About 1st Impressions

1st Impressions is a brand new Community Interest Organisation which was set up to serve the BANES community in 2021.


Our founder, Jane Ellis-Brush, has a passion about supporting women. She also has years of experience in the corporate world and a wardrobe of pre-loved items to share, so created 1st Impressions to make a difference in her community.


Since then, the team has grown, we’ve been able to support more clients, and we have found our own boutique space to invite clients to, at Fairfield House, Kelston, Bath.

Vision

A world where all women have equal opportunities at interview.

Mission

We make a positive impact on all women wanting to work by helping them to create confident first impressions at interview. We provide a tailored service, focused on improving individuals’ confidence through wardrobe selection and interview coaching: Leaving the candidate looking good, feeling confident and ready to impress.

Values

When you work with 1st Impressions, we promise that we will be honest, that we will be authentic, that we will think about our environmental impact and that we will treat everyone we work with equally.

Our Directors

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Jane Ellis-Brush

Director

Having spent 30 years in industry working at senior levels within a number of organisations, Jane moved to Bath in March 2021 and joined the University of Bath as a Senior Lecturer. Being passionate about women in work, she started looking into how she could help local under-privileged women into employment through providing clothes and accessories for their interviews and first few weeks of employment. 1st Impressions was born!

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Nicola Lloyd

Director

Nicola works with Jane at the University of Bath and was excited to be able to be part of such an amazing initiative. Having a background in project management, she plays an essential role behind the scenes, supporting the volunteers and managing the operations of 1st Impressions.

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Kevin Ellis-Brush

Director

Kevin has spent over 30 years in senior positions in both corporate organisations and NGO. He is also an entrepreneur and established executive coach. He is passionate about life-long learning and helps his clients to become the best versions of themselves. For 1st Impressions, he specialises in governance and obtaining supportive funding for the organisation.

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Karina Zabihi

Director

Growing up exposed to two cultures, British and Persian, has always made Karina seek out the path less travelled. Her career reflects this, as at various times she has worked as an interpreter, teacher, journalist, radio presenter and producer, film writer and director, interior architect and fashion designer. She has always been happy to seek out new experiences, different environments and to challenge the norms and she jumped at the chance to work with 1st Impressions.

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Mike Lewis

Director

Originally a Mechanical Engineer, Michael continued his academic career with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, later working at Harvard Business School and Warwick Business School, before joining the University of Bath’s School of Management in 2004. Michael’s experience has been essential to building the foundations of 1st Impressions, and his knowledge and expertise continues to help guide and support the enterprise.

The Student Team

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Louise Mccleery-Earley

Operations Manager

Louise is a final year Social Sciences BSc student at the University of Bath. Her interest in lowering entry barriers women face in the workplace has motivated her to become involved with 1st impressions. She is an asset in the success of charity, alongside developing her own operational skills.

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Upasruti Biswas

Marketing Manager

Upasruti is an international Master’s student at the University of Bath studying Behavioural Economics. She’s worked as a social media manager for an independent theatre group before and she’s eager to gain more experience and excited to be a part of the marketing team at 1st Impressions!

Our team ‘on the ground’

Barbara Cosgrave

Interview Mentor

Hannah Welbourn

Interview Mentor

Jane Howard

Interview Mentor

Denise Cooke

Interview Mentor, Stylist & Inventory volunteer

Giulia Passoni

Stylist & Inventory volunteer

Heleen Maes

Stylist & Inventory volunteer