The mentoring programme designed by women in transport for women in transport

Sponsored by ENGIE & TXM Recruit

What is mentoring?

To support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be
— Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

Mentoring has the potential to be a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is a reciprocal partnership between two people (mentor and mentee), normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences, based upon mutual trust and respect.

The mentee is the driving force in the mentoring relationship and is responsible for determining the objective of the process. They must be prepared to be challenged and questioned in order to gain the most benefit from the relationship. The mentor can provide guidance, encouragement and help to develop solutions to career issues, options and progress.

Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in a safe environment. It is an opportunity for learning and development for both the mentee and mentor. The process is about developing greater self-awareness and taking responsibility for the direction of your career.

Eligibility for Advance

Mentors: Any manager level or above, man or woman, who currently works in or is affiliated with the transport sector can register to be a mentor for Advance. You must be prepared to offer six one-hour sessions to your mentee between January and September 2018. In recognition of this commitment of your time and expertise, you will receive honorary membership to Women in Transport for 2018.

Members: All members of Women in Transport can register to be a mentee on Advance. You must be a member of Women in Transport in 2018 and be prepared to commit to the mentoring relationship. You will need to dedicate time to meet your mentor who will be giving their precious time and experience to support you.

Being a mentor

The role of a mentor is to provide a safe environment for their mentee to determine their personal and professional priorities and support the development of solutions to particular issues. The process will include adapting your personal style to empathise with your mentee, providing guidance without becoming personally involved and encouraging self-awareness and self-confidence through your experience and support. Being a mentor can help you see the world from a different point of view and provide access to a wider network of professionals.

Being a mentee

As a mentee, it is your role to drive the mentoring relationship by identifying the objective and the level and nature of the advice and support that you are seeking from your mentor. Be prepared to be challenged, listen and be listened to and be open to new ideas. The relationship is intended to empower you to develop your self-confidence and progress your career in the direction you choose whilst helping you grow your professional network. All meetings should be arranged in a safe, neutral public place.

Advance Programme

Advance has been structured to address the needs of professional women in transport seeking to develop and progress their career. 

Stage 1 - Application

Complete the application questionnaire to be a mentor or mentee, current members of Women in Transport can apply to be both. You will need to complete the questionnaire and attend the training session to qualify for the programme. We cannot guarantee that you will be successfully matched as this will depend on the number of applications. 

Stage 2 - Training

Mentors and mentees will be invited to training session with EW Group on 22 November 2017 to be held at PwC, 7 More London Riverside. Please note this is the only date available for training and is compulsory for mentees to qualify for the programme.

EW Group have been specialists in diversity, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership for 25 years. They work with companies across all sectors to build diverse, fair and inclusive cultures. Their bespoke training and development programmes increase capacity, improve performance and drive genuine culture change. Because inclusive workplaces mean better business for everyone.

Stage 3 - Matching

Angela Gainsford and Sonya Veerasamy will pro-actively undertake the screening process to pair suitable mentors and mentees.

Stage 4 - Pairs Announced

All pairs will be announced at our Annual Mince Pies and Networking Event at Lewis Silkin on 7 December 2017. You will also receive an email confirming the match after the event. The mentoring relationship will commence with a commitment to meet a minimum of six times up until September 2018.

Stage 5 - Review

Angela or Sonya will contact you halfway through the mentoring relationship, to ensure you are satisfied with the progress of the relationship. They remain available throughout the programme should you require any assistance and to answer any queries you may have.

Stage 6 - Celebration

We will celebrate the end of the programme at the Women in Transport Autumn Reception in September 2018.


A leading energy and services Group employing 17,000 people in the UK. The business has well-established and diverse operations as a major UK power generator, providing power and gas to thousands of homes and businesses, transforming neighbourhoods through regeneration, and delivering services to more than 14,000 customer sites across the public and private sector. ENGIE has set a target of 25% representation of women in its workforce by 2020, supported by a range of initiatives.

An award-winning, engineering talent search specialist. It is the only privately owned, multi-site engineering recruitment business offering a complete end-to-end resource solution. It provides contract, interim and permanent recruitment services into three core sectors: Built Environment, Manufacturing and Rail. Voted “Best Engineering Recruitment Company to Work For”, TXM Recruit goes above and beyond to empower, motivate and develop its people, inspiring them to go “The Xtra Mile”.

Designed by women in transport


Sonya Veerasamy

I am the vice president of Women in Transport and have been a member since 2008. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Angela on this programme. I am delighted that ENGIE and TXM Recruit have backed Advance demonstrating their strong commitment to increasing diversity in the workforce. 

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Angela Gainsford

I am a longtime member and enthusiastic supporter of Women in Transport. I am thrilled that we have been able to create, in collaboration with Sonya, the Advance mentoring programme for our members.