Applications for the 2022-3 programme have now closed.

Details on the 2023-24 programme will be realised early in the year. In the meantime find out more about the programme below.

Every year there are places for six mentors and six mentees, with training provided by a skilled expert, all online.

The programme is designed to assist in the development of commercial and people skills, confidence, strategic thinking and performance. Mentoring, and the use of simple coaching techniques, can enhance the culture of any organisation by helping people to realise their potential.

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Who can be a mentee?
  • May be in a junior, supervisor, management, or head of department role
  • Can come from any area of the sector, based in any location at any age
  • Can identify some professional and/or personal goals to work toward in the programme
  • You may be introverted or someone not usually in a position of leadership who wants to develop skills – it’s open to everyone, but you must be motivated and dedicated to engage with your mentor

Who can be a mentor?
  • May be a head of department, team leader, or director/CEO
  • Has some line management or leadership experience
  • Someone who gets a sense of satisfaction from helping others develop and learn
  • Motivated and willing to dedicate time to their mentee

“I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to be chosen to take part in the mentoring programme but I am so glad I applied! I couldn’t be happier with my experience so far and have found the programme very rewarding, leaving each session motivated and inspired. My mentor has certainly made me feel more confident within my work and the knowledge I have gained will be invaluable in the future”

Alice Escott, Mentee 2020

Shop Supervisor, Exeter Cathedral

“I have found it immensely rewarding being part of this programme. Importantly, it was very well set up: the training from Mark was superbly delivered and thought-provoking, with lots of useful resources to refer back to. But of course, the biggest reason it’s been so good overall is because of the enjoyment and satisfaction I get from speaking regularly with my brilliant mentee.”

Steve Gardam, Mentor 2020

Director, Roald Dahl Museum

For mentees

Included in the programme is a half-day mentee training session with our mentoring expert, to help you get the most out of the experience and think about how to set your goals.

Mentoring helps you to:

  • Get a unique opportunity to meet and learn from a senior peer in the commercial cultural sector
  • Identify solutions and actions
  • Set appropriate goals and assess progress
  • Commit to action and develop lasting personal change and growth
  • Continually improve your abilities and develop new skills
  • Based on countless case studies, mentoring may prove to be one of the most valuable aids to a mentee’s professional and personal development

For mentors

Mentors, not only is this a valuable opportunity to pass on your experience and give something back to the sector, but integrating simple performance coaching techniques can help you to get the best out of your team. You will:

  • Get a full days mentoring training from an expert
  • Use questioning techniques in order to identify solutions and actions
  • Support your mentee in setting appropriate goals and methods of assessing progress
  • Encourage a commitment to action and the development of lasting personal change and growth
  • Encourage your mentee to continually improve competencies and to develop new skills

Get ready for the programme. Enrol in a FREE 1 hour micro-course

We’re pleased to announce the participants of the 2021-2022 Cultural Enterprises Mentoring Programme:

2021 Mentors
  • Tom Campbell, Director of Operations & Visitor Services, The ICA
  • Robert Gill, Head of Retail, Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Amanda Pearlman, Head of Retail and Commercial Events, Southbank Centre
  • Simon Prager, Head of Commercial Operations, The Tank Museum
  • Caroline Reid, Head of Merchandising and Retail, National Trust for Scotland
  • Catherine Smith, Head of Retail, Abbey Road Studios
2021 Mentees
  • Michele Doyle, Operational Duty Manager, Everyman & Playhouse Theatres
  • Kate Grindal, Retail Manager, Cadw – Welsh Heritage
  • Panagiota Kotoula, Retail Manager, Ministry of Stories
  • Georgina Lewis, Head of Development, Migration Museum
  • Maud Stiegler, Retail Operations Coordinator, Royal Opera House
  • Christina Wood, Event Sales Manager, Natural History Museum
Participants of the 2020-2021 programme:
2020 Mentors
  • Kalwinder Bhogal, Head of Marketing NGC, National Gallery
  • Meghan Cole, Head of Retail & Product Development, Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Gabriela Gandolfini, Head of Visitor Experience, Royal Opera House
  • Steve Gardam, Director, Roald Dahl Museum
  • Paul Griffiths, Director, Painshill Park Trust
  • Amy Huntington, Head of Exhibitions & Events, Mall Galleries
  • Rita Rooney, Retail Buying & Merchandising Manager, Museum of London.
2020 Mentees
  • Judy Chance, Museum Manager, British Golf Museum
  • Alice Escott, Shop Supervisor, Exeter Cathedral
  • Kate Kendall, Retail Merchandiser, Barbican Centre
  • Katrine Moller, Interim Retail Manager, South London Gallery
  • Danielle Sargent, Retail Manager, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
  • Rebecca Toyne, Senior Gift Buyer, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Emma Wickham, Head of Operations, Lighthouse

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