Mentor Network

Future of London has a growing cross-sector mentor network of more than 250 experienced practitioners who contribute to the professional development of candidates on our Future London Leaders and Leaders Plus courses. Mentors are matched with our Leadership candidates to provide a ‘safe space’ sounding board and share invaluable experience and insights from their own careers. 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.

Before and after COVID, mentors are offered workshops; the option to do the same valuable psychometric candidates take; plus opportunities to connect with other senior mentors, candidates, alumni, and Future of London’s steering group.

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 open!
To celebrate mentors’ valuable contribution to FoL Leaders courses and candidates, we invite you to nominate your favourite(s) for Future of London’s first annual mentor awards, supported by Lovell. We’ll announce the winner – or winners – at the #Alumni500 celebration on 21 October 2021. Please tell us who you’re nominating and why. If you want to nominate two or more people, please use one form for each person. Nomination form here.

Become a mentor

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

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Mentee blog: Ryan Stevenson

Ryan Stevenson – Development Project Manager, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils – is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

Mentee blog: Philippa Bancroft

Philippa Bancroft – Senior Manager, Public Land at the Greater London Authority – is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

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Mentee blog: Blossom Young

Poplar HARCA’s Head of Operations Blossom Young is the next in our mentor/mentee blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring and its impact on alumni.

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Mentor blog: Jackie Fearon

Next in our mentors/mentees blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring is Director of Customer Operations at Gateway Housing Jackie Fearon.

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Mentee blog: Sarah Birt

Next in our mentors/mentees blog series sharing stories from FoL’s leaders programme mentoring is Senior Development Manager for Strategic Projects and Property at the Greater London Authority and Alumni Rep Sarah Birt.

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Mentor blog: Mark Baigent

In build up to the #Alumni500 celebration and Mentor Awards on 21 October, FoL is inviting Leaders course mentors and mentees to write about their mentoring experience and share what they’ve gained with the network. Writing this month is prolific FoL mentor Mark Baigent.

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Recognising the contribution of our mentors

To celebrate mentors’ valuable contribution to our courses ahead of FoL’s Mentor Awards on 21 October, were inviting mentors and mentees to share what they got out of the experience. To kick off, here is FoL’s Oli Pinch on his mentoring experience.

Mentor Award nominations – vote now!

To celebrate mentors’ valuable contribution to our leaders courses and candidates, we invite you to nominate your favourite(s) for Future of London’s first annual mentor awards!