Alumni Leadership Mentoring


This scheme started in 2011, where a Birmingham alumna wanted to share the wealth of knowledge she has gained through her career with current Birmingham students. Careers Network have collaborated with the Alumni Office to find leadership mentors who are all passionate about helping you to achieve your goals and offer you invaluable advice that some people may not receive until years after graduation. 

Why should you apply?

It’s a unique opportunity to challenge yourself and reach your potential by receiving invaluable feedback from extremely knowledgeable mentors.  

  • Gain real insight into a sector and a management role within this
  • Build your contacts within a professional environment
  • Sound out your ideas and goals
  • Meet fellow students with a similar strive to succeed after graduation

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.


Open to all undergraduate students.

Application process - how to apply 

Applications are closed for this year and will re-open in March 2016.


For current mentees in 2015-16:

  • Mentees provide a short biography by 7 September 2015
  • Mentee induction training in September 2015
  • Mentoring occurs from October 2015 to June 2016
  • Mentee reflection session in January 2016
  • Celebration event in June/July 2016


All of our mentors are proud to be Birmingham graduates who have gone above and beyond to reach their goals in order to be the best in their field. This is a chance for you to gain priceless advice from alumni who understand what it is like to be a student here at Birmingham but also have the wealth of professional experience to share. 

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: Managing Director at Boyd's
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.


AlanDaveyAlan Davey

Current position: Controller at Radio 3
BA, English, 1982
Expertise: This mentor may be of interest to students of Drama, Theatre Arts or Music, or those with an interest in the Arts and Arts Management.


Andrew GarnerAndrew Garner

Current position: Executive Search and Career Management Consultant
Course: BCom, Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1965
Expertise: Relates to all disciplines and interests in leadership, management and networking


Andrew Vallance-OwenDr Andrew Vallance-Owen

Current position: Former Bupa Group Medical Director and Bupa Foundation Deputy Chair
MBChB, Medicine, 1976
Expertise: Medicine, careers in the health sector and trained surgeon.

Barry CockcroftBarry Cockcroft

Current position: Chief Dental Officer
BDS, Dentistry, 1973
Expertise: Dentistry, dental hygiene, biomedical materials science and other health related courses.


CillaSnowballCilla Snowball CBE

Current position: Group Chairman and Group CEO, AMV BBDO
BA, French, 1981
Expertise: Creative careers – advertising and communications. 


Baroness Doreen MasseyBaroness Doreen Massey

Current position: Chair, The National Treatment Agency For Substance Misuse
PGCE, Education, 1962; BA, French Language & Literature, 1961
Expertise: Social Work, Social Policy, Education or Languages and careers in health, social care, policy or campaigning.  


Jane LodgeJane Lodge

Current position: Non-Executive Director and former Partner, Deloitte
BSc Geological Sciences, 1976
Expertise: Consultancy, business management, international careers, manufacturing and leadership positions. 


Ian-MinardsIan Minards

Current position: Product Development Director, Aston Martin
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Engineering, product development and manufacturing.


Louise BarnesLouise Barnes

Current position: CEO, Crew Clothing Company
BCom, French, 1986
Expertise: Enterprise, business management, product/brand development and marketing.

Luciana BergerLuciana Berger

Current position: Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree
BCom Commerce with Spanish, 2004
Expertise: Politics, Government, International Relations, Social Policy and environmental and energy policy.

Mayank PatelMayank Patel

Current position: Group Chairman & CEO - Azibo Group
PG Diploma, Business Administration, 1990
Expertise: Finance, investment, venture capital and entrepreneurial


PatienceWheatcroftBaroness Patience Wheatcroft

Current position: Working peer and company director
LLB, Law, 1972
Expertise: Journalism, economics or politics.


PhyllidaLloydPhyllida Lloyd CBE

Current position: Director of plays, opera and film
BA, French, 1981
Expertise: Drama, Theatre Arts or English, careers in theatre, film or television.


no-imageDr Rowan Hillson MBE

Current position: National Clinical Director for Diabetes
MBChB, Medicine, 1974
Expertise: Medicine, nursing, diabetes and careers in health.


sam-decombel1Sam Decombel

Current position: Co-Founder and COO of MuscleGenes Limited
Biological Sciences (Genetics), 2007
Expertise: Sport, science or entrepreneurship.


Sarah-coxSarah Cox

Current position: Director, Cabinet Office
BCom, Commerce, 1988
Expertise: Politics, Social Policy, economics and business management.


SimonHalsey(MatthiasHeyde)Simon Halsey

Current position: Chorus Director, City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses
DMus, Honorary Degree, 2008
Expertise: Music and choral careers. 


almp-steve-fieldProfessor Steve Field

Current position: Chief Inspector of General Practice, Care Quality Commission
Medicine, 1982
Expertise: Health care sector. 


Valerie Hughes-D'AethValerie Hughes-D’Aeth

Current position: HR Director, BBC
BCom, Commerce, 1981
Expertise: HR, management, leadership roles and/or construction management 


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