Silk Family Law partner and specialist family law solicitor Teresa Davidson is to become a Women Ambassador as part of a new Yorkshire-based mentorship programme.

Launched last week in York, the programme run by aspire2lead has been designed to help women to advance at work and business owners to grow their businesses. It includes monthly online networking sessions, is free and is open to all women interested in furthering their development.

Paula Grizzard from aspire2lead explains:

“Even in 2021, women are underrepresented at every level of business. Major corporations have a plethora of programmes aimed at women encouraging them to explore business careers and reach the C-suite.

“But many women – including small business owners or those who want to make changes in public life – don’t have those opportunities at work.

“We established the Women Ambassador programme to help women in York and North Yorkshire meet, build connections and discuss issues that affect their working lives. Through monthly networking meetings, it will introduce them to other women who are already there and enable them to build relationships with allies who can help them up the ladder.”

Teresa Davidson said:

“Supporting business owners through challenging times is part of my daily role as a family lawyer.

“As an ambassador for women through the aspire2lead scheme, I will now be able to champion women outside of that role to establish and grow their careers.

“I am delighted to support this effort to develop the business community in York and North Yorkshire by championing women in the workplace and also to learn from the other inspiring mentors who have come on board from a whole range of backgrounds and industries. We are confident that by learning, passing on our varied experiences and supporting each other we can make our community of businesses even stronger than it already is”.

Teresa joins ambassadors from the corporate world through to micro businesses and social purpose bodies, including Glynis Frew MD of Hunters Property Group, Jenny Taylor Smith, Head of Real Estate Planning at Asda, Dineo Ledwaba Chapman of St James Place and Emma Harvey, Director of Candid HR.

aspire2lead is managed by The Opportunity Centre and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The launch event was hosted by Glynis Frew Managing Director of Hunters Property Group at their headquarters in York.

For more information on accessing the scheme, contact Paula Grizzard by emailing paula.grizzard@theopportunitycentre.com.