Next Generation Business Networking
The Next Generation initiative provides a meeting forum for entrepreneurs and professionals at the early stages of their career. The networking is very relaxed and informal to encourage the future generation to make early business connections they can nurture throughout their careers. The group is run and organised by members of the Next Generation Team with support and guidance from the Chamber and is suitable for professionals and entrepreneurs who may be starting a new career or business venture or at the early stages of career progression within their organisations.
AMY LANE - LEAD AMBASSADOR
Amy is a solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore based in Tunbridge Wells. She specialises primarily in tax planning and succession matters with a view to mitigating tax exposure and preserving family wealth for future generations by providing practical, clear advice whilst understanding the sensitivity and often competing objectives of family circumstances. In 2018, Amy was a finalist in the Young Practitioner of the Year category at the international STEP Private Client Awards, shortlisted as one of only six young professionals from across the globe to be recognised as an up and coming practitioner within the industry.
Amy is an advocate for ensuring that legal services and advice are accessible for those who need it the most and she regularly undertakes pro-bono work as well as working in partnership with numerous charities, such as Breast Cancer Care and MENCAP, to deliver presentations and legal clinics.
Amy has been attending the Sevenoaks Chamber events since 2014 and is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of marketing and networking to securing long-standing professional relationships by encouraging people to find a way of marketing and communicating through the Chamber of Commerce that suits them, their business and the succession of that business.
In 2014 whilst most of my peers went off to University, I joined the family wealth management firm; Panoramic Wealth. Nearly 5 years down the line I specialise in Mortgage and Protection advice. The reason for this is that is still very much part of the British psyche to want to own your own home and those in the earlier stages of their career will tend to look towards home ownership before worrying about Pensions for the time being.
As an advocate for helping Young Professionals, I have organised my own events over the last 2 years. Most recently I had over 50 attendees listen to guest speaker Liam Malone, who not only win 2 gold medals at the Rio Paralympics but also broke 2 World Records previously held by Oscar Pistorius.
I had come to know of Liam through the podcast ‘The Bull Sessions’ that I do with an old school friend where we interview successful and interesting Millennials. It turns out that the widely publicised “lazy generation” do not just spend their money on avocados and lattes having interviewed others such as Christian May (Editor of City A.M), Nicholas Bowman-Scargill (4th Managing Director of Fears Watches) and Jesse Wilson (Co-Founder of Jubel Beer).
Hayley is a Graduate Economic Development Officer in the Economic Development and Property team at Sevenoaks District Council. Hayley is committed to helping local businesses succeed by providing them with advice and support. This ranges from signposting businesses to the funding opportunities and support programmes available to helping businesses with accessing Council services.
Hayley also works with partners on initiatives relating to enterprise, employment, broadband provision and other infrastructure, to ensure the local economy continues to thrive. Hayley graduated from University last year and sees great value in Next Gen and the Chamber as a way for both herself and others to build relationships with the business community in Sevenoaks District. Hayley also sees Next Gen as an important platform for ensuring that businesses and entrepreneurs are aware of the support and advice services they can access in order to prosper.
I have been in Insurance for over 12 years and have worked for large international brokers aswell as working as an underwriter and development manager for an insurer in London. My wide range of experience gives me a unique ability to fully understand and protect clients and ensure they have truly the best coverage at the best premium. I started Clarke Williams alongside Scott 2 years ago and we have built the company from scratch and have already been recognised as a leading broker for our niche schemes and high quality customer service.
Hanna is the West Kent Coordinator at The Kent Foundation, a small charity that provides mentoring and support to young people in business. To qualify for free support an entrepreneur must be 30 years old or younger, and the business must based in Kent, including Medway. The Kent Foundation also provides business start-up workshops and networking opportunities. Hanna’s role at the charity is to connect young business owners and start-ups with a suitable mentor and monitor the progress of this relationship. The vision of The Kent Foundation is to see young people thrive and pursue their dream through growing their business, and boosting the local economy. The charity aims to collaborate with the Next Generation to offer regular networking events and business opportunities to young professionals in Kent, and to introduce them to business mentors.
ALEXANDER STENNINGS - VICE
‘Alexander is an experienced Mortgage & Protection adviser. I am responsible for ensuring that client reaches their planning goals so we can help them achieve the right mortgage and protection that suits them. Furthermore, I am on hand to help ensure that all of our clients get the professional & efficient service that they deserve.
I love to travel as this helps me try new experiences and challenges. I am a passionate Chelsea supporter but also enjoy watching other sports such as Tennis and the Olympics.
HANNAH VAN'T HOFF
Hannah is a Social Media Marketing Consultant. She has recently launched her own business. ‘Where’s Hannah?’ was originally a travel blog for her adventures around the world after graduating from University in 2017.
Hannah studied BA(Hons) Psychology & Criminology & is passionately curious about consumer behaviour & the psychology behind digital marketing. She has since re-branded her travel blog into a Social Media Marketing Consultancy, ‘Where’s Hannah? Media’. Powered by her creative mind, Hannah helps brands grow their online presence by providing account set-up, teaching & coaching, content creation, account management & platform analysis. Her main aim is to support local, independent businesses with their Social Media Marketing. She has previously collaborated with businesses in the Beer, Brewing, Yoga & Wellness industries & is excited to be branching out into Food, Fashion & Fitness! Aside from work,
Hannah is a non-stop explorer & has visited around 35 incredible cities over the last year! Infecting the world with positive vibes, Hannah’s a keen yogi, tea-lover (a cuppa solves everything!) & she’s probably planning her next adventure as you read this.
Henry started Henry Desmond Productions as a way to bring professional quality music and productions to his home town of Sevenoaks in 2018. He debuted his pops/symphony orchestra at the Stag Theatre in April 2019. Henry trained as an Apprentice at the Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company and prides himself on high quality production ethics.
I have been in Insurance for over 13 years and have worked predominantly as a Professional Indemnity and Liability specialist for large Kent based commercial brokers.
Often described as tenacious, I love the challenge of an unusual risk and I feel that my easy going approach and ability to recognise a client’s commercial need (even when they haven’t identified it for themselves) is the key to our success.
I started Clarke Williams alongside Henry 2 years ago and believe that we are ethical brokers who genuinely care about the clients best interests, using a common sense proactive approach.
I once spent the night in a VIP lounge talking to members of the Wu Tang Clan and didn’t even realise.
I can do a cracking Pingu impression.
Upcoming events in Next Generation Networking
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