NextAdvisor Niamh Corbett: Helping The Next Generation Of Female Entrepreneurs

Niamh is on the Steering Committee of The 30% Club, and sits on the Global Advisory Board of AstiaNiamh Corbett is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.

Niamh is a Steering Committee Member of the 30% Club; a cross business initiative originally aimed at achieving 30% women on corporate boards by 2015, but now with a widened focus on developing female talent at all levels, through voluntary, business-led change. She is particularly involved in the 30% Club’s social media profile. She has also written on topics related to women in business for industry and national publications and speaks regularly at conferences and events.

Niamh started her career in banking at Arbuthnot Securities where she focused on raising VC funding for and advising and listing early stage high growth companies. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 and is currently a Vice President in their Equity Capital Markets division in London, advising FTSE 100 companies on their market interactions.

Niamh also sits on the Global Advisory Board of Astia – a not-for-profit organisation committed to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of high-potential, high-growth, women-led startups worldwide.

Niamh is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

TNW: Tell us about your current role/venture. What’s at the top of your mind with regard to your business?

NC: I have several ‘hats’. My day job is in investment banking, where I have advised companies ranging from early-stage high-growth start-ups to more established global firms on their interactions with the market and with their shareholders. I am on the Steering Committee of The 30% Club, which aims to increase the number of women in business, and also sit on the Global Advisory Board of Astia, an organisation focusing on accelerating the funding and growth of high-potential, high-growth, women-led startups worldwide.

TNW: Which business topics are you most interested in providing advice on?

NC: I write and speak a lot on the broader topic of women in business, particularly Millennials and female entrepreneurs.

TNW: How should a NextAdvisee approach their relationship with you, to get the best out of you?

NC:

It's always helpful to have a clear idea of the questions you want answering or any issue you would like advice on, and to articulate it well.

Other than that, to be open and to be honest.

TNW: What do you see as the benefits of an advice relationship, for the advisor?

NC: The opportunity to hear first-hand what is going on in industries you may not know a lot about.

Also to learn new ways of how you can use your skills and experience to help other people.

TNW: Do you currently have a mentor?

NC: There have been many women who have helped and mentored me during my career – some of them I have worked with, others I have met through work.

I think that’s why it’s so important to have more senior women in business – so that they can help the next generation coming through.

TNW: Which business matters have you most needed advice on during your career?

NC: For me it has been more about the direction my career has taken rather than particular business matters.

TNW: What is the most useful lesson you have learned from a mentor?

NC: To be clear about what you want and to know when it is appropriate to ask for it.

Also, to help other people. I am a big believer in ‘passing it on’.

TNW: Who would be your dream mentor in a fantasy world (they can be living or a historical figure)?

NC: I think Coco Chanel would have been fantastic – the original female entrepreneur!

Niamh is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

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