One-to-One Guidance Meetings

Connect with a Specialist

We have a wide range of specialists who can provide you with expert guidance in mapping out and planning your leadership development through the opportunities available in the Network. 

If you’re unsure where to start our Community Manager can support you with an initial meeting.

Meet the Network Specialists

We offer bookable one-to-one online meetings with our experts. You can book a time that suits you below, or alternatively, you can get in touch with a specialist directly with any questions.

Community Manager – Bridget Mellifont

Bridget can help you create a roadmap through the Networks offering that best suits your leadership and research goals. She can connect you with further specialists and offer support navigating the programme and opportunities.

Please book a 45-minute meeting with Bridget

Margot Bucaille, Innovation Manager

Margot is an Innovation Manager at Queen’s University Belfast, where she focuses on supporting researchers make an impact outside of the lab through commercialisation. Margot leads and coordinates a number of European-funded projects supporting capacity building in entrepreneurship education across the continent. Margot also has a keen interest in digital transformation and leads QUB’s efforts to set-up a virtual Technology Transfer Office. Prior to her role in QUB, Margot has worked in the consulting industry supporting public and private clients with their digital transformation through engagement and communication roles.

Margot can co-ordinate opportunities and provide one-to-one advice on innovation and commercialisation.

Book a 45-minute meeting with Margot

Paul Grimshaw, Knowledge Transfer Consultant

Paul has a background in innovation research and management, with experience of working in and between industry, university and charity sectors.

Paul can help with building links, support and providing resources for those for Fellows who have an interest in exploring and developing Knowledge Exchange opportunities.

Book a 45-minute meeting with Paul

Charlotte Bonner-Evans, Mentoring Consultant

Charlotte is a qualified and practicing Mentor and Coach (ILM Practitioner), working at Cardiff University.

As the Partnership Manager for the Network’s award-winning multi-faceted mentoring scheme, Charlotte works with mentees and mentors daily. She is responsible for recruitment of the mentors and delivering the operational activity of the mentoring scheme, community one-to-one coaching, and sharing good practice with colleagues across the UK to support the development of their mentoring programmes.

Charlotte can discuss mentoring and support you in being matched with a mentor that meets your needs and matches your values.

Get in touch at for mentoring guidance.

Katie Nicoll Baines, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager 

Katie is an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) specialist and experienced facilitator/trainer with expertise in researching barriers to career progression experienced by women and LGBT+ people related to grant funding.

Katie can support and share resources on to help you strengthen EDI within your teams and help with specific issues you may be facing.

Book a 45-minute meeting with Katie

Research Impact advice with Saskia Walcott

Contact Saskia for advice and guidance on:

  • Where to start with your research impact
  • Embedding impact in to your everyday research
  • Planning an impact strategy
  • Impact case studies

Saskia Walcott is one the UK’s most eminent research impact practitioners, having worked in this niche for 15 years.  She became an independent consultant in 2010 and has trained and mentored 100s of academics on how to embed impact in their work and worked with universities to develop their research impact strategies and plans.  She has assisted with the development of 100s of REF impact case studies during REF 2014 and REF 2021 across units of assessment spanning all 4 main panels. Clients include universities in England, Scotland and Wales from Russell Group to post-92s.  Saskia has also held interim and short-term posts within HE. She was interim Director of Strategic Engagement at UWE Bristol and was Research Impact Manager at the University of Bath between 2014 and 2015. Prior to 2010 Saskia was Head of Communications and Public Engagement for the Economic and Social Research Council (2003 to 2010). Her background prior to that was corporate public relations.

Please note:

  • You can also bring members of your team to your call with Saskia, although you must also be present.
  • Saskia’s availability is limited so we restrict  the funding of calls with her to one session per Fellow.

To request a 60 min appointment with Saskia, please email the FLFDN coaching team –

Steve Joy, Specialist in Leadership Development and Coaching

Steve is the Head of the Postdoc Academy at the University of Cambridge. He has been working with research staff for over thirteen years, including five years as a Postdoc Careers Adviser and, latterly, four years as Head of Researcher Development.

Steve works closely with Dr Tracey Stead to plan and deliver the Network’s training and development programme, including leadership retreats, the bespoke 360 Feedback and Coaching Programme, and the wider coaching and psychometric assessment offer. He has led sessions on self-leadership, inclusive leadership, and career management.

Contact Steve to discuss:

  • Career planning & development – your own or how to support your team’s
  • Applications & interviews

To request a 45 min appointment with Steve, please email the

We have a range of mentors and colleagues who can support you in your policy engagement.

Please email us at with a brief outline of your request and we will connect you to a suitable colleague.