Alumni Leadership Mentoring

This is a unique one year opportunity to learn from Birmingham alumni mentors who are experts in their field and want to help you succeed after graduation! Open to undergraduates who are currently in their penultimate year (including those on a year abroad), and medical and dental students in their 3rd and 4th year.

 

What is the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme?

The Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme is a unique one year opportunity to learn from one of our expert Birmingham alumni mentors, by receiving tailored advice to help you maximise the rest of your time at university.

Mentoring is an opportunity to receive one to one advice and guidance from a professional working in your chosen sector. A mentor shares their knowledge, skills and experience to help you progress in your career

It is about more than giving advice, it’s about motivating and empowering and helping you to understand yourself and your aims – and how you can get there.

Benefits for you

It’s a one-off 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
  • Establish a professional relationship whilst still at university
  • Sound out your ideas and goals
  • Meet fellow students with a similar strive to succeed after graduation

Apply in your penultimate year, then if successful receive one to one mentoring support during your final year to help you with the tranisition from graduation to employment. 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

How to apply

Open to undergraduates in their penultimate year. Plus medical and dental science students in their third or fourth year. 

The application process is split into two parts:

1.  Application form - Applications for this year are now closed and will re-open in Spring term 2018. Application support can be found here.

2. Interview – if you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview. This is an opportunity to bring your application to life and meet a friendly panel who would like to find out more about what you hope to gain from your chosen mentor(s). 

Key dates

  • Interviews: usually take place between 6-14 June for non-medical mentors and 28-29 June for medical mentors
  • Outcome of interview: for non medical mentors we will try to notify you in mid-June. Please note some mentors may make the final decision themselves so time is allowed in case a mentor is out of the country. For medical mentors most decisions will be made by mid-July.

Timeline for mentees

  • Mentees to provide a short biography to send to mentors by 4 September. 
  • Group mentee induction: week commencing 2 October (date and time confirmed nearer the time). 
  • Mentoring occurs from October 2017 to June 2018. 
  • All mentees to send regular progress updates and blogs throughout the programme. 
  • Celebration event occurs in July 2018. 

Meet the mentors  

Our mentors have a wealth of experience to offer and cross over a number of different sectors. You can take a look at all the mentors on the scheme below and also view them by sector:

View all mentors

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: Founder of Boyds
Course: 
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.
 

AlanDaveyAlan Davey

Current position: Controller, BBC Radio 3
Course: BA, English, 1982
Expertise: Drama, theatre arts or music, or those with an interest in the arts and arts Management.



Andrew Garner

Andrew 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
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1976
Expertise: Medicine, careers in the health sector and trained surgeon.


Barry CockcroftDr Barry Cockcroft

Current position: Retired Chief Dental Officer, currently non-executive director at UK Corporate provider of dentistry ‘MyDentist’ 
Course: 
BDS, Dentistry, 1973
Expertise: Dentistry, dental hygiene, biomedical materials science and other health related courses.

Baroness Doreen MasseyBaroness Doreen Massey

Current position: Labour Peer in the House of Lords and member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe
Course: 
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.  

CillaSnowballCilla Snowball CBE

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

 

Dr Jane CollinsDr Jane Collins

Current position: Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1978
Expertise: Charities, third sector, healthcare, business.

 
 

Jane LodgeJane Lodge

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

 

Louise BarnesLouise Barnes

Current position: CEO, Crew Clothing Company
Course: 
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.
Course: 
BCom Commerce with Spanish, 2004
Expertise: Politics, Government, International Relations, Social Policy and environmental and energy policy.
 

Lucy Baldwin photoLucy Baldwin

Current position: Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Course: 
BSc Economics, 2004
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management. 


 

Martin DevenishMartin Devenish MBE

Current position: Board Member of S-RM, formerly known as Salamanca Risk Management
Course: 
BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management.

 

Mayank PatelMayank Patel

Current position: Group Chairman and CEO - Azibo Group
Course: 
PG Diploma, Business Administration, 1990
Expertise: Finance, investment, venture capital, and the City, and those who are entrepreneurial in any field.

 

PhyllidaLloydPhyllida Lloyd CBE

Current position: Director of plays, opera and film
Course: 
BA, Drama and English, 1979; DLitt, Honorary Degree, 2009
Expertise: Drama, Theatre Arts or English, careers in theatre, film or television.

 

Rowan Hillson photoDr Rowan Hillson MBE

Current position: National Clinical Director for Diabetes 2008-2013
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1974
Expertise: Medicine, nursing, diabetes and careers in health.

 

Sam BakerSam Baker

Current position: Former editor in chief for Red Magazine, Co-Founder and editor of ‘The Pool’
Course: 
BSoc Sc Political Science, 1987
Expertise: Journalism

 

sam-decombel1Dr Sam Decombel

Current position: Co-Founder and CSO of FitnessGenes Limited
Course: 
Biological Sciences (Genetics), 2007
Expertise: Sport, science and entrepreneurship.

 

Sarah-coxSarah Cox

Current position: Chief Operating Officer, Ofgem
Course: 
BCom, Commerce, 1988
Expertise: Politics, Social Policy, economics and business management.

 

SimonHalsey(MatthiasHeyde)Simon Halsey

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

 

almp-steve-fieldProfessor Steve Field

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



Terry MorganTerry Morgan CBE

Current position: Chairman of Crossrail
Course: 
MSc Engineering/Industrial Management
Expertise: Engineering 

 

 

Valerie Hughes-D'AethValerie Hughes-D’Aeth

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

 

 

Arts, Drama, Theatre, Music

AlanDaveyAlan Davey

Current position: Controller, BBC Radio 3
Course: BA, English, 1982
Expertise: Drama, theatre arts or music, or those with an interest in the arts and arts Management.

 

PhyllidaLloydPhyllida Lloyd CBE

Current position: Director of plays, opera and film
Course: 
BA, Drama and English, 1979; DLitt, Honorary Degree, 2009
Expertise: Drama, Theatre Arts or English, careers in theatre, film or television.

 

SimonHalsey(MatthiasHeyde)Simon Halsey

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

 

Advertising, Marketing

CillaSnowballCilla Snowball CBE

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

 

Louise BarnesLouise Barnes

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

Business, 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

  

Dr Jane CollinsDr Jane Collins

Current position: Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1978
Expertise: Charities, third sector, healthcare, business.

 
 

Jane LodgeJane Lodge

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

 

Louise BarnesLouise Barnes

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

Lucy Baldwin photoLucy Baldwin

Current position: Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Course: 
BSc Economics, 2004
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management. 


 

Martin DevenishMartin Devenish MBE

Current position: Board Member of S-RM, formerly known as Salamanca Risk Management
Course: 
BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management.

 

Mayank PatelMayank Patel

Current position: Group Chairman and CEO - Azibo Group
Course: 
PG Diploma, Business Administration, 1990
Expertise: Finance, investment, venture capital, and the City, and those who are entrepreneurial in any field.

 

Valerie Hughes-D'AethValerie Hughes-D’Aeth

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

 

Charities/third sector

Dr Jane CollinsDr Jane Collins

Current position: Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1978
Expertise: Charities, third sector, healthcare, business.

 
 

Consultancy

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: CEO at Boyds
Course: 
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.

 

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

  

Jane LodgeJane Lodge

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

 

Economics

Lucy Baldwin photoLucy Baldwin

Current position: Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Course: 
BSc Economics, 2004
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management. 


 

Martin DevenishMartin Devenish MBE

Current position: Board Member of S-RM, formerly known as Salamanca Risk Management
Course: 
BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management.

 

Education

Baroness Doreen MasseyBaroness Doreen Massey

Current position: Labour Peer in the House of Lords and member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe
Course: 
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.  

Engineering

Terry MorganTerry Morgan CBE

Current position: Chairman of Crossrail
Course: 
MSc Engineering/Industrial Management
Expertise: Engineering 

 

Enterprise

Louise BarnesLouise Barnes

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

Martin DevenishMartin Devenish MBE

Current position: Board Member of S-RM, formerly known as Salamanca Risk Management
Course: 
BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management.

 

Mayank PatelMayank Patel

Current position: Group Chairman and CEO - Azibo Group
Course: 
PG Diploma, Business Administration, 1990
Expertise: Finance, investment, venture capital, and the City, and those who are entrepreneurial in any field.

 

sam-decombel1Sam Decombel

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

 

Finance

Jane LodgeJane Lodge

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

 

Lucy Baldwin photoLucy Baldwin

Current position: Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Course: 
BSc Economics, 2004
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management. 


 

Martin DevenishMartin Devenish MBE

Current position: Board Member of S-RM, formerly known as Salamanca Risk Management
Course: 
BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986
Expertise: Finance, prime brokerage and account management.

 

Mayank PatelMayank Patel

Current position: Group Chairman and CEO - Azibo Group
Course: 
PG Diploma, Business Administration, 1990
Expertise: Finance, investment, venture capital, and the City, and those who are entrepreneurial in any field.

 

Government, Politics

Luciana BergerLuciana Berger

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

Sarah-coxSarah Cox

Current position: Chief Operating Officer, Ofgem
Course: 
BCom, Commerce, 1988
Expertise: Politics, Social Policy, economics and business management.

 

Healthcare

almp-steve-fieldProfessor Steve Field

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

 

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: CEO at Boyds
Course: 
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.

 

Andrew Vallance-OwenDr Andrew Vallance-Owen

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


Barry CockcroftDr Barry Cockcroft

Current position: Retired Chief Dental Officer, currently non-executive director at UK Corporate provider of dentistry ‘MyDentist’ 
Course: 
BDS, Dentistry, 1973
Expertise: Dentistry, dental hygiene, biomedical materials science and other health related courses.

Baroness Doreen MasseyBaroness Doreen Massey

Current position: Labour Peer in the House of Lords and member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe
Course: 
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.

Dr Jane CollinsDr Jane Collins

Current position: Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1978
Expertise: Charities, third sector, healthcare, business.

 
 

Rowan Hillson photoDr Rowan Hillson MBE

Current position: National Clinical Director for Diabetes 2008-2013
Course: 
MBChB, Medicine, 1974
Expertise: Medicine, nursing, diabetes and careers in health.


Human Resources (HR)

Valerie Hughes-D'AethValerie Hughes-D’Aeth

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

 

Journalism

Sam BakerSam Baker

Current position: Former editor in chief for Red Magazine, Co-Founder and editor of ‘The Pool’
Course:
BSoc Sc Political Science, 1987
Expertise: Journalism 

 

Life Sciences

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: Founder of Boyds
Course: 
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.

 

Pharmaceutical

almp-alan-boydProfessor Alan Boyd

Current position: CEO at Boyds
Course: 
Biochemistry, 1977
Expertise: This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career.

 

Social Care/Work

Baroness Doreen MasseyBaroness Doreen Massey

Current position: Labour Peer in the House of Lords and member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe
Course: 
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.  

Sarah-coxSarah Cox

Current position: Chief Operating Officer, Ofgem
Course: 
BCom, Commerce, 1988
Expertise: Politics, Social Policy, economics and business management.