Our Mentors

Our unique and diverse group of male and female mentors enables us to match mentees with a mentor ideally suited to skill set, experience and background. We offer access to an unparalleled network of business leader including chairman, executive officers and non-executive directors from a wide range of industries, sectors and geographies.

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Dame Helen Alexander

Dame Helen Alexander, a highly successful businesswoman and outstanding mentor for Mentore since 2014, sadly passed away on 5 August 2017. We are incredibly grateful for the time she spent with our mentees and how she shared her trailblazing business experience and successes with unwavering encouragement and passion. Dame Helen is a truly inspirational role model for all women and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.


Jan Babiak

Independent Non-Executive Director, Bank of Montreal, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc, (Chair, Audit Committee)

Jan Babiak spent 28 years with Ernst & Young before starting her ‘portfolio career’ in 2010.  At EY, she held board level and global leadership roles over Technology Security and Risk Services...

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Baroness Karren Brady

Vice Chairwoman, West Ham FC, NED Arcadia, SyCo, Author and TV personality

Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice, one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers and she is a non-executive of Arcadia and Syco.


David Buckley

Chairman of Redwood Bank (Limited), Non-executive Director, CIBC World Markets plc, former European CFO for Morgan Stanley and International Treasurer for Goldman Sachs

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Sir Roger Carr

Chairman BAe Systems, Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust, Senior Advisor to KKR, Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc. He is also Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust and a senior advisor to KKR – the world’s largest private equity company.

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Denise Collis

Non-executive Director, Connect Group PLC

Denise joined the board of Connect Group in 2015 and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. She is also on the Advisory Council and Chairs the Remuneration Committee for the British Heart Foundation, Vice Chair of the International Advisory Board to Leeds University Business School, and as an Advisory Board member to Exeter University Business School.

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Nick Candler

Nick chairs Cook, a “B Corp” and one of the UK’s leading frozen food manufacturers and retailers, and Project Artworks, a leading charity helping those with neurological impairment through art.


Simon Collins

Former UK Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG

Until 2017 Simon was the UK Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG, a member of the KPMG Global Executive Team and Board and the Chairman of KPMG Gulf Holdings.

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Russell Chambers

Senior Advisor Credit Suisse, Bain Capital

Russell is one of the founders of Mentore. He is a Senior Advisor to both Bain Capital and Credit Suisse with many years of exposure to corporate clients in the UK...

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Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper is the founding Chairperson and President of the Big Win Philanthropies, an organization that supports charitable initiatives based on the case for investing in emerging populations, including recognising their integral value to future economic growth and national stability.


Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE

Lord Davies is a Partner and the Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services.


James Dewar

Independent Non-Executive Director (“NED”) and Audit Committee Chair for Ambit Energy Corporation, Non-Executive Chairman of lifetile, Non-Executive Advisory role for Audere Solutions Limited


Marisa Drew

Managing Director, Credit Suisse, Co-Head of Investment Banking Department – EMEA, Global Co-Head of Global Markets Solutions Group

Marisa Drew is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London.


Sir Charles Dunstone

Chairman Dixons Carphone, Talk Talk, Interim Chairman YouView TV Ltd

Sir Charles Dunstone is Chairman of both Dixons Carphone plc & TalkTalk plc. In 1989, Dunstone set up Carphone Warehouse(CPW) with £6,000 of his savings and began selling mobile phones out of his flat in Marylebone.

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Belinda Earl

Marks and Spencer

Belinda joined M&S as Style Director in 2012 and is on the Board of the M&S Archive (CIC). She has held the positions of CEO of Debenhams (2000-2003) and CEO of Jaeger (2004-2011).

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Stuart Fletcher

Stuart has a portfolio of roles encompassing: Angel Investing, Non-Executive roles for privately owned businesses, Trustee and Advisory Board roles in the not-for-profit sector and mentoring for CEO’s and senior leaders.

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Mary Francis CBE

Senior Independent Director, Centrica, Non-Executive Director Swiss Re, Senior Adviser Chatham House

Mary Francis is a non executive Director of three multinational companies: Barclays, Swiss Re and Ensco (an offshore drilling group)...


John Gildersleeve

Chairman, British Land, Deputy Chairman Carphone Warehouse, Talk Talk Telecom

John Gildersleeve is chairman of British Land and is deputy chairman of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC. He was formerly deputy chairman and senior independent director of Spire Healthcare Group plc


Valerie Gooding CBE

Chairman, Premier Farnell, Non-Executive Director TUI Travel, Vodafone Group, Lead Non Exec Director for UK Home Office

Val is Chairman of Premier Farnell plc. She is a non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank plc, XL Group plc, the Lawn Tennis Association and...


Fru Hazlitt

Managing Director of Commercial & Online, ITV

Fru is MD of Commercial, Online and Interactive at ITV. She is is responsible for all broadcast revenues across the group and is also leading Pay TV, multi- platform development and Total Value creation for programme brands.

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David Gregson

Chairman, Lawn Tennis Association, and CRI, Director, London Legacy Development Corporation

David is Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, and of CRI, a leading UK health and social care charity.  


Philip N Green CBE

Non-Executive Chairman of Logicor, Carillion Plc, and BakerCorp Inc; Chairman designate Williams & Glyn; Senior Independent Director Saga Plc

Philip is chairman of Carillion PLC, the international construction and service business and non-executive chairman at BakerCorp, the Permira owned industrial services company in the US...

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David Harris

Former Co-CEO and Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells

David Harris was Co-CEO and Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells, a leading global law firm, for nearly 10 years. He retired from Hogan Lovells at the end of June 2014, having been with the firm for 32 years, 28 years as a partner.


Rt Hon Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington

Privy Councillor, House of Lords

Margaret Jay’s career has combined experience at a senior level in Government public life, the media and business.
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John Howland Jackson

Former Senior Managing Director & Special Advisor to the Board ING Bank NV

John Howland Jackson is a seasoned banker with over 40 years of Commercial and Investment Banking experience at some of the world's largest financial institutions.


Baroness Tessa Jowell

Member of Parliament

Baroness Tessa Jowell served as a Member of Parliament for 23 years. She stood down at the last Election and now sits in the House of Lords as the Baroness Jowell of Brixton.


Lady Barbara Judge CBE

Lady Barbara Judge CBE is the Chairman of the Institute of Directors and the Pension Protection Fund, as well as Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, having been its Chairman from 2004-2010. 


Pinky Lilani OBE DL

Leader Asian Women in Business, Inspiring Women’s Awards

Pinky Lilani OBE, Founder, Inspirational Women’s Network in partnership with J.P. Morgan. Pinky is one of the most passionate, inspirational supporters of women, of all colours and creeds, in Britain.


Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director, Department of Education and Bath University

Ruby is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include the Department of Education and Bath University.


Nicky Moffat CBE

Leadership Consultant and Speaker, ex Brigadier General British Army

Nicky Moffat’s broader experience spans strategy, policy, finance, governance and audit roles in Army Headquarters, the Ministry of Defence and at the heart of Government...


Baroness Sally Morgan

Non-Executive Director Dixons Carphone, Chairman OFSTED, Advisor to the board of ARK (education charity)

Baroness Morgan is Chair of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Vice Chair of the Council of Kings College, University of London.


Barry O'Brien

European Chairman of M&A, Corporate Finance for Jefferies

Barry O’Brien is the European Chairman of M&A and Corporate Finance for Jefferies, the international investment bank...


Nicole Paradise

Consultant Nabarro LLP

Nicole Paradise was Managing Partner of Nabarro LLP, a top 25 law firm from 1999- 2011. During that time she was a member of the Partnership Board and chaired the Executive Committee which was responsible for all the management aspects of the business.


Gavin Patterson

Chief Executive BT Group plc

Gavin Patterson, 47, was appointed Chief Executive BT Group in September 2013. BT is a global communications services company which uses the power of communications to make a better world.


Sir Michael Rake, FCA, FCGI

Sir Michael Rake, knighted in 2007 is chairman of BT Group plc (2007) and Worldpay Group plc (2015) as well as deputy chairman of Barclays PLC (2012). He is also a director of McGraw Hill Financial (2008), and chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC (2010).


Dominic Reid OBE

Managing Director of the Invictus Games Foundation, Pageantmaster of the Lord Mayor’s Show and a member of the Board of Governors of the Museum of London.


Roland Rudd

Founder and Chairman Finsbury

Roland is the Founder and Chairman of Finsbury which merged in July 2011 with RLM. Before RLM Finsbury he was a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times.


Robin Saunders

Managing Partner Clearbrook Capital Partners

Robin is a founding partner of Clearbrook and also serves as its Chief Investment Officer. She has over 20 years experience leading and managing investments across Europe, the US and the Middle East.

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Ken Scott

Ken’s early career was spent in commercial banking with HSBC where he championed customer service and helped change the attitude of the retail bank.


Gillian Sheldon

Managing Director Credit Suisse, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Capita PLC

Gillian Sheldon is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in London.


Robert Swannell

Chairman Marks & Spencer

Robert Swannell was appointed a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer in October 2010 and became Chairman in January 2011. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup.


Sian Westerman

Managing Director Rothschild

Sian Westerman is a Managing Director in the Global Financial Advisory Division of Rothschild, specialising in complex mergers, acquisitions and disposals, capital raisings, corporate governance, strategic advice and investor communication issues with a...


Gareth Williams

Non-Exec Director, Saga plc

Gareth Williams is Non-Executive Director of Saga plc.

Gareth’s final year with Diageo was served as an advisor to the CEO. Previously and until June 2013, Gareth was the human resources director of Diageo plc...


Denise Wilson OBE

Non Executive Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and Chair of Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends Board and Chief Executive of the Davies Review.

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