Business Leaders Confirmed for 2019
Sophie is the founder of Bays Consulting, a micro company that loves telling stories, but not just any stories; ones in which the plots and characters are hidden in data and written in maths. Having trained as an engineer, she spent her early working career literally living her dream of working with aeroplanes. It was this role that sparked an interest in probability, leading to eight years of part-time study to gain a PhD in Bayesian Networks and the rest of her career working in statistics and analytics. Sophie never really had a defined career plan but has enjoyed finding really interesting projects to work on. One defining aspect of her life and career has been to avoid actually being on the water as she gets seasick on the ferry to France. Starting out as a complete novice of a sailor, her husband and children encouraged her to join leading lights to see if she can overcome the sickness and develop a love of being on the water, equivalent to that of being in the water (Sophie is an avid swimmer). Having worked in teams all her life, Sophie is putting her faith in the crew spirit on-board the ship will help everyone achieve their best.
Tony works as a Leadership development trainer/facilitator/speaker and does regular work with some the UK’s most prominent companies. He also works regularly with the NHS Leadership academy which he particularly enjoys as the people there really care about what they do. He gained his own management and leadership experience working in food manufacturing, and still retains a lot of useless information about the mass production of biscuits and cakes! Throughout his working life Tony has been passionate about personal development (including his own) and has regularly been a coach and mentor to others both inside and outside of work.Although he loves the outdoors and lists Skiing, Cycling and Hiking amongst his most favourite things, Tony has no sailing experience and is hoping he can find his sea legs pretty quickly and without too much pain!
Tony is looking forward to the sailing challenge and the challenge of using his own varied and numerous life experiences, to help others move onwards and upwards!
Natalie moved to London when she was 18 and begun working as a Legal Secretary. She soon realised that she wanted to become more involved in the law, and considered whether she could become a solicitor. At the age of 24, with the support of family and friends, she handed in her notice and begun a full time Law degree in London. After graduating Natalie worked in both Criminal law and Residential Conveyancing. In 2014 Natalie moved to the office in Battle and became a Partner in 2016. Since September 2017 she is now a Practice Group Leader for the Residential Conveyancing Department.
“Throughout my working life I have mentored and trained a number of employees, both administrative staff and trainee solicitors as I feel it’s important to help others achieve their goals and to support them in doing that.
I am both honoured and excited to be involved with the Ormiston Trust and the maiden voyage of The Prolific and mentoring young people both during the voyage and continuing to do so thereafter. It will not only be a great experience but potentially life-changing for all of us involved.”
Details of additional mentors coming soon.