NZBWN Mentoring Programme

Our unique mentoring programme is an ongoing initiative that enables network members to jump-start their own individual journeys towards overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and realising their aspirations in any area of their life.

The programme embraces our values to Learn, Inspire and Connect and helps micro communities of support to form within our network to actively encourage and nurture each other’s growth.

So what does the programme look like?

It is a face-to-face long-term themed peer-mentoring programme comprised of multiple mentoring groups that are being rolled out over time. Each mentoring group consists of six selected individuals united by a common theme. The initial six sessions are led by a mentor who will provide leadership and guidance. After those initial sessions the groups are encouraged to continue with group-facilitated peer-mentoring.

Every group offers network members a supportive environment to unlock their potential and enables esteemed leaders from within the network to give-back to our community by sharing their wisdom, experience, best practices, and connections.

Mentor group members will be challenged, motivated, and/or inspired in ways that help them identify opportunities, evaluate options and overcome obstacles.


"I gained a much better grasp of how investors and business people look at strategy, information, products, etc and a fresh boost of confidence to grow my business to the next level. The mentoring programme gave me a precious opportunity to be listened to and evaluated by an accomplished businesswoman with real-life experience of how things work. Our mentor was engaged, thoughtful, and innovative --- and getting her pragmatic advice and guidance was a real benefit. She was highly supportive and encouraging of my business aspirations, opportunities, and challenges, but didn't sugar-coat what business is really all about. Our mentee group collectively represented a wealth of experience and the ideas and enthusiasm of the group was invigorating."

Louise Chunn, Founder of Welldoing ( UK-wide find a therapist directory site and wellbeing resource

Programme Principles:

• Supported: Small supportive groups where confidentiality is respected.

• Open: Receptive and honest groups that challenge each other to extend the boundaries of their comfort levels.

• Progressive: Ensure everyone finishes better equipped than they started.

• Respectful: Willingness to learn from a diverse group that values each other’s input.

• Curious: An attitude of interest and curiosity, open to considering everything.

• Generous: The more each member gives their group the more they will gain individually.

• Committed: Fully embracing group and self development requires 100% attendance.


Programmes starting September 2019:

Programme One

Growing your Career - Against the odds - Applications closed

We are thrilled to offer you this opportunity to participate in our upcoming mentoring group: "Growing your career - against the odds", starting on the 9th of September 2019.

We all experience bumps in the road during our career and sometimes despite our best efforts it feels like we aren’t getting anywhere. With life pulling us in all directions sometimes it feels like we have to make a choice between home and work.

Over 6 sessions you will work with your mentor and 5 other women to help you get clarity on your career and find the little steps that will get it moving in the right direction. By supporting the other women in your group you will get the support you need to navigate the difficult complexities of work and life, and to find the mix that will benefit you inside and outside work.

  • Dates: Fortnightly sessions starting 9th September 2019 
  • Group times:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Ozone Cafe, Old Street, EC2A 4AQ
  • Tickets: £150 for the 12 week programme

Your mentor: Jude Sclater

Jude Sclater is a performance coach who helps organisations and individuals do business better. She finds it inspiring working with people to help them become clearer about their vision and she gets a real kick out of seeing people achieve more than they ever imagined possible.

Her own career journey has taught her that anything is possible. She went from studying psychology and information systems at Victoria University, to teaching English in Brazil, to being an auditor and project manager before heading back to university to do a Masters in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck. After 8 years as team and leadership development specialist at Deloitte she now runs her own consultancy, Think with Jude.



Programme Two

"Mind the Gap"Applications closed

Finding your purpose and navigating your way back into the work force.

This programme’s theme will straddle two concepts of re-entering the work force after a career break, as well as explore what it is you really want to be doing.

Claire will be covering what gets in the way of us doing what it is we  really want, as well as where fear really comes from and how we can be our best selves consistently, in spite of those feelings.

  • Dates: Mainly Fortnightly sessions starting 3rd September 2019 (please see application link for complete list of dates)
  • Group times:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: NZ House, Haymarket, SW1Y 4TQ
  • Tickets: £150 for the 12 week programme

Your mentor: Claire Sewell

With over 15 years in the corporate world in sales and business  development, Claire has spent 10 years leading and coaching sales  teams.  With a lifelong interest in human potential and its variances, Claire has spent the last five years studying thought intelligence and its impact on performance and our ability to operate at our best, more consistently. 

Claire has an ability to connect on a deep level with people, understand their fears, challenges and concerns and point them in a more powerful and constructive direction to uncover their limitless potential.  Passionate about supporting others to create results, Claire’s clients gain insights leading to genuine transformation in the areas of career development, peak performance, creativity, leadership and understanding who they truly are and what they’re capable of.


Programme Three

Start Up & Scale Up - Applications closed

We are thrilled to offer you this unique opportunity to participate in our upcoming Start Up & Scale Up mentoring group, starting on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

This mentoring programme is for you if you have started your own business or are already running a business and are looking to grow and scale. Topics can be tailored to cover the needs of the group and can include the journey of developing a business and learning the essential influences and skills for taking your business to the next level.

  • Dates: Fortnightly sessions starting Wednesday, 11th September 2019 (please see application link for complete list of dates)
  • Group times:  6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: TBC - Central London 
  • Tickets: £150 for the 12 week programme

Your mentor: Joanna Alpe

Joanna had a misspent youth photographing the biggest acts of the 00s like Bjork, Rage Against the Machine, Dizzie Rascal, Kasbian, Arcade Fire and many more.  A few companies later, she led the founding of Makelight - an innovative mobile special effects & audience insight platform that turns people into pixels in 2012.

Under her leadership, Makelight was named in the Startup's 100 list in 2014 and Joanna was personally named as one of the Top UK Digital Innovators for her achievements founding Makelight.  She led the company to win multiple Event Technology Awards including winning a place for Makelight in Telefonica's prestigious Wayra UK academy in 2012.  She has raised investment in the UK and in Silicon Valley and lead the commercial advancements of the company, exporting Makelight Mobile Special Effects to the USA and beyond.  She was also a member of the Tech Crunch Disrupt winning hackathon team in 2015 and 2016.  She was awarded an exceptional talent in digital innovation endorsement from Tech Nation.

Joanna now works as a startup mentor, strategic advisor and consultant to technology driven projects, while also speaking internationally and guest lecturing on entrepreneurship and creative technology.


Past themes:

  • Empowering new leaders to positively impact their teams (started February 2015)
  • Scaling up and taking your business to the next level (started March 2015)
  • Moving from start-up idea to start-up reality (started April 2015)
  • Successfully progressing your career (started October 2015)
  • Clarity around your career change (started November 2015)
  • Changing direction in your career (started November 2015)
  • Traversing change #1 & #2 (started May 2016)
  • Getting a board role (started May 2016)
  • Careers & Staying relevant in the marketplace (started May 2017)
  • Traversing change #3 (started September 2017)
  • Freelancing - preparing to go it alone! (started September 2017)
  • Starting and Growing your business (January 2018)
  • Changing Direction in your career (January 2018)
  • Hustle & Hush (May 2018)
  • Leadership & Influence (May & September 2018, April 2019)
  • Public Speaking (September 2018)
  • Career Acceleration (April 2019)
  • Scale your Business (April 2019)

Potential future themes:

  • Creative Industry
  • Productivity
  • Traversing a major change - be that in business, career, lifestyle or location
  • Business Development - creating opportunities for new business value

 New themes will be added subject to demand and identifying suitable mentors. Take a look at the themes that NZBWN members have told us they would like to see as part of the programme.


"I found the NZBWN Mentoring Group for “growing your business” to be of real benefit.  It was a great forum to meet other Kiwi women who were at different stages with their businesses but were struggling with similar questions and problems.  Although everyone’s business was very different, there were similar challenges and it was great to hear each individual’s approach and get suggestions from the group.  Emma Loisel, who lead the group was brilliant.  Her knowledge and energy was very inspiring and having her ask us the tough questions about our businesses was a great way to learn what’s important and where we should focus.  This has really helped me to understand what I should be focussing on at this point and what key metrics I needed to understand to help take my business to the next stage.  If you have reached a plateau within your business or are not sure where you need to focus to grow your business, I would recommend joining one of the NZBWN mentoring groups."

Bridgette Sinclair, Associate Director, Australasian Recruitment Company (


 "I was in the very fortunate position to be in attendance of Jude's first mentoring group. When I enrolled I had reached a point in my life that I knew I needed change but didn't know what or how. She used techniques that made us as individuals think and then challenge each other in the safe group environment and from that began to construct some deep motives and ultimately plans to set goals to achieve those dreams. In a visual way to describe how I felt, I was like a volcano about to burst but the eruption would have been ugly and all over the place making a mess.  However since undertaking the course with Jude's guidance now still feel like I'm a volcano but with a positive energy and clear channels for it to go. I have since gone on to make those life changes with a complete career change and long term goals set for what I ultimately want to achieve. I went onto read and learn about other changes to compliment what had been started. Jude is very gentle in her approach but when things go off track she guides it back to the core but she creates it by not telling us what to do but by challenging our own thinking and making us responsible for our own thoughts and actions. Can't recommend more highly!" 

Miriam Ingram, Photographer turned Property Developer



mentor applyAs new themes and groups are continuously launched it is important to be a member of the NZBWN to receive all the latest information. For more details about the application process and how to apply to be on the mentor programme, click here.

If you have any questions or queries about this initiative, please contact the Mentor Programme Team: