Beacon Away Country Mentors

Each current Beacon Scholar at University or Beacon Scholar at school overseas is paired with a Beacon Away Country Mentor for pastoral support in the country where they are attending University or School.

The following are currently Beacon Away Country Mentors:

Peter Gerstrom smallPeter Gerstrom was born and brought up in Kenya, moving to the UK after university. With an Engineering Science degree from Oxford University, he started his career in water engineering, developing water resource and wastewater projects around the world in the 1980s. Following an MBA at London Business School, he then moved into new business development having identified the environmental sector, and waste in particular, as a changing and growing sector.  At Balfour Beatty, he set up a joint venture with the large German Utility RWE.  Moving next to Veolia, he ran Hampshire Waste Services then SELCHP, their new London business.  Following a short spell spent at Cleanaway as Director of Municipal Services, he joined Cory Environmental in 2003 to help it transform itself from a landfill-focused company to offering waste treatment and technology services, including developing London’s largest Energy from Waste facility.  After five years as CEO he retired in 2016, and is now spending much of his time travelling and touring, usually in classic cars, whilst keeping an eye on a small family property business.

Robin Lawson smallRobina Maslen completed a Masters course in Social Policy and Planning at the LSE. She spent the first half of her career as a manager in the National Health Service in the UK, as an academic, and also working in South America. The second half of her career was in the Consulting arm of PwC LLP.  Her work focused firstly on helping improve national health and social care services, and then on big central government projects.  Her last 6 years at PwC were in the internal Learning and Development Division, where she developed strategy and managed budgets for training, designed courses and sometimes tutored courses.  She trained as an executive coach and is plannning to use these skills more now that she has retired from full-time paid work. She is married with a 25-year-old daughter who works in the Technology industry, and lives in a small market town - Faversham - in Kent. She is often in London.

Vanessa Sadler small

Vanessa Sadler is an Executive Coach specializing in leadership development. She has worked with senior leaders of many different nationalities in global and national corporates in financial services, recruitment, non-profit, consulting, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors. For the last 15 years she has also worked with INSEAD, London Business School and Cranfield delivering workshops, facilitating group learning and coaching MBAs, and as a Leadership Solutions Associate with the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL®). She is an Associate partner with Leadership Choices GmbH and a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach (MGSCC®). Vanessa lived for over 13 years in Singapore, The Netherlands, Gibraltar and is now based in the United Kingdom. Prior to training as a coach she worked as a Strategy Consultant for The LEK Partnership, a Project Manager with Schiphol Management Services, and a Marketing Manager for AT&T. She began her career as a chemical engineer working for Shell. She gained her MBA from INSEAD in 1989 and graduated in chemical engineering from Sheffield University in 1984.

Gemma White small

Gemma White is a barrister who has practised in London for over 20 years specialising in public law, with a particular interest in education. Gemma is also a trained mediator and volunteers for a local charity conducting community mediations. She is married with a 21 year old daughter and 19 year old son, both of whom are currently at university. Gemma lives in West London where she is chair of governors of her local primary school.


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