The Good Mentor programme launches search for 1,000 business mentors to support the not for profit sector

20th April 2020, 1:36 pm

With 20 years of experience in leadership consultancy, Louise Gatenby is launching a new charitable mentoring programme ‘The Good Mentor’ which is on a mission to find and connect 1,000 not-for-profit leaders with 1,000 business leaders, mentors who are generously giving a couple of hours of their time each week to provide support and guidance during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

The Good Mentor will support purpose-led leaders in charity, health, education and other not-just-for-profit sectors who right now, more than ever before, need practical support on specific issues as well as external sounding boards. Based on a simple and effective platform which enables mentees and mentors to find each other, to connect and to work together. The initiative has been developed and will be totally funded by The Good Board and Mentorloop who are both part of the B Corporation movement – a new type of business that balances purpose and profit and they have formed a partnership based on a shared belief in business as a force for good.

Mentorloop is an innovative software business which matches mentors and mentees through an intuitive online platform and is successfully used by some of the UK’s largest companies such as BBC, Bupa and Just Eat. Founded in Australia, Mentorloop is headed up by Guy Lambert in the UK who is GM EMEA and North America.

The Good Board is an executive search and leadership consultancy focussed on the development of responsible and purpose-fuelled leaders and organisations. The business was founded by Louise Gatenby, a respected business leader from North Wales who also brings her own sense of purpose to several other boards in the charity and education sector.

Louise says “Over the past weeks I’ve spoken to many inspirational, purpose-driven leaders of charities, health and other not-for-profit organisations working incredibly hard to navigate the challenges of these unprecedented times. The Good Mentor is here to make sure they don’t have to do it alone. I’m delighted we’ve teamed up with Mentorloop who share our passion for this initiative and together, we are looking to match 1,000 experienced business leader mentors with 1,000 not-for-profit mentees. Although many businesses are suffering right now, I know that many leaders would like to help in some way. If you are interested, please do get in touch. “

Guy says “We are excited to partner with The Good Board on The Good Mentor programme. Mentorloop exists because we believe the right connection can change a life, and now more than ever we all need that right connection to provide a sounding board and help navigate these uncertain times. The programme will provide the perfect opportunity for senior leaders to support their community, and build connections that will serve not-just-for-profit leaders well into the future”

Rachel Clacher CBE, co-founder of Moneypenny and founder of social mobility charity WeMindTheGap is one of the first mentors to join the progamme. Rachel comments “I am delighted to be supporting The Good Mentor which is an exciting and important initiative at a critical time for the amazing leaders in our charity and not-for-profit sectors. As a business and charity leader who wants to make a positive contribution The Good Mentor is a great way to do something fulfilling and meaningful in support of others”

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