Alumni Leadership Mentors

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All of our mentors are proud Birmingham graduates who have gone above and beyond to reach their goals becoming some of the best in their field. This is a chance for you to gain priceless advice from alumni who understand what it is like to be a student here  but also have the wealth of professional experience to share.

Below is a list of the Mentors who currently participate in the scheme, click on their names for relevant blog posts.

If you’re inspired by any of these Mentor apply now to the Mentoring Programme by clicking here!

Mentors available to apply for in 2017-18

– view all our mentor career profiles

Professor Alan Boyd, Managing Director at Boyd’s

This mentor can help students who are interested in the health sector and a pharmaceutical career. View blogs from mentee

Alan Davey, Controller at Radio 3

This mentor may be of interest to students of Drama, theatre arts or music, or those with an interest in the arts and arts Management. View blogs from mentee

Andrew Garner, Executive Search and Career Management Consultant

Relates to all disciplines and interests in leadership, management and networking. View blogs from mentee

Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, Medical Director for BUPA 

Medicine, careers in the health sector and trained surgeon. View blogs from mentee

Barry Cockcroft, Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England 

Dentistry, dental hygiene, biomedical materials science and other health related courses. View blogs from mentee

Baroness Doreen Massey, House of Lords 

Social Work, Social Policy, Education or Languages and careers in health, social care, policy or campaigning. View blogs from mentee


Cilla Snow
ball, Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive of AMV BBDO

Creative careers – advertising and communications. View blogs from mentee

Jane Collins, Chief Executive, Marie Curie Cancer Care

This mentor can help students who are interested in careers in charities/third sector and healthcare. View blogs from mentee

Janet-ClarkeDr Janet Clarke, Deputy Chief Dental Officer 

Janet may be of interest to students studying dentistry or interested in a career in dental health services. New mentor- blogs to come next year!

Luciana Berger, MP

Politics, Government, International Relations, Social Policy and environmental and energy policy. View blogs from mentee

Lucy Baldwin, Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

This mentor can help students who are interested in the business and finance sector. View blogs from mentee

Martin Devenish MBE, Board Member of S-RM

This mentor may be of interest to students of accounting and finance, economics, enterprise and those with an interest in banking, investment, finance and the City. View blogs from mentees.

Mayank Patel, Group Chairman & CEO – Azibo Group

Finance, investment, venture capital, and the City, and those who are entrepreneurial in any field. View blogs from mentee

Dr Rowan Hillson, retired consultant physician and former National Clinical Director for Diabetes for the Department of Health

Medicine, nursing, diabetes and careers in health. View blogs from mentee

Sam Decombel, Co-Founder and COO of MuscleGenes Limited

This mentor can help students interested in sport, science and entrepreneurship. View blogs from mentee

Sarah Cox,  Director of Strategy and Planning at the Cabinet Office

This mentor may be of interest to students of Politics, Social Policy and Economics and those with an interest in project or programme management and business management.View blogs from mentee

Sarah Fahy, Vice President, Sony Global Tax Office, Europe

Sarah may be of interest to students who are interested in accountancy, tax, international business, government, legal and diversity and equality. New mentor- blogs to come next year!

Simon Halsey, Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus

This mentor may be of interest to students studying Music, or those with an interest in musical / choral careers and music direction. View blogs from mentee

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, HR Director at Amey 

This mentor may be of interest to students with an interest in careers in HR, management, leadership roles and/or construction management. View blogs from mentee

Tamsin Greig, Actress

This mentor may be of interest to students with an interest in acting, film, theatre and television. View blogs from mentee

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