The Horizon Mentoring Scheme has been researched and developed by a team of WiMUK Volunteers, who make up the Horizon Coordinators Team.
"My Name is Laura Edwards and I am a Marketing Executive for an organisation called AAT, an accountancy qualification and membership body. I first saw the benefits of mentoring when studying at Lancaster University in 2009. The Careers Centre there piloted a new Mentoring Scheme to help its students connect with professionals in preparation for their gradate careers. I applied for a place on the pilot and was one of the lucky few to be selected. The scheme ran officially for nine months but the connections I made during the programme still influence my personal development now. My job as a Marketing Executive at AAT is directly linked to WIMUK member, Pam Dyson, who I had networked with on the scheme. My own successes through mentoring inspired me to help other women with the same ambitions."
Kimberley Bingham has worked in central Government for 20 years, with most of that time spent in the Home Office. She has developed policy and legislation on issues including juvenile offending, race equality and anti-social behaviour.
She is currently the Head of Strategy for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). She has experience as a mentor with the National Mentoring Consortium and as a mentee both at the Home Office and in Acas.
Kimberley has an MSc in Human Resource Development and is a Fellow of the CMI.
Karen is particularly interested in the education and training of people in all positions, developing their capacities as “reflective practitioners”, facilitating the integration of knowledge, skills and personal awareness to enhance performance in their professional roles.
Karen is equipped with over 25 years experience and expertise in the skills, learning and employment sector. With a background in banking and qualified to MBA level, her capabilities reflect leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Karen has experience of running her own business, Company Board Member, college lecturer, trainer, NVQ assessor and executive coach. Karen is passionate about learning and encouraging others to reach their full potential both in their professional and personal pursuits. She is a member of WiM, Women’s Ambassador for the enterprising women’s network, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and has recently been invited to be a CMI Ambassador.
Karen is currently undertaking her PhD focusing on Partnership working to deliver lifelong learning within the public sector and continues to work closely with Skills Partners as part of her research focus.
Karen also has an extensive background, interest and understanding of the key ideas, writers and research in management, leadership, coaching, mentoring and related fields, and a talent for presenting complex ideas in a concise and engaging manner. Her particular area of interest and research is the importance of the relationship in professional settings.
This approach is based in a profound belief in people and their capacity for development and change. Her coaching and mentoring experience includes successfully setting up and running a number of programmes for staff of all levels. Karen is a member of the EMCC and the Institute of Learning and is committed to ensuring that all training programmes she delivers are of the highest possible standard.
It has been my desire to have a Women In Management UK national mentoring scheme for several years. It is wonderful that we have finally been able to complete our work on this project. There have been many attempts over the years and I would like to thank the many WIMUK volunteers who have come to work together, over its many stages, to make it happen.
We hope that our members, initially, and our many friends and supporters will benefit from the programme and find it valuable.