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Peer Stories

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

"I finally had space in my life to make the dream a reality"

Jane Stageman
Gender and social inclusion advisor and coach

"Networking, networking, networking – it’s still the most important way to get non-executive director roles"

Kit Bingham
Partner and head of chair and non-executive director practice at Odgers Berndston

Omar is delighted  that his professional relationship with the mentors of the Next-Up platform has continued, “They are some of my biggest supporters assisting me in all areas”.  

Omar Bahadur
CEO & Founder Faraday Drinks Ltd

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"Keep it simple. The combination of family, B&B and painting really works for me"

Kate Christie
Owner Westbourne House, Cowes B&B and artist (Kate Christie painting)

"You have to do pro bono work in return for experience"

Nick Bacon
Former EY/KPMG partner partner shares his mixed emotions; how he prepared and excitement for the future

"You are totally client focused, which I really enjoy. And if the sun shines, you enjoy it – there is no presenteeism or time on management"

Rob Eldridge
Former partner with Berwin Leighton Paisner on the benefits and enjoyment of joining Keystone Law

"When you leave a firm and become a non-exec, adviser or whatever – you have to start dealing with an enormous breadth of issues. Mentoring entrepreneurs really helps to get into a different mindset"

Stuart Watson
Former partner EY and non-executive director, audit committee chair at Clipper Logistics plc

Steph Varley can’t believe how much help, advice, support and contacts she has been given through the Next-Up mentoring site.  

Steph Varley
Founder and Director of INC360 CIC and Executive Assistant at The Data Shed

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"No-one should assume it is easy to get roles. It is very competitive and it doesn’t happen without networks and planning"

Mark Chidley
Former DLA Piper partner, member Financial Services Consumer Panel and Financial Services consultant

"I realised there was an opportunity. There is enormous satisfaction in building a global brand"

Ian Franklin
Founder and group ceo, Stickfest – global talent mapping and search for Family Offices