I am the co-founder of Sleep Thief; a sustainable and organic baby-clothing company with the aim to enable less sleepless nights for parents with babies. Importantly, I’m a full-time mum and I founded Sleep Thief with my great friend, Sophie, because we realised that traditional sleep suits were causing us both too much stress with their tricky poppers. So, we began developing high quality, environmentally friendly sleep suits that make changing a baby in the middle of the night, stress-free. I joined the Santander Breakthrough programme as a mentee, and was able to really develop my business as a result of the fantastic guidance I received. I decided to return to the programme this year as a mentor, to give back to this fantastic programme.
I’ve always been so lucky to be involved in mentoring, both as a mentor and as a mentee. At university, I had some fantastic supervisors and professors who went out of their way to champion me, and then in my law career I found an abundance of people who were willing to support my self-development. I realised that when I founded Sleep Thief, what was missing was the mentoring. Claire-Marie, who was my mentor on last year’s Santander Breakthrough programme was exactly what Sophie and I needed. She plugged gaps that we didn’t even know were there and gave us a new-found confidence to take risks and make decisions.