our mentor team









My name is Nanine, I am 23 years old and am a recent graduate. I obtained a Bsc in Psychology at Brunel University in 2018. During that time, I had the pleasure of being involved with a number of charities, including supporting victims of crime. I am experienced in mentoring and supporting vulnerable adults and children, individuals with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. 

I currently work in a niche market of technology. I work as a specialist in facial recognition and biometric documents, for a digital identity platform. Alongside this, I am an aspiring entrepreneur, who is currently in the works of starting a business. 

I am a sports enthusiast, who likes to take on crazy challenges for charities such as half marathons. I fundraise and help to raise awareness for charities and what they stand for. To date, I have completed challenges for Lennox childrens cancer trust, meningitis research, Anthony Nolan, Macmillan and Mencap.



I began my working life, aged 16, at a Medical Product manufacturer where I held a variety of positions over 11 years, mainly in customer service based roles.  After being made redundant I took on a Customer Care role in the security industry and spent 8 years working in Job Centre’s and other Government buildings.  

My dream was to work in the hospitality industry and in 2010 took the opportunity of a Night Porter role at a newly opening hotel and spa.  I have been at Lifehouse spa & hotel ever since.  During my time here I have progressed up the ranks from Night Porter to Night Manager, then switched to the Finance team, working my way up to Finance Director.  In February 2019 I was promoted once again to Finance and Operations Director which now means I hold overall responsibility for the hotel and spa.  

Whilst working at Lifehouse I have completed an ILM level 4 Leadership and Management apprenticeship and for the last 2 years have been studying towards my Charted Institute of Management Accounting qualification.  I have been mentored in my role my the owner of the business and feel that this is a fantastic way of learning the skills you need within the workplace.



I have been in banking for 30+ years and now lead a team of business managers across an area that runs from Clacton to Diss, we typically look after business with a turnover of £400k-£5m and have varying types of business. I have worked within personal banking and also been a ‘traditional’ branch manager over the time of my career. I was born and raised in Clacton and have spent most of my working life in North Essex & Suffolk.



My name is David and through a varied career path I have amassed a variety of life skills which I am confident with aid me in the mentoring program we have embarked upon with UE. After leaving school I working on a YTS scheme at Marconi Communication in Chelmsford which I love as we cover all aspects of the business. These ranged from the drawing school through to working on the lathes and milling machines and later to electroplating and inspection offers to check the military grade PCB boards. Sadly there was no job offering at the end of the process and after leaving the program I found myself taking a number of roles that weren't planned.

The vast majority of my working life, however, has been sales focused and business development has been an area where I have found the greatest success. Since 2007 I worked in the online marketing sector for a number of Website companies covering a range of services such as web design, SEO, Paid Search and UX. In recent years I branched out becoming a partner in a website business based in Colchester where I handled the new business and customer management side of the business. I recently took up a new challenge working with Pull Not Push a revolution in selling (for people who hate it!) as part of the delivery team and along with Lisa Ansell the author of this engaging sales methodology that will change the way you arrive a sale. Please take some time to check out the website, as it just might be the smartest thing you’ve done in a while! 



I am married to my husband Andy and we have two children (both girls and not really children anymore) plus my dog Zoey and my father in law also lives with us. I like socialising, baking and I am very artistic and love making things, always good to have when your youngest daughter does not like art at school.

I am a Barclays Business Manager covering Colchester and all of the Tendring area from Manningtree right up to Harwich and Dovercourt to Clacton. I have been in banking since 1989 when I first joined Barclays then back in 2007 I left due to redundancy, I then went to work for RBS/NatWest which I was working in the private banking team for a short time in London then I moved into a Business manager role in Braintree back in 2008 where I trained. In 2016 I was again made redundant from NatWest. I did around 10 months working for a fuel card company but this was all cold calling and not really my ideal job. Then I re-joined Barclays back in 2017 as a Business Manager which I am now looking after around 120 businesses customers and looking to expand my services to other non-Barclays customers who turnover over £400k and above.



I am known to be a highly motivated and positive individual and I love to take on a challenge. I am an active member of the business banking team but also capable of working on my own. I use my knowledge and skills to coach and develop individuals to maximize their success. . I pride myself on helping others, whether in the business or personally and like to think I offer well-rounded knowledge to all those I help. I am a marathon runner and love keeping fit. If I am not running, I am running around after my two children.



James is an independent business owner. James is creative and enjoys music and performing arts. James has teaching experience. 



My name is Bea Marshall and I am a life coach based in Colchester.  I help people work through whatever is blocking them from being their best selves. I specialise in people suffering from feeling overwhelmed as well as working in the transgender community.



I have worked in the Hospitality & Travel industry for over 20 years. I started out as a Receptionist for a 3 star hotel, and have made my way through the ranks to my current role as a Director of Revenue & Sales at Lifehouse Spa & Hotel. Bringing over 50,000 Overnight and Day spa guests each year to our Resort, some of my responsibilities include leading the Reservations, Scheduling, Meetings, Events and Sales teams, Rooms & Spa Days pricing strategy and working closely with all other departments to maximise overall revenue. Throughout my career, I have worked with some great people who have inspired me to do better and achieve more, and I would like nothing more than to pass this on to others. My biggest moments have included reaching the finals for the Hotel and Caterer - Revenue Manager of the Year, gaining my ILM Level 4 in Leadership and Management, and joining as pre-opening team for lifehouse – being part of growing a successful business is a real achievement. I live with my Partner Antony, two cats and a bearded Dragon called Cilla. I love nothing more than escaping to the countryside and exploring the outdoors.



Founded in 2017 by owner Georgia, Little Blue Events Co is a creative events agency turning business events into something extraordinary.

At our HQ in Colchester, we handle everything  from creation to management for events in Essex, Suffolk and beyond. For us, its about giving any size business, with any size budget access to an innovative agency who can help grow your company through the power of events. Working on the basis that every business, and every owner of a business is completely unique, we get to the heart of what your brand is all about and create a bespoke experience for you and your clients. 

From launches of new businesses or products to promotion of your company, we know that events are (or should be!) a key part of your marketing strategy, and our job is to make sure that you have an event which accurately reflects who you are as a business, and wows your target audience. We take run of the mill, and often outdated ideas about what events for businesses should be, and turn them into unique, bespoke, quirky and exciting experiences to make your company a name everybody is talking about.

Georgia supports our enterprise challenge project supporting young people to plan and deliver a range of events and learn enterprise skills. 



Having worked in the Construction industry for over 20 years, I have a broad experience of project management and mentoring people to get the most from their strengths.

I have managed small businesses and also worked in companies turning over in excess of £1bn. Around 7 years ago I set up my own small business offering consultancy services to construction companies. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of prestigious projects including a new Critical Care Unit at Kings College Hospital, the new Civic Centre in Hounslow and most recently, the new Arrivals Terminal at Stansted Airport.

I’m passionate about learning and development and have a degree in Engineering and Masters in Project Management. A discovery of mine is that academic skills are best balanced with skills that are useful when working with people. I’ve also studied NLP and mindfulness practice for my personal development. 

I mentored a Young Enterprise company several years ago and it’s time to show my support to the next generation in Colchester.

I moved to Colchester with my wife and youngest daughter in 2017.