A number of Britain’s top business leaders have joined forces to become the founding members of a new mentoring company aimed at advising women on reaching director level.
Sir Charles Dunstone, Sir Roger Carr and Karren Brady are among the high achieving members of Mentore. The CEO of the company is former performance expert at Ernst & Young, Sophie Hodges. Mentore has been seed funded with a six figure sum and soft-launched last summer.
“At Mentore we want to ensure the fast-track women get to executive level,” said Hodges.
The company offers a 12-month mentoring programme costing around £25,000 a year.
“For years now equality and diversity have been recognised by shareholders as business imperatives,” said Sir Charles Dunstone. “It is our responsibility as business leaders to reflect this sentiment and advocacy for women in business, and mirror this passionate belief in leveraging the best talent to serve our customers and our stakeholders.”
Only 7.8% of the UK’s companies have female directors. The number of female FTSE 100 bosses dropped to just 1% in 2012 following the departure of Cynthia Carroll from Anglo American and the retirement of Dame Majorie Scardino from publishers Pearson.