South West
Mentoring Awards

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These awards recognise organisations and people who have been inspired, developed themselves and improved their workplace through mentoring, either as a mentor or mentee. They’ll usually have made things better or be outstanding at what they do.

How to Nominate

The awards are open to organisations and individuals living and working in the South West, from the private, public and voluntary sectors and individuals. Please note a person can only be nominated in a maximum of two categories.

To nominate, simply email why you believe your nomination should win, in no more than 1,000 words.

Entries to

We’ll acknowledge all nominations, and nominees may be contacted with further questions or asked to attend a judging interview. We’ll then create a shortlist, from which an expert panel of judges will decide the winners in each category. Judges will take into account the overall quality of the submission and will be looking for specific criteria for each award.

Awards and criteria

1. Mentor scheme of the year awards

  • Mentor Scheme of the Year – Public Sector (i.e. Local government and not for profit / social enterprises / charity)
  • Mentor Scheme of the Year – Private Sector


  • How the mentoring scheme has been promoted and supported by the organisation
  • How the organisation has recognised the value of mentoring in improving inclusion such as integration into wider policies
  • Examples of positive impacts and outcomes in terms of improving diversity and inclusion
  • How mentors and mentees have benefited from professional and personal development
  • How the scheme has contributed to employee or member wellbeing

2. Mentor of the year awards

  • Mentor of the Year - Public Sector (i.e. Local government and not for profit / social enterprises / charity)
  • Mentor of the Year - Private Sector
  • Young mentor of the year (aged under 30)


  • How the mentor has demonstrated commitment to supporting their mentee’s development
  • How the mentor has been inspirational and influenced positive outcomes in their mentee’s development
  • Evidence of progress in learning and development
  • How this mentor has participated in improving diversity and inclusion

3. Mentee of the year awards

  • Mentee of the Year – in a public sector scheme (i.e. Local government and not for profit / social enterprises / charity)
  • Mentee of the Year – in a private sector scheme


  • How personal and professional development has resulted from the mentoring relationship
  • Achievements or positive changes, personal or professional
  • How the mentee is looking to apply what they have learned in the future


Nominations open

Entry closes



Judging panel

Asher Craig - Councillor, Bristol City Council

Caroline Rowles - Learning and Development Manager, Hargreaves Lansdown

The sponsoring partners, Deloitte, PwC, Osborne Clarke , KPMG and JLL will also be represented on the judging panel

Diversity and inclusion, and giving an equal opportunity to everyone who wishes to progress their career at HL are all extremely important to me. We are committed to making improvements and to supporting all colleagues who wish to progress their careers regardless of gender or background. We want everyone to thrive, develop and progress based upon what they do rather than anything else.

CHRIS HILL – CEO Hargreaves Lansdown

Our sponsors


Deloitte in the South West provides business advisory services to organisations across all sectors. We collaborate with our clients to deliver creative ideas and innovative solutions to make an impact that matters. Mentoring is an invaluable opportunity to tap into the skills, knowledge and personal insight of someone who can support, challenge and guide you in fulfilling your potential. At Deloitte we value the importance of mentoring and its contribution to the growth and development of our people.

Award Sponsored 2021

Mentor of the Year - Private Sector

Winner: Ash Daniells (RPC)


JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where clients and communities can achieve their ambitions. At JLL we value the importance of mentoring, supporting colleagues through their professional development, sharing knowledge, expertise and experience, and helping drive our diversity and inclusion aims.

Award Sponsored 2021

Mentor of the Year – Public Sector

Winner: CI Tony Blatchford (Avon and Somerset Police)

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is a future-focused international legal practice with over 750 talented lawyers and 250 expert Partners, across 25 locations. We help clients across eight core industry sectors to succeed in tomorrow's world. Our well-connected international group means we can offer the very best of Osborne Clarke's sector-led approach and innovative culture wherever in the world you interact with us. And we have a robust understanding of the local business environment and in-depth legal expertise in each jurisdiction.

We’re listeners, innovators and problem solvers, finding new ways to join the dots between our clients' challenges today and the opportunities being created in an ever-evolving, ever-developing global society.

Award Sponsored 2021

Mentor Scheme of the Year

Winner: Youth Adventure Trust


PwC UK is a leading professional services firm which operates as part of a networked global partnership. In the UK, we have approximately 20,000 employees and 900 Partners offering a broad range of professional services including assurance, taxation advice, consulting, forensics services and cyber security support to over 20,000 clients.

"We are delighted to be supporting these awards and see it as a great way of sharing best practice and showcasing the great activities that individuals and organisations of different sizes are doing to really make a difference." - Wendy Edwards, Senior Human Capital Leader


KPMG in the UK is one of the largest member firms of KPMG’s global network providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. In the UK we have 623 partners and 13,969 professionals working together to deliver value to our clients across our 22 UK offices. Our vision is to be the clear choice in professional services in the UK. For our clients, for our people and for the communities in which we work.

KPMG is committed to creating a fully inclusive environment where all our people can be extraordinary. We are delighted to see that Hargreaves Lansdown is taking the lead in encouraging diversity and inclusion both in the workplace and more broadly throughout the South West. There are some fantastic examples of great successes in mentoring to be showcased in the South West and we are excited to have been given the opportunity to be involved in the awards.

Award Sponsored 2021

Mentee of the Year

Winner: Lashawn Binns

Hargreaves Lansdown

Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK’s number 1 ‘investment supermarket’ for private investors. For more than 35 years, we have helped investors save time, tax and money on their investments. Today we are trusted with more than £86 billion by 1,091,000 clients. Hargreaves Lansdown is a secure, FTSE 100 company. We are based in Bristol where we now employ over 1,300 people.

We believe in building a culture and environment that attracts, values and retains people from all backgrounds, life experiences, preferences and beliefs – ensuring they are recognised and respected as individuals and valued for the different perspectives they bring.

Award Sponsored 2021

Sponsors and Founders of the South West Mentoring Awards