In August 2017 the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced the creation of a one-year mentorship programme for a young woman aged between 18 and 24 year of age, to support with their career and personal aspirations.

This announcement inspired us to think about the prospect of creating more opportunities for young women to have a mentor who could support their career development. We also have a vision to increase the gender balance within management and leadership roles for women by supporting women to build their inspiration and confidence to build their own abilities for future leadership roles.

We propose to bring together 15 women who currently hold leadership / influential roles, who as a collective group, would create a mentorship programme for young women who we identify as showing leadership potential regardless of their sector, job role or current education status. All of the mentors invited are women who I hold in high regard and I know to share common beliefs about the talents and leadership skills of women. We would be honoured if you would agree to become a mentor of our first ever “IWiL” (Inspiring Women in Leadership) Mentoring Programme.


Further to the recent launch of TIGERS’ ‘Inspiring Women in Leadership’ (IWiL) Mentoring programme, we have taken the decision to create a male mentorship programme.

Our aim is to provide aspiring leaders, or those within new leadership roles, with a 1-year mentorship that will focus on compassionate, courageous and transformational leadership. We aim to dispel the outdated male dominant management style and encourage more men to lead with humanity.

As our mentorship initiatives develop, we propose to integrate both of our initiatives, with men mentoring women and vice versa. We are aiming to stay mindful of the issues faced by men and women, in leadership roles and society overall, whilst supporting a progressive society that no longer sees gender, only the person. By breaking down further barriers we continue to progress towards our ‘why’ of ‘supporting people to meet their potential’.