30% Club cross-company mentoring programme 2018–19


Dame Helena Morrissey founded this programme in 2014 and it has grown year-on-year.  In the last six years it has become the world's largest cross-company mentoring scheme, attracting more than 4,000 mentors and mentees from some 235 different organisations. Participating organisations include Deloitte, BT, British Army, Marks & Spencer, Aviva, PwC, London Stock Exchange Group, BNY Mellon and the Environment Agency to name but a few. 

The next programme commences in October 2019. To express your interest - contact Kate@women-ahead.org today.  
The programme, which Women Ahead manage for the 30% Club, aims to develop the diversity and inclusion of organisations, and the pipeline and parity of women at all levels of the career pyramid. The ultimate aim is to attract, develop and retain women into board roles.
Our recent research tells us that the programme is creating tangible positive change for mentees and mentors, including career advancement, increased confidence, expanded networks and personal skills development.  


Mentees are women at all levels of the career pyramid. Mentors are male and female leaders with more than 15 years' experience, up to FTSE-100 chairman level. 

Participating organisations nominate equal numbers of mentors and mentees (up to 30 pairs) who are then expertly matched to a leader from another organisation by the Women Ahead team using profile information and insights.

Mentors and mentees receive briefings, world-class mentoring materials and optional monthly events to accelerate their learning, networks and mentoring skills. 

Each organisation has a ‘programme partner’ who is the main contact for Women Ahead and mentors and mentees.

All briefings, materials and communications for mentors and mentees are provided by the Women Ahead team to make this easy and low-impact on the programme partner’s time.


6th September 2019 – mentor and mentee nomination and profile submission deadline

Mid October 2019 – matching of mentors and mentees and central London launch event

Worth noting:

Your organisation does not have to be a member of the 30% Club to participate. 

Many HMT Women in Finance Charter signatories are using this scheme as a practical and proven deliverable to enable achievement of their gender aspirations. 

Our team can work with you to help advise around how to nominate and invite mentors and mentees based on the programme experience. 

Organisational conflicts of interest are noted and matches are made accordingly. 

What next: 

Please contact Kate@women-ahead.org or Liz Dimmock (30% Steering Committee Member and Women Ahead CEO): liz@women-ahead.org