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Mentors page

The 2015-16 second year programme has just been completed and saw our senior management ‘Executive Mentor’s’ add their wealth of experience and knowledge, to successfully support the LAP delegates through another year of leadership learning and development.

As with the pilot programme 2014-15, the mentors had a range of professional backgrounds and expertise. Many of them had mentoring experience and some joined as first time mentors.

Not all the mentors had lived experience of disability or a long-term health conditions, however, this platform allows for the integration of personal experiences and challenges faced by employees who do have lived experience of disability.

It is fair to say that, all expressed views and feelings that this opportunity to mentor was beneficial to both their personal and professional growth and that they learnt a great deal not just from the mentor training, but from each other as mentors and through sharing the experiences of each of their individual journeys with their delegates.

Please see below some comments from the mentors training;

“The session was enjoyable and informative. I gained an understanding more about the LAP and its context  and feel that there is a Good learning and support network”

Catherine Macadam | Coach/Mentor and Consultant 

“I really liked the fact that previous mentors were there to give their experience, I also liked the fact that the slide deck was sent out post the day. The mentor mentee information pack was also good”.

Lorraine Hitchman | FInstSMM Managing Director | PSTA Ltd 

“Being seated next to two mentors who themselves had a disability made me appreciate some of the challenges faced (from talking to them about their own work experience).”

David Thomas | Technology Overhaul Programme Director | Knowledge and Technology Directorate| Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Some of the mentors have now completed their second year as mentors, for the programme and this we feel is evidence of the fact that real growth, development and learning is achieved by the mentors.  Whilst we are confident that many of the current mentors will wish to stay on, we are every year expanding this network of senior professionals and all form a part of and benefit from our Alumni gatherings; which take place twice a year.

Please read some of the quotes taken from our most recent mentors;

“I joined the LAP as a mentor in 2015 and was assigned my mentee in early 2016, I have found it to be incredibly rewarding, professionally and personally as the relationship with my mentee has grown and I have seen them blossom. I believe mentoring is a two way street, that as a mentor, you learn as much as that of the mentee, you see different perspectives and it enables you to reflect personally as much as it does them.

What DRUK have created with the LAP is an incredible platform which allows people with disabilities to develop new skills, to grow personally and professionally to equip them further within their careers, enabling them to continue their upward progression or to break through the barrier(s) they had in front of them”.

Andy Horne |  Supplier Management CoE Lead |  KPMG LLP | Procurement

“Mentoring on the LAP programme was a great experience for me.  

My mentee was an absolute delight to work with - she engaged really positively with the whole process and we talked about all aspects of her work. It made me realise how rare it is, for those of us with disabilities to talk openly about the impact not just on work performance but career opportunities, relationships and sense of self. And how easy it is for other people to under-estimate the ability and potential of someone with a disability.

That’s why the LAP programme is so important -  it’s not about disability, it’s about achieving potential by  building skills, self-awareness and confidence and developing individual ways of managing any impact of disability”.

Liz Pick |  CEO-Performance and Well-Being

If you are interested in applying please contact; The Leadership Academy Executive for an application or for further information;

Katrina.morris@disabilityrightsuk.org

Or please see our recruitment flyer for more information

View mentor recruitment flyer

The 2014-15 pilot programme saw some 25 senior professionals join to voluntarily support Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) delegates through the programme

Our first year’s pilot programme saw 25 executive mentors support the delegates through their leadership journeys.  As this was the pilot year mentors professionally navigated their way through providing support to their delegate whilst simultaneously, adapting to programme challenges and limited training. All we can say is a big ‘thank you’ to each of them. We not only got through the year but we evaluated an 80% success rate of delegates either going on to gain a promotion or in the very least identifying their career direction and applying for various positions. 

Mentors noted the following outcomes;

“I enhanced my skills base, and increased my knowledge of the area of employability and how living with a disability or long term health condition can affect your working environment”.

“I realised that I can make a positive impact on others, drawing on my professional experience”

“This was a good opportunity to put oneself in another person’s shoes and leverage one’s own experience to help provide guidance to someone less experienced”

Simon Lydiard | FCIPS |  Department for Transport,

For a more in depth account, please see an article written by Simon Lydiard FCIPS, Department for Transport, Deputy Director Group Commercial Services, Group Procurement Strategy, providing an insight of his personal experience and journey as a mentor on the pilot programme. We are pleased that, we will see Simon continue to mentor as a part of our year 2 programme.

We appreciate the hard work and efforts made by the mentors of the 2014-15 mentoring programme and we are fortunate enough to have some of them agreeing to stay on for a further year!