Sue Moorcroft proves that it is possible to follow your dream and carve a career out of your passion. She is a writer of novels, 'how to' books, short stories, serials, articles and columns. In addition she is a creative writing tutor and competition judge. Sue is a long-serving committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and was the Winner of the Festival of Romance - Best Romantic Read 2011.
Sue was born in Monchengladbach, Germany into an army family, and her childhood included living in Cyprus and Malta, as well as the UK. Before becoming a writer, she worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper, for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter.
As a writer, Sue represents a different kind of 'expert' for The NextWomen and to celebrate my new role as Editor, I couldn't resist interviewing one of my personal female heroes.
As a self-confessed bookworm and lover of Sue’s writing, I was thrilled to get the chance to ask her about her journey so far, the challenges of the publishing industry, and what the future holds.
Elaine Haines is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.
Elaine is an experienced senior manager/Director with over 25 years in commercial and/or marketing led positions, with a proven ability to rapidly analyse businesses and markets in order to identify opportunities for new revenue streams, clients and business development initiatives.
Her experience includes defining and implementing business growth strategies for SMEs and ‘blue-chip’ corporates, including raising venture finance and writing Sales Prospectus. In addition to growing alliances and partnerships to sell technology directly and indirectly to both SMEs and global corporates, Elaine has worked with senior partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Founders of high growth start-ups.
She has held positions with responsibility for Sales and Marketing, Operations, HR and Commercial Development through strategic acquisition. In her development work she draws on the skills and experience of Consulting Women and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Elaine is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.
As part of our interview series with the female heroes of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) we spoke to Senior Management Professional Christine Pans.
Christine is currently one of four General Managers working for Vluchtelingenwerk Oost Nederland - the Dutch Council of Refugees East Netherlands. She manages a team of 15 professionals and approximately 400 volunteers and is responsible for the acquisition of new projects, including fundraising.
Christine spent more than a decade working for large, multinational corporates focussing on operational strategy before taking a two year sabbatical. During this time she enrolled as a student at the BodyMind Institute and gained valuable insights into personal drives and motivations both of herself and others. She also worked as a volunteer at Hospice Vier Vogels Rotterdam before joining Vluchtelingenwerk Oost Nederland in 2009.
Christina Vaughan is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.
Christina, Image Source’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, brings more than 22 years of experience in the creation, distribution and marketing of commercial imagery to Image Source, the company that she founded in 1999.
Vaughan set up the business on her own and it has grown today into the world’s leading independent stock photography agency, trading through a network of more than 200 photo agencies in over 80 countries as well as direct sales in the UK, USA and Germany. Image Source recently acquired Cultura Creative.
Christina has extensive experience as a panellist and industry commentator and has played an active role in leadership and direction within several industry trade bodies including PACA, ASPP and BAPLA. She has just stepped down as President of the European Photography Trade organisation, CEPIC, having served for 4 years in which CEPIC raised its profile and EU lobbying level as well as becoming the defacto centre of the picture industry.
Christina is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.
Michelle Wright trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle founded award winning third sector organisational development and fundraising enterprise Cause4 in 2009 after leaving the London Symphony Orchestra, where her achievements in private sector fundraising led to her being judged the Best Upcoming Fundraiser at the National Fundraising Awards in 2008.
Michelle was the winner of the female entrepreneur category in the Natwest Startup awards 2011 and is a top 10 winner in the Ernst and Young Future 100 awards 2011 for entrepreneurs under 35 that demonstrate innovation in progressing a responsible business venture. She is a silver award winner in the 2012 international Stevie Awards for female innovator of the year and was invited in 2013 to become an Accelerate 250 member in recognition of the UK's top growing businesses.
Michelle is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.
Paul Grant is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.
Paul is an experienced entrepreneur, business coach and speaker, who started his entrepreneurial journey by founding a company offerering London-wide catering to the corporate and retail markets. From there, Paul has launched several businesses and helped many more entrepreneurs build high growth companies.
Paul has previously been involved with the investment community, building a network of over 500 business angels at Capital Partners Private Equity.
More recently as founder of "The Funding Game" and a partner of the British Library IP and Business Centre, Paul holds regular workshops which offer a practical approach for entrepreneurs seeking capital for early-stage and growing ventures.
Paul's passion is playing a part in helping other entrepreneurs enjoy the ride in launching and running their own successful businesses.
Paul is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.
The second half of our interview with Dianne Bevelander, the Associate Dean, MBA Programs at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Dianne is a true female hero who campaigns tirelessly for female empowerment and equality. Read the first part of the interview here.
Dianne has held several successful strategic leadership positions and is currently responsible for a multi-million euro revenue portfolio. Her international experience spans the globe, with successful recruitment initiatives and strategic alliances on every continent. She is a member of the Executive Management Committee of RSM.
Dianne teaches personal leadership development at RSM and at various other Business Schools internationally. Primary research interests relate to management education, social network theory and the development of human capital with particular emphasis on the career development of professional women. Leading through innovation, Dianne designed a Women's only elective at RSM focusing on the empowerment of women aspiring to leadership roles using the mountain (Mt Kilimanjaro) as an outside classroom, and as a metaphor for business.
Therese S Kinal is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme. Therese is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unleash, a disruptive innovator in the management education and consulting industry.
She has experience working across a broad range of industries, including professional services, healthcare, FMCG, retail and fashion, IT, property development and education.
She is the co-author of Unleashing: The Future of Work and works with clients on a range of management issues, including: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Future of Organisations, Leadership Development, Organisational Change, Adaptive Strategy Execution, Living Brand and Complex Problem Solving etc.
Therese is listed in Management Today's 35 Women Under 35 2013.
Therese is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.
Sophie Neary is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.
Sophie is a veteran Internet entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in high growth start ups and major blue chips. She was on the management team of JCP, acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2000 and a founding director of the award winning BeatThatQuote.com, acquired by Google in 2011.
Sophie first started working with Internet platforms and services in 1995 when she was part of the team to launch Reuters’ first ever internet products.
After stepping back from her day-to-day role at BeatThatQuote (where she oversaw the development and roll out of the platform and looked after the marketing which resulted in BTQ beating Facebook to be the fastest growing website in the UK in 2007), Sophie became a freelance consultant.