Mentor Network

Future of London has a growing cross-sector mentor network of more than 300 experienced practitioners who contribute to the professional development of candidates on our Leadership programmes. Mentors are matched with candidates to provide a ‘safe space’ sounding board and share valuable experience and insights. See here for current Future London Leaders mentors and find current Leaders Plus mentors in London and Greater Manchester, where we’ve offered the course since 2020.

We also welcome mentors for FoL’s Emerging Talent Programme, which embodies our values and gives career entrants from ethnic minorities a brilliant 21-month development opportunity, with mentor pairings running 6 to 9 months. These candidates are often younger, so we also welcome mentors who are up to mid-career, for more easily relatable experience – and for a great professional and personal development opportunity for mentors too! FLL alumni are encouraged to apply.

All new and returning mentors get to meet their mentees in person (for now!) and are offered additional online or phone meet-ups and guidance at the start of each programme. They also have the option to do the same excellent Strength Deployment Inventory psychometric that candidates use. Finally, there are opportunities to connect with other senior mentors, candidates, alumni, and Future of London’s steering group at periodic networking and learning events.

Mentoring on the Leaders programmes is a real highlight of my work and I always look forward to it. Future of London brings together a fantastic range of talented, passionate and ambitious individuals from all sorts of backgrounds and organisations and it has been an inspiration to work one-to-one with many of them over the last few years. I’ve learned a huge amount in my time as a mentor, I’ve added some really great people to my network (and even recruited one or two!) and have enjoyed some of the most stimulating conversations about projects and ideas that I can remember.

Mentoring on the programmes is a real privilege and a brilliant way to take a little time away from the day job and really find out more about people, places and projects. If you haven’t already signed up, then do think about doing so. You won’t regret it!

David Lunts – Chief Executive, OPDC and former Executive Director, GLA Housing & Land

Recognising the contribution of our mentors

Mentor awards, supported by Lovell. Nominations starting soon for 2022!
To celebrate mentors’ valuable contribution to FoL Leaders courses and candidates, we invite you to nominate your favourite(s) for Future of London’s second annual mentor awards, supported by Lovell. The 2022 process is just getting underway, so sign up to the mailing list or watch FoL social media for updates.

Become a mentor

If you’d like to learn more and are interested in becoming a mentor contact Hazel Webb.

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