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Peer Stories

Inspirational, informative and always insightful stories from people using their skills in 'unretirement'

"It’s best to be niche about who you are coaching – and the best opportunities are from your network"

Bill Henry
Former PwC partner; coach, chair and non-executive director

"There are multiple options for people when leaving corporate life"

Clare Woodcraft
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Cambridge Judge Business School

"Retirement is a new beginning"

Jacquie Doucette
Podcast host, Beyond Retirement

"I realised I wanted to help inner city kids through arts education. I was one of those kids and art got me off a bad life path, and gave me confidence and helped me to get to college and later law school"

Mark Shaiken
Former bankrupty attorney and author of and ...just like that: essays on a life before and after the law

“The perspective, support and challenge brought by a mentor with an entire career’s worth of experience is invaluable and can absolutely change your future”

Gemma Smith
Founder, OmniProtect

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"If you want to pursue your own dreams, leave your ‘Golden Gates’ of corporate life and jump into the big ocean"

Gilbert Van fraeyenhoven
EY Belgium partner alumnus

"Having a trusted individual(s) as a sounding board to bounce ideas with can lead to focus and clarity"

Ansar Rahman
Founder, Atelier Rahman

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"The advice I’ve had from the Next-Up mentoring site is of a much a higher and specific quality to what I’ve had before"

Adam McNichol
Founder, Well Good

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Lisa Reading signed up to the Next-Up 500 mentors website to offer her help as a mentor, this case study is the perfect example of a generous and fantastic mentor making a difference. 


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"Putting on an art exhibition was terrifying - but gave me external recognition"

Oliver Barnes
Former lawyer and artist