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Our Mentors

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Mentors are at the heart of the Leadership Programme, and as Durham alumni and partners of Durham University, they know the unique benefits of a Durham degree.

As a mentor, you will provide personalised mentoring to a student who is part of the Leadership Academy, matched to them based upon your own experience and expertise. Mentors provide support to mentees across a number of key areas, including personal growth as a responsible and ethical member of the Durham University community, developing as a student leader, and preparing for a career after leaving Durham.

Mentors also provide guidance on leading a team in whatever context the student is working, whether that is a university club, society, college exec, or professional capacity, helping to develop important graduate attributes with their mentee, strengthening their skillset and employability.

Our current mentors are from many different sectors, some of which have been part of the Mentoring Programme for over 10 years. You could be part of this growing alumni network, which includes:

  • Sarah Castle: the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee of the UK
  • David Sproxton: one of the co-founders of Aardman Animations
  • Taz Phiri: Humanitarian Specialist for UNICEF
  • Sophie Hoskins: Olympic Gold Medallist in Rowing
  • Sir Clive Johnstone: Vice-Admiral of the Royal Navy and Commander of NATO Maritime Command
  • James Close: Head of Climate Change at NatWest
  • Jonathan Mortimer: Director of Deloitte Australia
  • Madeleine Ridout: Orchestra Manager for the English National Opera
  • Maali Quasem Khader: CEO of Middle East Institute of Directors and Founder and CEO of Schema
  • Robin Fieth: CEO for Building Societies Association

Becoming a Mentor

If you would like to become a Mentor as part of the Leadership Academy at Durham University, please contact Chantelle Cumming, Leadership and Laidlaw Senior Manager.

University student
Thank you so much for everything you have done and are doing to make the programme what it is… from maintaining mentor relationships, matching us so well, and giving us so many opportunities for learning and development.

Keishia Quijano: Student, Leadership Academy 2020
Mentor: Robin Fieth, Chief Executive, Building Societies Association