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Mentoring scheme

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The purpose of this scheme is for mentors to share their expertise to help other IIRSM members develop their knowledge, skills and/ or behaviours and achieve their objectives. . 

The full details can be found below.  

Mentoring streams

There are three streams available: 

Stream 1: Traditional scheme 

Join this scheme as a mentee if you are seeking support from someone who has 'been there, done that.' 

Join this scheme as a mentor, if you are an experienced professional who has a strong interest and enthusiasm for developing individuals earlier on in their career.  

Stream 2: Reverse mentoring 

Join this scheme as a mentee if you would benefit from being partnered with a generation Zer or millenial, to gain insight into who drives younger people or new technological or social trends. 

Join this scheme is a mentee if you are a generation Zer or millenial who is enthusiastic about risk management and willing to share your insight. 

Stream 3: Recipriocal mentoring 

Recipriocal mentoring is for you if you're looking to connect with an individual working at the same level as you but in a different function, company or industry to gain an alternative perspective on how to approach your work, to share your own experiences and support one another through similar challenges. 



We expect those participating in the scheme to be matched for an initial period of 3 months, however there are no set rules and the relationship can continue beyond this point if all is going well. 

The frequency and length of each meeting is to be mutually agreed by the matched individuals. It will depend on what the mentee wants to achieve as well as the time both are able to commit. As a minimum, we would expect individuals to meet at least three times over three month period. Meetings can take place face-to-face or remotely, via Skype or telephone. 

Application timetable  

There are three application periods per year: Summer, Autumn and Winter

Mentoring streams 1: Summer 2019 application timetable 

Mentor applications open 20 May 2019                                      
Mentor applications close  31 May 2019 *extended to 7 June 2019*
Mentee applications open 3 June 2019
Mentee applications close  14 June 2019
Applicants are matched  17-28 June 2019

Mentoring streams 2 & 3. 

Find out more and register your interest by emailing

Application process 

The relevant application form for each stream is made available to download from this web page at the start of the application period. You will asked to provide some information about your experience and what are you are looking to achieve through participation in the scheme, whether as a mentor or mentee. 

Further guidance

For more information, application guidance is available to download at the bottom of this page for stream 1. Contact for information about streams 2 & 3.  You can also find out more about mentoring on the Support & Resources tab. 



Coming soon. 


Join our mentoring webinar on 12 March 2019 to learn more about the scheme and hear two IIRSM members, Hugh Maxwell and Grant Thompson, share their experiences. Find out more here


Tips and testimonials


Damon Noble AIIRSM, HSEQ Manager, Ecotec Services Ltd. 

Why did you apply to be mentored? It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be mentored by a professional who has "walked the walk." The chance to talk to and learn from your peers is an essential learning process. 

What have you gained? Confidence in my ability. My communication skills, learning style and career direction have all improved too. 

What are you top tips for being mentored?

  • Listen carefully. 
  • Take any constructive criticism with a positive attitude. 
  • There is no such thing as a stupid question. 
  • Expect to work hard. 
  • Remain focused on goals. 

The relationship is similar to Yoda and Skywalker! 


Mark Cardnell FIIRSM, QHSE Senior Consultant, KTM Compliance 

Why did you join the mentoring scheme? I wanted to be able to enhance my mentee's career development skills through my own learning experiences. I felt that there is a requirement for a structured approach to learning in our work environment and the mentoring scheme provided the opportunity to display and engage on leadership, interpersonal skills, communication and the values of the IIRSM in professional networking.  

What are your top tips for being a mentor? The first step of the process for me is about confidence. Providing clear, coherent and structured information to ensure that the mentee grew in confidence, trust and willingness to progress at speed. The targets and objectives provided a clear step by step approach to which all parties were able to display, communicate and build an effective career path and very importantly a friendship for many years to come.  

What have you learned from the experience? I am always open to enhance my skills through engaging on other people’s points of view and their own experiences. The mentoring process has provided me with valuable experience into other organisations compliance systems, training and technology and how these differ and how in some cases diverse methods effect the working environment, people and the organisations as a whole. 

Contact us

To find out more about the scheme or to register your interest, contact Holly Mulvihill-Clark, Head of Learning & Development at IIRSM, on