Jackie Mulligan, Director of Enterprise at the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University has been named as one of 12 mentors for a national career scheme.

The initiative, known as Fast Forward 15 (FF15), has been designed to nurture, develop and inspire the event and hospitality industry’s most talented rising female stars. After a formal application and interview process, 15 candidates will be announced at a launch lunch at London’s Savoy Hotel on Friday 20 March.

Jackie, who is a Principal Lecturer for Enterprise within the UK Centre for Events Management in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett, has been selected as one of 12 industry experts to mentor the chosen candidates.

She commented: ““I am delighted to be working with industry stakeholders to help to both address the gender imbalance and to make the most of the talent in the events industry.”

The free, not-for-profit scheme was launched at The Rosewood London hotel last week. FF15 is unique to the event and hospitality industry.

For more information please visit: www.fastforward15.co.uk/