Meet the Mentors

Angharad Evans

Angharad is a solicitor working as a consultant with Acuity Law, a law firm in Cardiff Bay

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Angharad is a solicitor working as a consultant with Acuity Law, a law firm in Cardiff Bay. Before joining Acuity Law, Angharad worked as an in-house solicitor with S4C, the Welsh language broadcaster, specialising in legal matters that affect the media industry and S4C’s business in general. In her day to day work she provides legal and contractual advice to film and tv producers and financiers and often spends her days giving advice and negotiating contracts over the telephone, in meetings or drafting contracts.

Before joining S4C, Angharad trained in a Cardiff law firm and then went to work in a law firm in London specialising in film finance where one of the highlights was to go on work trips to the Cannes Film Festival. Before getting the job in film finance, Angharad didn’t have experience of film finance, but at interview showed that she was a quick learner and had other relevant experience to bring to the new job.

In order to get a training contract to be a solicitor, at interview Angharad spoke about a number of part-time jobs that she had experienced including waitressing, working as a bailiff’s clerk, pub work, hotel cleaning, factory work and voluntary work, all of which provided real examples of taking responsibility and showing initiative.

Angharad is a mum of two children and spends her time socialising with friends, laughing and dancing (generally to embarrass the kids). Angharad also loves visiting different countries and chatting to people from all walks of life.

Angharad has experience in:

  • staff management
  • conducting interviews
  • writing skills
  • negotiating skills
  • presentation skills

Carina Phillips

Carina’s working life began in the offices of a commercial law firm. After practising as an employment law solicitor for a few years, she found her way into PR and marketing.

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Carina’s working life began in the offices of a commercial law firm. After practising as an employment law solicitor for a few years, she found her way into PR and marketing.

As a freelance copywriter working with everyone from lawyers to hoteliers to manufacturers, Carina counts herself lucky; she’s doing what she loves. Now, almost a decade on from those first nervy assignments and freebies-to-grow-the-portfolio, Carina Phillips Copywriting Ltd is doing pretty well. One of these days it might get itself a better name.

Carina is a mum of two and wife of one, living in Cardiff. Her favourite things are family things, but she makes time for the gym, a spot of semi-competitive tennis, brushing up on her Welsh, and the occasional restorative glass of wine with friends.

Carina has experience in:

  • writing
  • public relations
  • marketing
  • employment law and HR
  • public speaking
  • networking

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Kath Denton

Kath is a freelance writer and entrepreneur. She has worked mainly in financial services for over 20 years

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Kath is a freelance writer and entrepreneur. She has worked mainly in financial services for over 20 years, helping to set up insurance companies such as elephant.co.uk and Gocompare.com. More recently she project managed the setting up of Tee It Up, an indoor golf simulation centre and bar.

Kath has always loved to write, and despite her maturing years, she decided to return to university in 2015 to do a Masters in Creative Writing. She is now a freelance writer, writing content for websites, and basically anything else anyone is brave enough to offer her.

Kath is the part owner of two small children. She shares this responsibility with her partner Ellen. When she isn’t procrastinating in front of a computer screen, Kath can be found in one of the various soft play centres around the Cardiff area, sobbing into an Americano whilst searching for small shoes. She also likes to travel, watch films, and see her footballing dreams fall apart each January as Liverpool FC drop down the league table.

Kath has experience in:

  • Recruitment
  • Interviewing techniques
  • How to write CVs
  • Project management
  • Staff management
  • Setting up companies
  • Being a licensee
  • Creative and business writing

Sian Davies

Sian is a judge specialising in workplace disputes; the cases she deals with include claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination

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Sian is a judge specialising in workplace disputes; the cases she deals with include claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination. As well as deciding cases, Sian is also a trainer of other judges; her particular interest is in ‘judgecraft’ (communication skills and the non-legal aspects of being a judge). 

Before she became a judge Sian was a solicitor; she trained in London and moved home to work in Cardiff in 2005. Although her CV gives the impression of a well-prepared career path, this could not be further from the truth. At many stages in her life, Sian has felt unsure about what to study or what jobs she would like to do. An interesting array of missteps along the way, meant that Sian realised that you can learn something from every experience, even if that something is that you don’t want to repeat it.

Sian and her husband take it in turns to play referee for their two daughters. Sian loves her boxer dog, Dexter, travelling to sunny places and really good stories.

Sian has experience in:

  • presentation and communication skills
  • training and facilitation
  • mentoring and developing colleagues
  • project management
  • staff management
  • writing skills

Claire Sharp

Claire is a solicitor-advocate who works on a freelance basis carrying out several roles at once. She is easily bored, so generally has at least four jobs on the go at any one time.

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Claire grew up in Wales and came from a family where only a few relatives worked. She was the first to go to university and had no links to the law. However, being argumentative and stubborn resulted in a legal career. She started off suing doctors for clinical negligence, then was for many years as an insolvency solicitor demanding people gave other people their money back or persuading people to let her client keep the money. Claire gained full rights to speak in court without becoming a barrister, a team and a reputation as an expert in her field; she also learned how to deal with very angry people without being punched in the face.  Claire has always worked in male-dominated fields, which often required epic levels of corporate entertaining and pretending to be interested in sport.

Claire’s hobbies include taxi-driving for her relatives, applying for jobs, and singing tunelessly.  

Claire has experience in:

  • speaking
  • setting and achieving goals
  • management
  • job applications and interviews
  • writing
  • training and teaching
  • running/expanding a business
  • networking

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Mechelle Colard

Mechelle works with children who need specialist dental treatment.

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Mechelle works with children who need specialist dental treatment. This could be children with other medical conditions and those born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Children are also referred to a consultant if they have had dental trauma, are very anxious or have other problems e.g. missing/extra teeth.

Mechelle also trains junior dentists and is an examiner for their professional exams.

Mechelle has three very active boys and a dog and has learned a lot about football! She likes nothing better than lying on a beach reading a good book.

Mechelle has experience in:

  • Presentations and presentation skills
  • How to write a CV
  • Training others
  • Communication skills 

Rosie Sweetman

Two years ago Rosie setup a coaching and training business with her husband Chris. She is a qualified executive coach

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Two years ago Rosie setup a coaching and training business with her husband Chris. She is a qualified executive coach and clients have said they like her pragmatic and solutions-focussed approach. Before setting up Sweetmans and Partners, Rosie was Director of Business in the Community Cymru, a business membership organisation that supports businesses to behave responsibly. Here she was awarded the highest accolade for leadership in The Times Top 100 charities to work for over two consecutive years, and won the IOD Wales Award for Director of Leadership in Corporate Responsibility.

She started her career in arts marketing and arts development before moving to Arts & Business where she “matched” business and arts professionals to work together on exciting projects. One of the business partners, Grant Thornton,  asked her to join them and from here she had the opportunity to head up their Business Development function for Cardiff, Bristol and Cheltenham where she was responsible for PR and marketing, as well as sales coaching for all partners in the Wales & South West of England region. Rosie is originally from Pontypridd and now lives in Cardiff with her 2 children, husband and hamster.

Rosie has experience in:

  • Business development
  • People management
  • Leadership development
  • Responsible Business
  • PR, marketing and sponsorship

Nicola Mcneely

Nicola is a commercial law solicitor, specialising in working with Technology companies. She advises businesses from the very beginning to really big companies on their contracts, strategy, funding and protection

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Nicola is a commercial law solicitor, specialising in working with Technology companies. She advises businesses from the very beginning to really big companies on their contracts, strategy, funding and protection. She does a lot of training for clients in legal issues in Technology such as blockchain. She has a dual specialism in Intellectual Property law. Think of business who have big brands like Google/Apple/Coca Cola etc. They need to protect their business names/logos to stop other people copying them. 

Nicola’s father was in the Royal Air Force for 22 years. She and her family travelled all over the UK as a youngster, moving every 3 or so years from RAF base to RAF base. She understands what it’s like to grow up with a nomadic and ever-changing home life.  She has 6 brothers and sisters (she’s number 4 of 7!) and has a massive extended family who live all over the world.  Her parents divorced when she was 7 and she and her siblings shared their time between their parents’ homes.  Much of the military lifestyle has rubbed off on her and she bounces out of bed EVERY MORNING within 3 seconds when the alarm goes off! 

Nicola trained in Cardiff and has worked as a lawyer for 21 years. She spent 5 years working in-house at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant in their legal department and New Business Division.  Nicola has experienced successes and failures in her studies and career and is often heard saying ‘it’s all a learning experience and sometimes you strive for better if you stumble along the way’. She has recruited and worked with lots of lawyers and mentored other trainee solicitors and paralegals both inside and outside the workplace. 

Nicola is married to Craig and has a 4 year old son who is obsessed with Marvel Superheroes, Disney’s the Lion King and visiting zoos/farms.  Most weekends you will find her up and about early morning walking around Caerphilly Castle feeding the ducks, bracing the freezing cold rain or basking in the beautiful sunshine in Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire. 

Nicola has experience in:

  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Job applications and CVs
  • Project management
  • Building new relationships/winning new business/sales skills
  • Writing skills

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Sioned Eurig

Sioned has been working as a specialist NHS employment lawyer since August 2012. She advises HR clients on all aspects of contentious and non contentious employment and discrimination law.

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Sioned has been working as a specialist NHS employment lawyer since August 2012. She advises HR clients on all aspects of contentious and non contentious employment and discrimination law. Sioned has a particular interest in and enjoys advising on unfair dismissal and whistle blowing matters. Sioned studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and moved to Cardiff to undertake the Legal Practice Course. It was on the Legal Practice Course that Sioned fell in love with employment law and furthered this interest when training to become a lawyer. 

Sioned also writes exam papers and is an Assessor with Cilex.

Sioned is married with two young daughters who keep her very busy. She is still trying to find that magical work life balance but is enjoying the juggle at the moment. She enjoys going on holidays with her family and friends and is a keen netball player. 

Sioned has experience in:

  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Training and facilitation
  • Mentoring, supervising and developing colleagues
  • Writing skills
  • Networking
  • Prioritising Work

Kathryn Walters

Kathryn is an NHS clinical psychologist in Gwent where she jointly heads a service of psychologists, counsellors and arts therapists working across the lifespan in both mental and physical health.

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Kathryn is an NHS clinical psychologist in Gwent where she jointly heads a service of psychologists, counsellors and arts therapists working across the lifespan in both mental and physical health.

Kathryn initially wanted to do Law, then Medicine, then Biochemistry. She had an epiphany that Biochem wasn’t for her whilst on a sixth form visit to Birmingham Uni. With at least an hour left on campus before her school was due to leave, she wandered into the Psychology department and became fascinated with the subject, deciding there and then that she wanted to study it at Uni. 31 years later, Kathryn is still fascinated by the subject and feels privileged to work in a job that brings her into direct contact with so many people trying to make changes in their lives.

Kathryn lives in Cardiff with her husband and between one and three of her three children, depending what’s going on in their lives (two are grown up). She used to run but now settles for circuits, cycling and weightlifting.

Kathryn has experience in:

  • presentation and communication skills
  • staff management
  • writing skills
  • interviewing
  • training and teaching

Judith Winnan

Judith is a freelance Executive Producer working on factual programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters. She spent many years directing and producing documentaries on a huge range of subjects

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Judith is a freelance Executive Producer working on factual programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters. She spent many years directing and producing documentaries on a huge range of subjects including art, history, the war in Iraq and even unusual toilets (yes, really!) and won a couple of awards for some of them (sadly not the one about toilets). She has run her own independent production company and also been in charge of a big production department at BBC Wales (the Factual & Music department) where talented teams of people made programmes such as Bargain Hunt and BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Passionate about television all her life, in her spare time Judith works with the Royal Television Society in Wales which, amongst other things, helps and advises young people who want to work in television.

When not watching or making tv, Judith loves spending time with her young daughter, reading and going to comedy gigs.

Judith has experience in:

  • Creative leadership
  • Writing
  • Managing and mentoring people
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Job applications and CVs

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Catherine May

Catherine has built a career in the not for profit sector. She is currently working for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru as the Project Manager for a new piece of work developing research and policy into housing and homelessness in Wales.

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Catherine has built a career in the not for profit sector. She is currently working for the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru as the Project Manager for a new piece of work developing research and policy into housing and homelessness in Wales.

She started her career at Oxfam GB, working in their UK Poverty Programme, then at MIND as part of the team setting up the national Time to Change programme. She then worked for the Equality and Human Rights Commission as the Head of Investigations and Inquiries and then as the Head of External Affairs in Wales. She works with politicians and other influential people encouraging them to listen to the voices of people who are not always represented in public debates. She is committed to supporting women, girls and people with mental health problems.

In her spare time, Catherine is a trained run leader with Sport Wales who regularly supports people getting into running and fitness, sometimes for the first times in their lives.

She has 2 daughters and loves seeing the women they are turning into!

  • Self confidence
  • Self esteem
  • CV writing
  • Work experience
  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Prioritising work
  • Project management

Claire Blake

A creative marketeer and bid writer with over 20 years’ experience in working in a variety of sectors, Claire eventually ended up in the legal world.

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Claire is the Bids and Tenders Manager at Capital Law.

A creative marketeer and bid writer with over 20 years’ experience in working in a variety of sectors, Claire eventually ended up in the legal world.

The first of her family to go to university, Claire elected to study a degree in American Management Science in Swansea University, mainly, she admits, so that she could enjoy a year at the University of Toronto.

After gaining her degree Claire enjoyed a few years working on Wales’ major construction projects, including the Principality stadium, before pursuing a post-graduate qualification and career in marketing. Her varied marketing career in manufacturing, aerospace and construction has eventually led to her specialise in winning work through complex bids and tenders of values from £1k to over £100 million. For the past 6 years Claire has worked in the legal sector, where she works across corporate and commercial, property and construction, employment, and dispute resolution teams to win contracts with leading organisations throughout the UK and internationally. 

Having to deal with the ups and (mainly) downs of being in a house of Cardiff City fans, when Claire’s not working, she’s a typical soccer mum, ferrying her teenage daughter and sporty son around from one activity to the next. Lucky for her (and everyone else in the house she says) her husband looks after the cooking.

Claire has experience in:

  • Bid writing
  • CV writing
  • Project management
  • Job applications
  • Interview skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Report writing
  • Networking

Holly Stedman

Since September 2018, Holly has been a Lecturer in Legal Practice at USW and continues to practice as a solicitor in USW’s Legal Advice Clinic.

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Holly’s first job after university was as a researcher at S4C. She then worked at a commercial law firm in Cardiff (Blake Morgan LLP) and qualified as a solicitor specialising in Social Housing and Property Litigation. 

After 13 years at Blake Morgan LLP, Holly decided to move into education. Since September 2018, Holly has been a Lecturer in Legal Practice at USW and continues to practice as a solicitor in USW’s Legal Advice Clinic.

Outside her day job, Holly is the Chair of a local Housing Association.

Holly has experience in:

  • Job applications and interviews
  • writing skills
  • negotiating skills
  • presentation skills
  • How to write CVs
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Self confidence
  • Litigation and advocacy skills

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Dr Rachel Abbott

Rachel is a dermatologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Her specialist areas are skin cancer and skin cancer surgery. Her other professional interests include clinical research and environmentally sustainable healthcare.s

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Rachel is a dermatologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Her specialist areas are skin cancer and skin cancer surgery. Her other professional interests include clinical research and environmentally sustainable healthcare.

Rachel has studied in London, Edinburgh, Chicago and San Jose in Costa Rica. She has worked in the UK and Australia and moved to Cardiff in 2010.

Rachel has experience in:

  • presentation and communication skills
  • training and facilitation
  • mentoring and developing colleagues
  • project management
  • staff management
  • writing skills

Julie Prior

Julie has been in adult education for more than 30 years and is passionate about helping and supporting students to realise and achieve their full potential. She is currently the Deputy Head of the South Wales Business School at the University of South Wales.

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Julie has been in adult education for more than 30 years and is passionate about helping and supporting students to realise and achieve their full potential. She is currently the Deputy Head of the South Wales Business School at the University of South Wales.

Julie dropped out of sixth form after completing her AS levels, got a job in the NHS and then bought a house – all at the age of 18.

After having a family, she fell into adult tutoring almost by accident – ending up delivering a wide range of ICT, life skills and confidence building courses throughout the communities of South Wales. She always regretted not going to University and in her 30’s enrolled as a mature student on a Business Information Management degree at the University of Glamorgan.

After graduating, Julie applied for a job at the University and loved it so much that she’s never left. She thinks working at the University (now South Wales) is amazing as everyday she gets to meet students from all walks of life and from all over the world. 

Julie loves all types of live music, but especially rock and the louder the better…you can’t beat a bit of AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams J.

Julie has experience in:

  • Confidence building and helping people to realise their potential
  • Business writing
  • Presentations skills
  • IT office Skills (spreadsheets, word processing, PowerPoint, file management, etc)
  • Job applications (application forms, CV’s, covering letters, interviews)
  • Teaching and training
  • Coaching and mentoring

Samantha Moore

Samantha is an Employment Tribunal Judge and deals with employment law disputes. She was formerly a Solicitor practicing in South Wales in employment law

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