Women Ahead and the 30% Club are thrilled to announce winners of the inaugural #inspiredbymentoring awards!

The awards were judged by a prestigious panel including Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, 30% Club founder and Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management;  Brenda Trenowden, 30% Club Global Chair and Head of Financial Institutions, Europe, at ANZ Bank; Liz Dimmock, Women Ahead founder and CEO; and Maggie Alphonsi MBE, former international rugby player and current TV commentator and Women Ahead’s lead mentoring facilitator.

Liz Dimmock, CEO of Women Ahead said: “Mentoring helps us dream and achieve more than we ever thought possible by giving us the opportunity to share a different perspective, to expand our network and give us space to think. We are proud of all our mentors and mentees, and the promotions and achievements they have won during their time on the programme.”


And the winners were...


Dynamic Mentoring Organisation of the Year

Winner: Pearson Publishing Ltd

Runners up: State Street; Mizuho


Inspirational Mentor of the Year

Winner: Michael Cole-Fontayn, BNY Mellon, Chairman, EMEA

Runners up: Amanda Brilliant, Nomura, Managing Director; Justin Bazalgette, Belron, Technical Manager


Committed mentee of the year

Winner: Nameeta Pai, Santander, Head of Board Support

Runners up: Carol Hill, Pearson Publishing, Director, Global Product Lifecycle Implementation in the Global Product Portfolio Strategy & Planning department; Katie Conway, Loyalty Proposition at Marks & Spencer


Dedicated Programme Partner of the Year

Winner: Louisa Woods, Nomura, Internal Executive Director

Runners up: Jo Melanophy, Environment Agency, Team Leader; Lorraine Stone, Santander, Talent and Succession Manager.


Companies and sports organisations that would like to find out more about Women Ahead and Moving Ahead’s range mentoring schemes for female business leaders and for elite athletes can contact Liz Dimmock at Women Ahead on 01491 579726 or liz@women-ahead.org.




This mentee has applied themselves fully to the mentoring process; arriving at meetings with specific points to address and with goals in mind. They have spent time working out the ‘nub’ of their issues so their time spent with their mentor is fully used. They have inspired their mentor to approach issues with a different mindset or with new energy. This person has pushed themselves out of their comfort zone to reach new heights!


This mentor has been inspirational to their mentee and has offered multiple professional and personal development opportunities. They have engaged fully in the process and made time for mentoring meetings. They have pushed their mentee to expect more and achieve more. They have committed fully to each meeting and given their mentee 100% of their attention during meetings. They have championed the value of mentoring within their organisation and beyond.


This person has been on hand to answer questions and to help with all aspects of the mentoring process. They have been easy to contact and quick to respond. They have championed mentoring within their organisation and brought senior leaders on board with the programme to ensure buy-in from the top down.


This organisation has used this programme to push their diversity and inclusion further and faster. They have developed add-on events and services to harness the power of mentoring and spread it beyond the core programme. They have supported mentors and mentees to make time for their meetings. They have fully recognised the value mentoring has in improving inclusion.