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Ambassadors & Mentors

Are you passionate about business, or helping people settle into their new environment and have an hour a month available to help?

We are looking for people who feel like it is time to give back to the community.

The first time I was mentored was in 2010, when I started my newspaper. My two mentors’ advice stayed with me for many years to come. Not only was it encouraging to speak to someone who has walked the journey before me but also refreshing to express my ideas and see how it take shape with the support of my mentors. Since that experience, I always made sure that I mentored someone else, as you never know how one kind gesture can influence and change a person’s life.

We all have a special skill set and area of expertise, so join our network of mentors and help shape the new business leaders of tomorrow. Be part of the change. Sign up to be a mentor today.

Mentors Available

Michael Jackson, Keynote speaker and facilitator, England.

With over 30 years of business, marketing, and communications experience, Michael Jackson has been at the forefront of strategic business development and has pioneered many new global conferencing and presenting initiatives. Known for his keynote speaking and interactive conference style, Michael is referred to in the industry as ‘The Other Michael Jackson”, for obvious reasons. Born in Britain and educated in London, Michael’s reputation as an internationally sought-after presenter has been built on his conferencing involvement worldwide. Having personally previously worked for ‘big name’ clients like Richard Branson and Bill Gates, Michael fosters relationships with thought leaders in the way few people can and the way he presents, provokes, and interacts with audiences has gained him a formidable reputation with leading global businesses like Qatar Airways, Dell, Pfizer and Amazon, plus many others. Today, Michael is internationally sought-after as a globally renowned specialist on the subject of change in a business context.

Key skills: Strategy, marketing, communications.

Razvan Syyed, Chartered Accountant & Finance Business Partner, Scotland

Razvan is a qualified chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience, based in the south-side of Glasgow operating UK-wide as a Finance Business Partner.

His background is in Corporate Finance working at a high level for large corporates and multi-nationals in Glasgow and London as well as investing in property. His business, Sword Finance and Investments was set up in July 2018 to help SME Business Owners and Property Professionals – providing a “one-stop” solution for all their funding needs, business support and development, as well as tax and accounting solutions.

His business won 3 awards in the past 3 years, voted Best SME Business Support Provider 2020 and Best Independent Finance Consultancy 2021 from Scottish Enterprise and this year collected the award for SME Finance Consultancy Firm of the Year U.K. at the Corporate Livewire Innovation & Excellence Awards. 

Razvan proudly serves as a Non-Executive Director of SYMBL.

Key Skills: Finance, business development, investment.

Daniel van Vuuren, Leather Designer and Manufacturer, Scotland

Daniel designs and handcrafts a range of beautifully made high quality leather products. His timeless creations display the quality of his workmanship gained from working with leather for over 20 years, a journey which began in his home country, South Africa.

His strong ethical business beliefs mean that each leather masterpiece is not only confidently made with attention to detail and quality but are also made sustainably and available at a fair price.  Working under the name Daniel Paul Leather – Spirit of Africa, you can visit him at his Perth based studio/shop in St Pauls Square.

Through his experience Daniel has perfected and developed his own way of working with the traditional leather craft methods. Believing that quality cannot be rushed, he’ll work up the design, create a pattern, mark it out on the leather and cut each element before preparing the leather for assembly. Sometimes a design may be applied using a stamping technique or a personal engraving may be the finishing touch. In addition to the custom orders, Daniel’s collection of work includes bags, bottle holders, carriers, journal covers, aprons and smaller items including belts, wallets and key rings. 

Key Skills: Pattern making, design and manufacturing.

Lynn Erasmus, Serial Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker, Scotland

Lynn Erasmus is a Third Culture Individual, and a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, journalist & speaker, shifting the audience from a place of fear to curiosity. She connects leaders and management with their teams, by helping them understand their core values, vision and team strengths and then bringing them together to achieve their shared goals through Cultural IQ. She delivers these outcomes through interactive keynotes, fun away days, focused masterclasses & training, and in-depth coaching sessions.

As the Founder of SYMBL CIC, she is a fierce advocate for Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality and Belonging, where she helps companies to adapt their company culture to become innovative and sustainable global leaders. 

Key Skills: Networking, Cultural IQ, Branding.

David Mackenzie, Regional Manager Street Soccer (Dundee), Scotland

David started working with Sports Development back in 2005 through the Youth Sport Development project where they aimed to use sport as a diversionary activity to engage with disengaged young people aged 12-18yrs. His involvement with Street Soccer Scotland first began around 2010 by way of working in partnership to provide support for vulnerable groups aged 16 – 60+ from backgrounds including addictions, homelessness, mental health, criminal justice services and unemployment with the aim to bring about positive change. Fast forward to now, the Street Soccer programme in Dundee has recently developed their first Change Centre model where they have taken on an old sport centre to repurpose as their base. David focus on engagement and the development of transferable skills to provide structure, purpose, hope and opportunities to for positive life changes.

Key Skills: Training, coaching, purpose.

Ruby Sweeney, Executive Events Director, Scotland

Ruby founded The Events Hub in 2011, after a decade’s rich experience across the industry. She put together an agile, expert team to provide a tailored, personalised service for clients, and brought in world-leading technologies to help. 

Strategic planning, creativity, and adaptability are some of Ruby’s core strengths.

Ruby was selected as one of the UK’s Top Female Entrepreneurs for 2022 and by Glisser as one of The Most Influential Women in Events 2022. She’s also part of the SME Climate Hub, and an Operator for Net Zero Carbon Events Initiative (achievements she sees as vital steps for The Events Hub, and the events industry).

And Ruby’s joy? Supporting businesses and organisations through the digital transformation of the current climate. Encouraging those who have missed out on holding annual conferences, exhibitions, AGMs, or large meetings. Transitioning existing conferences and events into the online and hybrid space, as well as planning ahead for face-to-face events in a new world.

Key Skills: Connecting people, communications, events management.

Matty Souter, SEO and Web Development Specialist, Scotland

Matty’s background is in Software Development, holding a Computing Degree from Abertay University.

Matty saw a gap in the market for a company that could create beautiful websites with excellent SEO, so that businesses could get the traffic they deserved, and from here put his heart and soul into creating Ryse. SEO is the key to allowing your business to reach its full potential and by combining this with our elegant and modern websites, we can provide our customers with the best possible chance of converting leads. We have worked with numerous customers over a variety of sectors such as hospitality, retail, property management and recreation. Ryse also has an amazing team of Graphic Designers and Content Writers ready to make your vision a reality. 

Key Skills: SEO, web development, digital marketing.

Ash Ni Leighn, Vegan Fashion Designer, England

Ash graduated from London College of Fashion in 2004, and now owns a vegan, sustainable, anti-bac knicker brand to help prevent pain and infection after surgery – Dandelion Weatherstone CIC.  She is affiliated with Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals as well as Doulas Without Borders, and regularly gets her undies out for free to those who have experienced baby loss of C-section after conception during rape. She is on the cusp of potentially gaining a clinical trial too!

Her non-negotiable is around veganism, in food, ethic and her Buddhist upbringing. She believes that you are either actively part of the solution or actively part of the problem when it comes to preventing sexual violence and protecting animals.

Key skills: Vegan supply chain, fashion, single self-employed mum.

Sindiso Joya – Events, networking and hospitality specialist, Scotland.

Sindiso is part of the team that collaborated the first ever Mzansi Festival event in the UK an event that was attended by 1000’s of South Africans and friends of South Africa. Sindiso now runs a events and catering business in Scotland, which caters for all special occasions, Take control Events Management Ltd. One of the highlights of the 2019 was when, Take Control Events Management Ltd hosted a Brand SA event (Celebrate South Africa Scotland), which became the biggest Global Citizen Engagement Event Brand SA had thus far. Sindiso’s passion is to give back and help inspire the youth and help African help itself. He was very instrumental is not only raising the targeted £40,000 for JAM International, but went far and beyond, raisin £50, 000 by being part of a challenge which saw him run his first ever ultra-marathon 103km. He is also the co-director and main fundraiser for an NGO, based in Cape Town, operating from the township of Khayelitsha. It provides young girls in the community with a safe, educational, after school football program that focuses on building their individual confidence, equality in society, and their passion for the sport.

Key skills: Events Management, Catering and Hospitality.

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