WAVE Announces Mentees And Mentors For Its Leading Mentoring Scheme

Women in AV are pleased to reveal its mentees and mentors for the first mentoring scheme for women in the AV industry.

Women in AV are pleased to reveal its mentees and mentors for the first mentoring scheme for women in the AV industry. The programme will see experienced leaders from the industry guide 19 women at varying levels of seniority, offering their expertise, knowledge and support.

The six month programme has three main strands: a monthly session with a mentor; a monthly meet up with fellow mentees where they present on their part of the AV sector and thirdly additional networking events and workshops with guest speakers.

“The WAVE mentoring scheme is a step change in encouraging individuals to strive to become better at what they do but also supporting them in promoting diversity in their workplace,” comments Abigail Brown, who has led the WAVE UK group since 2014, alongside running her own recruitment business, Openingz.com. “We are so pleased with the number of people who applied for the scheme and are thrilled to be able to offer our mentees the experts that have signed up. We know that this is going to be a great programme and look forward to supporting the AV sector.”

The mentees are as follows:

  • Anne Howard, Client Support Manager at CSL Integration
  • Barbora Kocurekova, Marketing Manager at ISE
  • Becky Pasifull, Purchasing and Sales Admin Manager at CDEC
  • Beth Glennister, Supplier, Quality and Management Coordinator at Pacific
  • Cassie Stuckey, Head of Sales at Solutions AV
  • Christina Zamora Tellez, Supply Chain Leader at Lutron
  • Emma Bigg, Director and Project Management Consultant at Octaviusre
  • Esther Grove, Managing Director at BrightSys
  • Faye Patterson, Audio Visual Coordinator at Kaleidovision
  • Honey Tavakoli, Reseller Account Manager at LG Electronics
  • Hannah Davies, Business Development Account Executive at Inspire AV
  • Jemma Zlydneva, European Technical Support Specialist at Biamp Systems
  • Jessica Archibald, Business Development Account Executive at Damson Global
  • Liz Barnes, Channel Manager at Promethean
  • Louise Walmsley, Internal Account Manager at Promethean
  • Natalie Barnett, FEHE Sales Support at CDEC
  • Sammi Bews, Sales Manager at Pacific
  • Sally Castro, Project & Support Engineer at Engage Works
  • Stephanie Bagbila, Distribution Account Executive at Sharp

The mentors are as follows:

  • Ann Pickard, Group Service Director at Visavvi
  • Adam Harvey, Solution Architect for AV & Digital Media at University of Hertfordshire
  • Amy Cronshaw, Senior Consultant at MACOM GMBH (UK)
  • Angela Townsend, Director of Channel Sales at SMART Technologies
  • Birgit Jackson, Commercial Director at Sharp Visual Solutions Europe
  • Caroline Britt, Managing Director at RGB Communications
  • Caroline Carter, AV Manager at Imperial College London
  • Daniel Lee, Managing Director at Hewshott International
  • Denise O’Keeffe, Director at Woopjobs
  • Helen Sheldrake, Channel Sales Manager at NEC Display Solutions Europe
  • Hilary Harris, Founder at Hilary Harris (Talent Management Consulting)
  • Lesley Da Costa, Chief Operating Officer at infiLED EM International
  • Louise Mahhra, Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Microsoft
  • Martine Dodwell-Bennett, Director of Sales Operations at Lutron Electronics
  • Naina Taylor, Sales Manager at Midwich
  • Nicki Fisher, Director of EMEA Sales at Clear-Com
  • Sadie Groom, Managing Director at Bubble Agency
  • Sid Stanely, General Manager at Calrec Audio
  • Toni Moss, Managing Director at CDEC


The Women in AV community, originally founded by Jennifer Willard in the US, and overseen by Abi Brown in the UK since September 2014 (with the assistance of Pat Deeley among others) was created to educate, support and inspire women across the AV industry through collaboration, networking and mentoring opportunities.  Through the generous support of organisations who are involved with AV, home automation, technology, broadcast and more, we hold events throughout the year which encourage our members to get together.  Over the past four years our meetings have increasingly grown in size and we’ve attracted attendees from a range of positions, including Managing Directors, Sales Directors, Marketing/PR, Business Developers, Technical Engineers, Operations, Project & Service Delivery plus Finance and general support.

Membership to WAVE is free and details are available here: http://womeninavuk.com/

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