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.
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.
Janet has worked in career transition for over 15 years, providing a service to corporates and English-speaking individuals from various international markets. In addition to supporting Next-Up clients, Janet runs her own business, The CV House Ltd. Her background is in Human Resources, initially with Ford Motor Company in a variety of roles and latterly in financial services.
Trevor, former partner at Accenture and EY, helps design and deliver workshops for partners of professional firms – building on his own experience of unretirement. A former Board Director of Scottish Opera and Treasurer of Gerrards Cross Golf Club, Trevor is a qualified coach and runs his own career counselling business, Ovalway Consulting.
Former partner with Womble Bond Dickinson and a leading figure in the Leeds property business scene, including roles with Opera North and the Chamber of Commerce, Paula is now non-executive director with Palace Capital plc and a qualified coach with her own practice. Paula works with Next-Up to share her experience of unretirement with partners in professional firms.
Caroline works as a strategic consultant supporting Next-Up to reach out, manage and develop client relationships. She has successfully unretired after over 25 years as Marketing Director at a corporate law firm and blends a mix of voluntary directorships with running her own marketing business. Caroline is Chairman of the Income Generation Committee at Kirkwood Hospice, and a trustee at Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Maggie’s.
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.
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
consultant; former company director; trustee
FTSE ceo mentor, former FTSE non-executive director, international speaker on technology/AI, author & blogger
partner, RSM UK
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
business growth consultant & magistrate
former senior manager, Leeds City Council; coach; trustee
chief executive, Corporate Faculty; and former head of executive programmes, Ashridge Business School
former partner; Eversheds; business angel and start-up mentor
chair, York CVS; interim director, communications consultant & mentor
Professor Nigel Lockett
professor of entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School, community leader & entrepreneur
Newton Prize project director, UNESCO; trustee at Carers’ Resource and Remap
chief executive, Eureka! The National Children's Museum
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
founder, The Perfect Fit, USA
founder, Fleek Marketing
founder & MD, Virgin Publishing; founder One Alfred Place club; founder What’s Next for You