Become an IABC UK Mentor – Register now for our September induction

Our award-winning mentoring programme is relaunching in September and we’re looking for experienced communicators with a couple of hours to spare each month to help mentor a fellow IABC UK member.
We’ll be running an induction session for new mentors on 4 September 2019 where you will get to meet other mentors and also find out more about what’s involved. This will take place at VMA’s office in Central London between 6pm and 9pm.
What’s in it for you?

As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing your skills and experience, being a mentor can provide tangible benefits that include:
– Expanding your professional relationships and network
– Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches
– Development of listening skills
– Development of your personal leadership and coaching styles

How to Register 

If you’re interested in putting yourself forward, please send an email to [email protected].
If you can’t make this session but still want to be involved you should also email us at [email protected] and we’ll contact you once further dates become available.
Already an experienced IABC Mentor?

If you’re an experienced IABC mentor but are not currently in a mentoring relationship we hope you will consider getting involved again when we relaunch in September.

IABC UK event on 25 April: Improvisational Storytelling, University of Leeds





After a successful event by Paul Z Jackson on Improvisation in Storytelling in February, for the benefit of members outside of London, we’re delighted that Paul will be running another session on this topic at the University of Leeds Business School on 25th April. More than 100 people attended our last IABC event in Leeds and we are expecting places to go quickly for this event too.


After a Q&A session with Paul, there will also be a chance to network with communication industry colleagues. Thank you to our friends at the University of Leeds for generously hosting and organising this event.


If you would like to come along, register here:

Lifelong Learning- What Are You Doing?

By Karen Drury

“I knew from the outset that the IABC mentoring scheme didn’t mean being coddled by my advisor, nor that I would be handed jobs on a silver platter,” commented Miguel Edgardo Cortez, previously a Masters in Public Relations student from the London College of Communication and latterly, a member of IABC’s UK board.

Miguel has been a mentee with the IABC UK’s mentoring programme and in discussion with his mentor, mentioned he was looking for worthwhile, practical learning opportunities. He was invited onto the Board to give the student perspective, and help design events to attract this demographic to IABC UK.

“I’m thankful I’ve been given the chance to work alongside some of the UK’s best practitioners,” he added. “It’s increased my self confidence and given me insights I might not have had otherwise.”

Lifelong learning is essential to any professional, but in communication, where the latest technological advance may rapidly make your knowledge obsolete – it’s vital. Mentoring isn’t just for students – it’s for everyone.

Miguel’s mentor was Mike Pounsford, current chair of IABC. But experienced as he is, Mike has his own mentoring story to tell.

“At the mentor training we ran a couple of years ago, I got into conversation with another senior communication practitioner,” he recalled. “I realised that he knew about a lot an area of communication that I hadn’t worked in – and essentially, he became my mentor.

“It has nothing to do with age. It’s about experience you don’t have.”

The IABC UK mentoring scheme has been running for about five years. Strangely, knowledge of it inside the membership seems patchy, and Mike is very keen to change this.

“We make an effort with students doing their Masters in communication, but really, anyone can benefit and if you want this kind of experienced, trusted advisor – you ought to get involved.”

Of course, IABC UK isn’t just looking for people who want to be mentored, it’s also looking for mentors. You need a specialism or expertise and some experience in the workplace, and to attend the IABC UK Mentor training.

“The mentor training includes some skills which are essential in the workplace anyway – asking good questions and listening, for example,” said Mike. “More than anything, it’s about developing a trusting relationship with your mentee. I found it hugely enjoyable, and learned loads about myself and my mentees.”

If you would like to be either a mentee OR offer yourself as a mentor, please contact [email protected]