The Mentoring Foundation owns and operates the leading, internationally recognised, FTSE 100® Cross-Company Mentoring Executive and Next Generation Women Leaders Programmes.

Our work is at the heart of activity in the UK to help more women reach the very top of large organisations and has a strong history of success. Many of our Mentees go on to be appointed to the Executive Committee of their companies, to be Non-Executive Directors on the Boards of other companies, or otherwise to progress their careers.

We are the foremost provider of bespoke mentoring services to help senior women
achieve even greater success, at top executive level and in the Boardroom. See what our Mentees say.
The FTSE Executive Programme is unique in its longevity, with a 14-year track record and proven success, with almost 70 Chairmen, Chief Executives and other senior leaders acting pro bono as Mentors.
The FTSE Next Generation Women Leaders Programme, launched in 2014, helps companies to build their talent pipeline. The programme’s first four cohorts were supported by 24 leading FTSE companies. Cohorts 5 and 6 launched in July 2017; Cohort 7 will launch at the beginning of 2018.
In addition to these ground-breaking Programmes, the HSBC Mentee Network enables our Mentees to learn from each other as well as from their Mentors.
The Chief Executive of the Foundation, Peninah Thomson, is the author of original research into women’s leadership, including publication of five high-reputation books.
The not-for-profit status of the Foundation ensures that all revenues are reinvested in our work.


"More women on the Boards of our large companies in the UK isn’t going to solve global problems at a stroke, but it will contribute to their solution, by increasing the reservoirs of human ingenuity, imagination, insight and will available to address them."

A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap (2008)