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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.


  • 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 coaches and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alice Cooper Executive Coach & Consultant

    Alice is a freelance Executive and Career Coach who works with leaders and emerging leaders across a wide range of businesses. Alice has a particular focus on clients from the financial and professional services sectors, where she brings a great deal of credibility, and her own commercial experience, to bear. Alice also writes on topical people and governance issues for the financial sector, and has a particular interest in the emerging area where the two overlap, including Board Effectiveness.

  • Bob Beveridge Non-Executive Director and Former plc Finance Director

    Bob used his accountancy qualification as the foundation to a career in financial management, starting with 12 years at Mars Inc. and 5 years at United Biscuits plc. He then moved to Cable & Wireless Communications plc where he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer followed by three other public company CFO roles.

  • Bruce Vincent Senior Finance Executive, Internal Audit/Assurance and Risk, Public Accounting (External Audit)

    Bruce Vincent is an Assurance, Risk and Accounting Executive with over 30 years of extensive international experience. Bruce has held roles at various levels in both internal and external audit, as well as finance management, with global responsibilities.

  • Ray Warren Executive Coach and Principal Consultant at Monavis Ltd

    Ray’s coaching experience over the last 9 years covers a broad range of clients from FTSE 100 companies through privately owned organisations to NGO’s. He also has extensive experience working with international clients based outside of the UK from different cultural backgrounds including Europe, India, North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Mary Hardy NED

    After qualifying as a chartered accountant, working as a partner in EY and a career in internal audit and risk, Mary is now a non-executive director. She is on the Board of the Royal Navy and chairs its Audit Committee and is a member of the Defence Audit Committee at the MOD. She is on the Board of Glasgow 2014 Limited and is a member of the Audit Committees of the ICAEW and HM Treasury.