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ICAEW Mentoring and Executive Coaching

Are you new to a finance role and thinking about your next career move? Or do you have a specific business or leadership challenge? If so, ICAEW mentors and coaches can help you. The majority of mentees are in senior leadership or board level roles and are sponsored by their business.

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  • Access to business leaders with specialist expertise or industry experience
  • Gain a broader understanding of boardroom dynamics
  • Develop a strategic understanding of business issues
  • An impartial sounding board for ideas

Programme overview

ICAEW Mentoring and Executive Coaching case studies

Darren is one of many of last year’s Mentoring and Executive Coaching scheme graduates. Find out what he thought of the programme and how ICAEW’s approach to 1:1 session changed his perception of mentoring.

Darren Anniss

Group Finance Manager, Mace Group

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When I joined the ICAEW Mentoring and Executive Coaching Programme, I had already achieved quite a lot in my role. I’d built up the finance team and developed the role of finance within the firm. I had also developed relationships at operational director and commercial director level, and the next step for me was building relationships at board level.

After being paired with my mentor and meeting them, I discussed life goals – as opposed to merely career aims, which came as an initial surprise, but has had a big impact. My first challenge was to go away and talk to my family about it and as a result I’ve gained more focus and perspective.

A lot of the change has been subtle, but the mentoring has given me a lot of confidence. As a result, I’ve been invited to attend board meetings where I have presented the financials and am now being consulted by business leaders. I work in quite a challenging and fast paced environment, but my mentor has helped me to apply perspective to the issues I face and to stick to rational, clear thinking.

I was a bit sceptical about mentoring at first but it’s been really inspiring. I would like to be on the board one day and my mentor is helping me to achieve that goal. I would recommend mentoring to anybody. So much so, that I have joined a scheme where I will be a mentor myself for underprivileged kids.

Simon Martle

Group Financial Controller, London Stock Exchange Group

"The opportunity to have a mentor from a FTSE 100 company appealed hugely – someone from outside my organisation who has helped to challenge me in ways I wouldn’t otherwise receive."

Tom Hinton

Finance Director, Centrica Power Generation

"Mentors provide good challenges around issues such as advice on managing your manager, team dynamics and leadership style. They help people identify needs and suggest practical actions – working on a 5 or 10 year plan to identify goals, experience gaps and suggest ways they might be filled."

Why ICAEW Mentoring and Executive Coaching?

If you are thinking about your next career move, are new to a finance role, or have a specific business or leadership challenge, our exceptional pool of mentors and coaches, with direct experience as NEDs, Chairmen, CEOs and CFOs offer an unique opportunity for current or future finance leaders to receive guidance from senior professionals.

Why ICAEW for Mentoring and Coaching?

We provide finance professionals at all levels with:

  • an exceptional pool of over 45 mentors with extensive experience as NED’s, Chairman, CEOs or CFOs
  • access to business leaders with specialist expertise or industry experience
  • a wealth of external perspectives, knowledge and ideas
  • practical and personal career guidance
  • support in transitioning into a new role or career challenge.

We believe mentoring and coaching to be essential for senior management development.

CFO mentoring

Many of our mentors work with CFOs to develop the skills for success in the boardroom and to bridge the gap between finance manager and business leader.

CFO’s benefit from:

  • independent, trusted advice on key business and leadership challenges
  • developing a strategic understanding of business issues
  • being challenged on their thinking from a board level perspective
  • broader understanding of boardroom dynamics
  • an impartial sounding board for ideas.

Choosing your mentor or coach

After a consultation with our leadership team, you will be asked to select your top three mentor preferences and to provide us with your CV and development objectives. Following that, a stringent matching process is undertaken to ensure a good fit in terms of chemistry, experience and development needs.

Time commitment per year

Each session with your personal mentor/coach lasts 90 minutes. Sessions are booked directly between the mentor/coach and the delegate. Typically delegates use 8–10 sessions over a year.

Contact us to find out more

To find out more about Mentoring please contact Leadership@icaew.com

Executive coaching mentors

  • Teuta Bakalli Teuta Bakalli CFO, Pepper Europe

    Teuta joined Pepper Europe in May 2012 as European Chief Financial Officer and a Board member and is responsible for leading financial control, IT, HR, legal, project management and risk and compliance across Pepper's European operations.

  • Sherrie Carlton Sherrie Charlton Leadership coach

    Broad business background gained in sales, research and customer service roles at GSK. Experienced leadership coach, with expertise in preparing individuals to work at board level both within the UK and across the globe.

  • Raymond Dinkin Raymond Dinkin Board evaluator

    Raymond is one of the leading Board Evaluation facilitators and has a combination of broad international leadership experience in large and smaller plcs together with expertise in psychology and organizational behaviour. He is the former CEO of Kimberly Clark and MSAS/Exel logistics.

  • Photograph of Philip Gregory Philip Gregory NED, Hansard Global plc and CFC Capital

    Formerly CEO of HSBC Insurance Brokers and prior to that European COO at Marsh and CEO at Tullett Prebon.

  • Chris Harrison Chris Harrison Procurement Director & Group Financial Controller

    Currently at Colas Rail UK, Chris's specialities cover strategic and detailed business objectives, operational finance and administration, cost control, procurement, IT and systems implementation and finance team improvement and development.

  • Steve Melcher Steve Melcher NED for Standard Life UK and Euler Hermes plc

    Formerly Chairman and MD of Sun Life Financial-UK. Previous board positions for Sun Bank, Allied Dunbar, Eagle Star, BAT Financial Services and Threadneedle Asset Management. He continues in business by serving as a non-executive director for Aviva UK, Aviva Life Ireland and Allianz Re Dublin.

  • Toy Odiakosa Toy Odiakosa Senior level executive coach

    An ex-lawyer with over 15 years experience in FTSE and financial institutions, Toy is a senior level executive coach, whose work blends with the commercial and political realities of female leadership.

  • Paul Piccirillo Paul Piccirillo Head of Finance, London Medical

    Paul trained as a coach with CTI in 2010 and completed the ICAEW NFL course in 2013. He is actively involved in leadership and coaching, both in and out of work. His goal is to work with individuals and businesses to help them achieve their potential.

  • Carla Stent Carla Stent NED and Trustee of Christian Aid

    Carla has held a number of senior positions in banking and retail industries. She has operated at Board level in several countries for organisations including Virgin, Barclays and the Thomas Cook Group.