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Peer Stories

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

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

"My best opportunities have come through my existing networks. If you look at LinkedIn it’s incredible the people you know"

David Morley
Former senior partner at Allen & Overy; chair, Elaghmore Partners and A&O leadership centre; and leadership consultant

"Campaigning to change something you believe in is very, very worthwhile"

John Watson
Former MP and headhunter, now campaigning with British Humanist Society and My Death, My Decision

"The biggest challenge is prioritising themselves and dealing with a blank sheet. It’s too easy to say ‘I’ll think about that later’ – but that will be way too late."

Jo Cochrane
Transition coach

"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