of experience: Setting work goals, career, Personal identity, LGBTQ, Friendships, moving to a new area, health, fitness, mental health, mastering and adapting the art of communication and conversation (verbal and non verbal).

Sian has experience mentoring others through her job and is looking forward to supporting a wider community (that’s you!!). She enjoys supporting and empowering others so we know she’ll be a great BTP mentor. She has built her career as a physiotherapist over the last 7 years, although initially unsure of herself she has worked hard to believe in herself. So much so, that she now mentors other physios to achieve their goals. She identifies as a lesbian woman and has been on a journey of learning to love not only herself, but the LGBTQ community. She describes herself as a work in progress and like she says … aren’t we all?

Sian enjoys socialising, being outdoors and trying new things and is looking to conquer solo traveling next. In her own words she is a total nerd at heart and has an interest in comics, gaming, books, TV and films. She also loves to play sport and her newest passion is Roller Derby which she describes as “a sport full of female empowerment and strength.”

Marie Kelleher

Areas of experience: Resilience, business, management, career change, personal development, courage with big decisions, asking for help, reflecting, instilling a positive mindset for success (with health, pain, past, career, personal goals), health and well being, recognising self worth, ‘finding’ yourself, being a single parent.

Marie has done a lot and been through a lot in life. She’d love to pay it forward and share her life lessons with others. She is a single mum of a 14 year old, the owner of a busy sports massage clinic and successfully manages a long term illness. However, before sports massage, Marie ran pubs for 15 years before making the change, for her own health. She shares that she has struggled with her mental health since the age of 18 but has put a lot of work into recognising her triggers and allowing herself the time she needed to heal. Her journey has led her to a place of loving herself and feeling happy with herself.

Marie is a keen netballer, playing 4 times a week in the Loughborough Premier League. Reading is also an interest, especially psychology and mindset books. At the core of her reading is a love of learning.

Joanne McDonald

Areas of experience: social media (marketing yourself and/or your business), business plan development, forming a company, support with becoming more organised, entreprenurial skills, interviewing & CV writing, accepting & adapting to new paths in life, managing university as a mature student, becoming self employed, managing lockdown whilst being self employed

Joanne is an entrepreneur at heart, she is so passionate about it that she wants to help others achieve their dream of doing the same thing. She has a venue styling business and a wedding planning business. Not only this, but Joanne is also about to enter her 3rd year of a management degree. As you can tell, being busy is something she enjoys and time management skills are incredibly important. She is the president of the Entrepreneur society at university and takes a role of mentoring students to explore entrepreneurial routes beyond their degree completion. Having gone through a Princes Trust Course, Joanne receives regular mentoring and values the accountability and sound boarding that comes with it.

Joanne absolutely loves dogs and has recently adopted her own sprocker called Ollie. When she isn’t super busy you’re likely to find her watching a disney film or looking for her next holiday. Technology, in terms of apps and gadgets, are something she loves to try out.

Nabeeda Bakali

Areas of experience: Customer success, time management , getting involved with or starting a social impact related project, working abroad, managing responsibility (family, community, culture), learning how to reflect, goal setting, CV writing, interview skills, creating webinars, how to create and maintain a YouTube channel, tips on blogging, confidence around sharing views, how to get onto a grad scheme, options after uni.

Nabeeda has come on board and she would love to offer some of the support and knowledge that she has received from starting uni to getting onto her graduate scheme. She is bubbly and her enthusiasm is incredibly infectious. Although not the first to go to uni, Nabeeda was the first female in her family to leave home for university and has, through setting such a positive example, allowed other females in her community the ability to follow her path. She has plenty of experience in being mentored, both formally and informally, as well experience in being a mentor. She has been blogging for around 3 years, starting out by recording her experiences of working abroad but progressing into uni experiences and now moving onto more topical blogs around opinion pieces. Spreading her wings further, Nabeeda moved into the world of YouTube and for the last 3 months has been creating content. She is very passionate about mental health, feminism and colourism.

Nabeeda loves to read and she enjoys a bit of romance or a non fiction, something whereby she can escape or learn. She loves a romcom and spending time with people making them laugh. Nabeeda blogs and vlogs and hopes to one day write a book. She loves to travel and is currently learning sign language.

Rewand Bouji-Smith

Areas of experience: Parenthood, career progression, presenting to people, how to cope with toxicity, (people, relationships, conversations) working to change a situation, encouraging self-reflection, using different approaches, managing healthy conversations.

Rewand (Re) is married with 2 young boys, 2 and 5 years old. She has, at times, struggled with mental health. Re is an Account Director at a company that manufactures beauty displays. She loves her job and has had the opportunity to support and coach others at work in a variety of different situations.

Re loves making things and getting creative, especially crafts and gardening.

Sally Needham

Areas of experience: Understanding yourself and others better through the lens of neuroscience with an impact on how then you support relationships, learning and yourself better to have an optimal human experience

Sally is a daughter, sister, aunty and friend. She loves sports, whether that is spectating or taking part. She currently works within the biggest sport in our country, football, where she tutors, coaches, researches and is most curious and intrigued when working with younger players. Sally loves to explore places and experiences and enjoys soaking up what these adventures have to offer. Her favourite colour is green, she loves Italian and Thai food and values every interaction with other human beings.

Rebecca MacDonald

Areas of experience: Finance, parenting, dating, rebuilding your life, time management, confidence building, future planning, problem solving (moving to a new area and finding, reducing isolation), CV writing, recruitment advice, surviving and thriving, managing risks and making big decisions, warning signs of negative relationships, changing career paths, how to build support networks, reconnecting and finding yourself.

Rebecca has joined BTP as a mentor because she ‘wants to empower women to be all they can, starting by being happy and mentally healthy. I’ve spent 4 years working on me and I’m now starting my new and improved story. I have had many battles along the way but my friends and family have helped me through, now I want to give back’. When she says she has had many battles, she has figuratively been to war for the last 4 years and has come out the other side stronger, more self assured and having learned a wealth of life lessons. She really see’s the value in just having someone to talk to about whatever is going on in life. Rebecca is divorced and a single mum to two amazing young children, she is an Estate Agent and has previously been a bank manager. After getting out of a disastrous marriage, she went on to create a facebook group for other single parents to combat loneliness and also help with connecting, either for friendship or romance. 

Rebecca loves to be the life and soul of the party, once the music starts she’ll create herself some space and start throwing some shapes. When she’s not painting the town red, she loves to read. Everything from a romcom to a thriller, and that follows through into her film watching, she loves horror or ghost film. She has recently started delving more into her spirituality and works with crystals to pick up signs. 

Beth Skea

Areas of experience: parenthood, navigating co-parenting, navigating unexpected pregnancy, ‘owning your own shit’, authenticity, how to achieve a masters with a newborn, how to move onto your next step, interview preparation, management skills, having difficult conversations, excel skills for reporting, writing reports.

Beth is ‘keen to help and support others to achieve all they want to accomplish and to flourish in their individual circumstances.’ She is a full time HR manager for an NHS trust as well as a single mother to a boisterous 3 year old boy. She has done her fair share of informal mentoring and was a scout leader for 5 years. Through her scout leading she learned so much about understanding the individual and what makes them tick, we think this will be invaluable in her mentoring. She has seen first hand how community and role modelling makes an impact and she can’t wait to put this into practice in a female oriented setting. Lockdown has been difficult for her but she has found the space to reflect and clarify what her own next steps are, she has been supported in this through her reading and listening of podcasts.

Beth loves self development books and is a keen learner. Her book list/podcast listening list are beyond extensive. She loves the work of Jay Shetty, Tom Bilyeu, Lewis Howes, Brene Brown and Lucy Sheridan (she said, naming a ‘few’).She and her son love the outdoors so are outside in nature as much as possible, stomping through puddles in the rain and picnics and ball games in the sunshine.If they’re not outside, then they’re den building, ready to get cosy with a Disney film. All hail Disney+, it’s given them their fix! In the rare moments she’s not on duty as mummy or working, she likes to get dressed up and hit the bars with her friends throwing shapes to all the 90’s and 00’s classics. Oh, and definitely ask her how her ‘One Tree Hill’ box set revisit is going!

Bev Harnett

Areas of experience: Family issues, disownment, having a LGBTQ child and coming out, miscarriage and dealing with aftermath, parenting, caring for someone with dementia, caring for elderly parents, grief, long term illness, fibromyalgia, parenting with spouse working away

Bev has come on board as a mentor because of a profound pull to give back and help other people. She is a mother to a grown up daughter that identifies as lesbian, a wife to a retired programme manager and above all a great, giving and gracious human being. She has had various battles to fight throughout life; getting married when religions clashed, miscarrying her first child, being disowned by her parents, being diagnosed with a long term illness and seeing the death of a family member cause rupture to the family ties. She has been a fighter for those that need someone in their corner, for her aunt when she struggled with dementia and for her mum, who after coming back into her life, now suffers with ill health. Bev will be a great listener and someone that can impart some wisdom onto what is going on with you. She will admit, she’s still going through her own journey and this only helps her further with supporting someone else.

She enjoys reading, loves an episode or two of Columbo on the TV and is fascinated by people, their stories and their lives, hence a bit of reality TV goes down a treat. Bev is very creative and has created some masterpiece floristry displays which she has used to decorate her house. When she can, she loves to be in the stands of a lioness game or a solid grassroots women’s football game. She loves to connect with friends and family and has a lot of fun when Dolly P the westie, her grand-doggo comes to visit.

Laura Wilkinson

Areas of experience: Developing a positive mental attitude, devising tools and techniques to help with negativity and fear, replacing negativity with positivity, managing change, setting up your own business, being self employed, changing career, managing pressure, being comfortable in your own skin.

Laura is a hypno-birthing teacher and has lots of skills and experience with preparing families for the arrival of their new life and wants to use her skills to help you. She loves to see the change and empowerment in the women that she supports through her job and is more than equipped in helping others to develop a positive mental attitude, as well as helping you to cope with negativity and fear. She is a self employed mum of 3 and is working hard to make a real change in the birth world. Laura has previously had roles in the emergency services answering 999 calls, so she knows how to manage stressful and pressured situations. She has mentored within her job roles for around 13 years and has loved building relationships with her mentees, finding that this then allowed her to adapt her mentoring style when needed.

Laura loves to travel and take little adventures whenever she can. She’s a big fan of food, loves to cook and when going out to eat will head straight for the nearest and best pad thai place. Family time is incredibly important to her, which definitely includes making sure her pup gets out for some much needed walkies. During lockdown she threw herself into Joe Wickes’ 90 day challenge and now loves to exercise for both the physical and mental benefits. 

Krupa Davda

Areas of experience: Being first family member to go to uni, taking care of a disabled family members, finding a balance in life, being independent, helping to support family, learning to love your body, self esteem issues, how to seek therapy, accountancy career advice/ advice on routes into the business world through placements and internships, building courage, setting aspirations and goals, using education to better yourself, moving away from home, taking advantage of opportunities, making the most out of uni, settling into a new place, connecting with self, using self care.

Krupa has looked stereotypes straight in the face and refused to be cowed by them, instead she has stood taller and broken the mould that had been set for her. Because of this experience, and lack of role models throughout her life, she is motivated to give back and offer herself. As someone that has had various life experiences, dusted herself off after rejections and failures as well as appreciated the successes, she feels that she has a lot to offer. She has had lots of mentors throughout her life and is ready to be on the other side of the relationship. A career driven woman who values family time, she has recently qualified as an accountant and loves the client contact element of her work.

Krupa is bubbly, friendly and just loves people. She’s a fan of learning, both professionally and personally, she’s currently trying out vegan baking (we’re awaiting ours in the post). She loves to volunteer and get involved in situations where she can help. Also, she loves a bit of TV and a good book. 

Emily Handyside

Areas of experience: Education, academia, working in sport, fitness and health, travelling, volunteering, leadership, challenge at work, living through trauma and coming out the other side, bereaved by suicide, widowed, grief, mental health issues, relocating, rebuilding life, parenting, personal development

Emily comes to Better Together with a wealth of experience in mentoring and coaching, as well as being a trained mentor/coach developer. Her experience comes from the world of sport and she is a high level netball coach, having coached internationally and won medals at world championships. She feels that ‘women need to have each other’s backs and this seems a great way to do that’. Emily has lived through some of life’s most difficult challenges and has come out the other side and carried on building her life. She received support and is now in such a strong position, she wants to help other women that might be going through or have gone through similar circumstances. She is a new mum, is recently married and hasn’t long moved, so in terms of experiencing change, she’s a pro. She describes herself as ‘a compassionate person with strong morals. I just want everyone to be happy and healthy and the world to be a kind place’.

Emily loves to play netball socially, and as well as being a mum she loves her role as an auntie. She enjoys running recreationally when she can find the time. She once ran a 10k race, which she is very proud of (this gives you an indication of how much she is a fair weather jogger!) and hopes to run one again one day. She occasionally watches TED talks and enjoys listening to podcasts. She has an eclectic taste in music and loves gastro/country pub food. Her fashion sense is casual…she spends her life in trainers so jeans feels like a dress up day! 

Rachel Walsh

Areas of experience: Project Management, people management, one to one life coaching and key working, bid writing, parenting support, domestic abuse support, training and employment support.

Rachel comes to Better Together with a lot of experience in mentoring from previous professional roles. She has run a women’s centre and worked with women that had either offended or were at risk of offending. She has mentored, trained mentors and also undertaken training as a life coach. Her pull to empower, support and guide women is strong and something she is very passionate about, describing herself as ‘being a feminist for many years’. Her support comes with experience, time, lack of judgement and a real will to help.

Rachel is currently guiding her daughter through her teenage years and can often be found getting her nose into a good book. She’s also trying to set up a book club so if you like books and wine and are in the local vicinity, let her know. During lockdown she’s been getting green fingered and growing veggies. Pre-lockdown she enjoyed going to festivals and gigs and loves getting into some punk music.

Helen Bazen

Areas of experience: Account management, building client relationships, wellbeing and resilience, coping with stress and anxiety, career progression (not settling for where you are right now because you know there is more), inspiring confidence, finding that work life balance.

Helen is a super positive, energetic, enthusiastic person who always finds the good in every moment. She would love to be a mentor because she has a tonne of experiences that she is sure would help someone else looking for some support. She has suffered with panic, depression and anxiety for many years but has learnt to manage it.  Helen likes to leave people feeling better about themselves than when they arrived. She has found mentoring opportunities in the workplace previously but is eager to take it outside that environment and get involved with Better Together.

Helen loves to laugh, be outdoors, read and really listen to music (not just the melodies but the words!).  She LOVES creative environments but does not see herself as being a creative person. A bit of a bookworm, she reads a mixture of fiction and self development books. Walking is one of her favourite ways to spend time and she loves to interact with nature and learn all about it. She has been incredibly busy volunteering during lockdown and when one project has come to an end she has found something else to contribute to. 

Rebecca Stanley-Smith

Areas of experience: Post university depression, bullying in the workplace, relationship anxiety and intrusive thoughts after getting married, baby anxiety around getting pregnant, friendship breakups.

Rebecca is very excited to get on board with Better Together, she is a social bean who thrives off people and their energy. She is very passionate about trying to support people and help them to find their purpose and pursue their passion, as well as helping them to identify what their strengths are and what makes them tick. Her undergraduate degree was in English Literature from the University of Sheffield and she went on to complete her MSc at University of Derby in Marketing. On graduating from University in 2012, she found herself back home and a bit lost and purposeless, she was lacking direction and self love. She landed a place at Camp America to work with and support people with a range of disabilities and felt that she learned so much from that experience. Having a variety of experiences in different types of jobs in different sectors, she is now enjoying her role at the council in their PR and Marketing team.

Rebecca is a bubbly and energetic woman, who is about to turn 30 and loves to chat and instill inspiration in people. She is married to a wonderful man called David, they have a cat called Moe and she has a great circle of friends. Her family is very important to her. With a love for travelling and exploring, she was lucky enough to travel the world with Dave when they were younger. To go with the passion of travel, she is also a huge foodie and spends lots of time cooking and looking at recipes, as well as eating out. 

Natasha Adams

Areas of experience: Personal transitions (changing city, dealing with a faith crisis and exiting formal religion, navigating an unplanned pregnancy, dealing with life changing injury and surgical interventions), personal identity (Dealing with shyness, building confidence, being an introvert in an extroverted world, understanding strengths/weaknesses/skills/attributes), mental health, dealing with toxic relationships, supporting friends through trauma, making sustainable choices in a world of consumers. Professional transitions in life (to Uni, work, long hours, care industry), career guidance (working towards professional goals, attending interviews, CV writing), youth work, unemployment.

Nat has done her fair whack of mentoring within her job roles, mainly with young people, and she’s up for the prospect of working with all age ranges. If you want a mentor that instantly feels like a friend, Nat is your gal. She has had a very varied life experience that she has taken time to reflect and learn from, which leads her to her current point where she really gets herself and that is her superpower. This was not discovered overnight, especially when she describes herself as ‘being an introvert in a world built for extroverts’. The last 6 months has thrown a few curveballs Nat’s way, not only has COVID hit, she has also moved up north to Carlisle, become unexpectedly pregnant and found herself out of work. In turning lemons into lemonade, she has decided to pursue her dream of being an illustrator, having just completed illustrating a children’s book and currently working on a business plan to get herself set up.

Nat loves the outdoors and exercise, although a previous sports injury has seen her have to adapt her activity in recent years. As you can imagine, she loves to draw and you can find various examples of her illustrations on her Facebook page. She is a bit of a bookworm and loves to get her head into some crime fiction and when she can, she’ll test the grey matter by playing strategic board games with friends.

Rachel Barsby-Robinson

Areas of experience: Nursery, education, small business, start ups, digital skills, marketing, recruitment , apprenticeships, foreign languages, event management, differentiating yourself from the employment crowd, presenting yourself in the right light, navigating transition from corporate to owner of small business  

Rachel has become a part of Better Together as she is a ‘big believer in women believing in themselves, as well as being able starting their own businesses’. She has a wealth of experience in different fields, from her previous role in events management to currently owning a nursery. She runs a team of 12 people that is 100% female at the moment and therefore comes with experience of working with and supporting women at work. She is a parent, wife, business owner and is also multi-lingual. Upon leaving Uni, she moved to France and lived there for 5 years before taking a chance, leaving a promising career behind her, to come back to England and see what life here had to offer her. Rachel is a woman ready and able to take risks.

Rachel, in line with her love of languages, also has a passion for travelling and gaining further understanding of different cultures. She describes herself as being a foodie and loves eating out, cooking and exploring different wines. When she gets the chance, she loves to roll out the mat and get down to some yoga, but with an 18month old and a busy business, she doesn’t get as much time as she’d like.

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