New UK research: Mentoring is improving gender balance in organisations

New UK research: Mentoring is improving gender balance in organisations

Turning the gender diversity dial, in collaboration with and sponsored by Deloitte, which encompassed more than 6,000 people across 40 major UK organisations, shows that mentoring is creating better gender diversity in the workplace, and enabling organisational cultures to become more inclusive and creative as a result. More than 3,000 years on from the Greek mythological origin of mentoring, it is being used to overcome present-day challenges of the gender pay gap, leadership equality, and the conscious and unconscious biases that exist around gender.
The Moving Ahead research found that structured, formal gender-based mentoring programmes are creating better gender diversity in the workplace by significantly growing women’s confidence, enabling a more inclusive culture and organization, creating positive change beyond the programme, providing the skills and frameworks for more empathetic, accessible leaders and driving best practice for broader mentoring schemes in organisations.


Mentors and mentees in a pioneering scheme to level the playing field for sports professionals gathered to hear international rugby star Maggie Alphonsi talk about overcoming obstacles yesterday at Broadgate Tower in London.

The sport and business mentoring scheme, managed by Women Ahead in partnership with the 30% Club, matches senior managers at Ricoh with leaders at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) as they reach the middle of their careers. Women’s aspirations and confidence to reach the top tier have been noted to plummet 60% in mid-career due to outside pressures and lack of support

Women Ahead founder wins Coaching at Work award for her ‘sheer impact, heart and soul’

Women Ahead founder Liz Dimmock has been named joint ‘External Coaching and Mentoring Person of the Year’ at the national Coaching at Work awards.

She was awarded the honour alongside Erik de Haan of Ashridge at Coaching at Work’s annual conference held in London on Wednesday 6 July.

Women Ahead is an award winning, world-class mentoring and change consultancy that drives equality to improve standards in business and sport. The social enterprise creates mentoring partnerships between and within the worlds of business and sport, including business leaders mentoring athletes, a first-of-its-kind programme.

The judging panel praised Liz saying:

“Liz’s work has been consistently powerful and effective. She puts huge energy into her passions and fights key battles with tenacity and humour.”

They added: “Her work is holistic with heart and soul,” and praised the "sheer impact" Liz has made, her "determination, and practical demonstration of thought-leading ideas."

Liz said: “It’s hugely rewarding to receive this award and for Women Ahead’s pioneering, collaborative work to be recognised by such a  highly regarded team at Coaching at Work. I passionately believe in the power of high quality mentoring to create positive change in individuals, organisations and society! At Women Ahead we believe that parity between men and women in the worlds of sport and business will benefit individuals, organisations and society as a whole, and we’re working towards this in everything we do. It’s fantastic to be able to make a difference.”

Liz has held commercial, coaching and leadership roles at IMG, KPMG, HSBC (where she was global head of coaching), and GP Strategies (Managing Partner). In 2012 she cycled the entire route of the Tour de France, one week ahead of the men's race, matching them stage for stage, riding 3,479kms in 21 days. This journey highlighted the inequalities in the sport she loves; the fact that there is no women's Tour de France (despite the clear physiological ability of women to complete it) was a driving factor in the creation of Women Ahead.

The Coaching at Work judging panel added that Liz won the award because of the "outstanding work she has done in the field of coaching and mentoring women" and because of the range of roles she has had across businesses.