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Meet the Next-Up Team

The people helping you to unlock the next opportunity and shape your 'unretirement'

Next-Up helps anyone over 50 who doesn't want another mainstream job. We support organisations with a range of services for employees/partners as well as individuals themselves.

A key focus of the business is inspiring people with new ideas and sharing experiences and tips of peers who have created another career and purpose in their 'unretirement'. Through webinars, events, guides and videos, community groups, mentoring and practical support, everyone can work out what is right for them and then make it happen.


Victoria Tomlinson

Founder & CEO

A former director of EY, Victoria Tomlinson is CEO of Next-Up and Northern Lights, which she founded in 1990. International speaker, BBC expert woman and Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University, she has held a number of non-executive and trustee roles.



Head of Client Success

Sue works at the forefront of Next-Up and ensures client success by helping members with their online profiles and practical support with technology! In addition Sue closely monitors digital trends and opportunities and provides general office assistance and event organisation.



Head of Operations

Sandy is responsible for the smooth running of the business including managing the office, providing project support and preparing accounts and budgets. In addition to being the first point of contact for many, her role at Next-Up is also helping with the organisation of events, booking processes and general member liaison and support.

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Strategic Adviser

Lorraine is passionate about helping people make the most of their lives after retirement. After an outstanding public service career, most recently as Chief Officer HR at Leeds City Council, Lorraine is now helping Next-Up shape services for the public sector to improve the mental health and well-being of people in later life.


Our Advisory Board

We are extremely grateful to a number of people who have generously given time, feedback and ideas to help us shape Next-Up for our audience – they make up an informal advisory board to us.
Next-Up Advisory Board
The Next-Up team with three of their advisory board
Ajaz Ahmed BEM
founder, Freeserve; business adviser; advisory board at University of Huddersfield Business School

Liz Bingham OBE
former EY managing partner; consultant; coach; speaker

Bernadette Byrne
consultant; former company director; trustee

Pat Chapman-Pincher
FTSE ceo mentor, former FTSE non-executive director, international speaker on technology/AI, author & blogger
Victoria Craven
partner, RSM UK

Richard Firth
former director of education businesses, consultant & charity trustee

Jan Fletcher OBE
entrepreneur and businesswoman; chairman of Bee Health, Rougemont Estates, Raven St John & Bacara Wealth

Jo Fletcher-Lee
business growth consultant & magistrate
Cath Follin
former senior manager, Leeds City Council; coach; trustee

Julie Gray
chief executive, Corporate Faculty; and former head of executive programmes, Ashridge Business School

Julian Horrocks
former partner; Eversheds; business angel and start-up mentor

Jane Hustwit
chair, York CVS; interim director, communications consultant & mentor

Professor Nigel Lockett
professor of entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School, community leader & entrepreneur

Carol Rennard
communications consultant & charity trustee

Sarah Shaw
Newton Prize project director, UNESCO; trustee at Carers’ Resource and Remap

Leigh-Anne Stradeski
chief executive, Eureka! The National Children's Museum

Jon Woolmore
former chief executive; coach, mentor and consultant in health, social care & mental health
And our thanks also to the following who have generously given advice and ideas on specific issues, including technology start-ups!

Emma Jones MBE
founder, Enterprise Nation & small business Crown Representative
Nancy Keene
founder, The Perfect Fit, USA
Jonny Ross
founder, Fleek Marketing

Rob Shreeve
founder & MD, Virgin Publishing; founder One Alfred Place club; founder What’s Next for You

Vicky Wilson
senior marketing manager, Amazon