Leadership and Peer Mentoring Programme for Foundations

Equipping middle and senior managers in grant-making organisations with the leadership skills and community of support to become stronger, more resilient change-makers for your teams, organisations and partners.

NELA Peer Mentoring

The leadership and peer mentoring advantage: your bridge to extraordinary change

As a passion and purpose-driven professional in a grant-making foundation, you wear many hats. You juggle complex projects, manage diverse teams and grantees, and navigate ever-changing landscapes. Without the right support and resources you may find yourself: 

  • Struggling to manage diverse teams: generational and cultural differences, personal challenges, insufficient line management skills can lead to misunderstandings, reduced team cohesion, lower productivity and diminished confidence.
  • In transactional relationships with grantees and beneficiaries: the absence of genuine connection can lead to overlooking valuable insights that diminish programme effectiveness, and missing opportunities for meaningful collaborations and long-term partnerships,
    hindering the potential for impactful initiatives and 
    personal fulfilment.
  • Struggling to maintain balance: the constant juggle between purpose-driven work responsibilities and personal commitments can lead to feelings of loneliness, stress and burnout, affecting both your personal wellbeing and professional effectiveness.
  • Missing out on peer learning, career progression and support: limited opportunities for co-learning and support can stifle innovation, slow down personal and organisational growth and hinder career advancement


These challenges can hinder your effectiveness and growth. Are you reaching your full potential – and empowering others to do the same?

We understand the unique challenges you face. That’s why we’ve designed the Leadership and Peer Mentoring Programme for Foundations, a transformative experience crafted specifically for middle and senior managers with leadership responsibilities for teams, grantees and/or partners.

Being able to step out of the day-to-day, share thoughts, and develop together as peers has been more important than I had imagined. I’d encourage anyone feeling lonely in their sustainability journey to take such an opportunity if they can.
Ben Allen
Director of ESG Issues at Principles for Responsible Investment​
The most significant change for me has been that I feel part of a network of people who are finding levers for change to create a sustainable world. It often feels lonely in this space and it is amazing to learn and connect with others.
Katherine Hermans
Founder and Director at Global Changemakers

This isn’t a generic leadership course. This is a targeted programme built on the power of leadership skills development and peer-to-peer learning and support to tackle those challenges head on.

Here's what you can gain from the programme

Comprehensive mentoring toolkit

Equip yourself with the skills, mindset, and confidence necessary to lead, nurture, and support others effectively.

Enhanced self-awareness and leadership

Improve your understanding of yourself and your leadership style, leading to more effective personal and professional interactions.

Practical mentoring and coaching models

Gain access to a variety of mentoring and coaching tools that you can apply when needed, enhancing your leadership effectiveness.

Trust-based relationship building

Develop the skills to have purposeful conversations that lead to meaningful results, strengthening your relationships within your team and beyond.

Network of supportive peers

Build a network with like-minded professionals, allowing you to learn from each other and grow collectively.

Safe practice environment

Refine your mentoring and coaching techniques in a safe environment with your peers, boosting your confidence and competence.

This programme is for middle and senior managers with leadership responsibilities for teams, grantees and/or partners who:

  • Build stronger and deeper human-centred relationships that foster belonging, learning and growth.
  • Provide constructive feedback and guidance that drive individual and collective performance.
  • Strengthen confidence, self and professional leadership.
  • Want to foster a culture of collaboration within and beyond your organisation, increasing opportunities, effectiveness and impact in the sector.
  • Be part of a community of peers to share experiences, insights, and professional growth opportunities.
  • Get practical, hands-on experience and ongoing support to enhance your success as a leader.

Why this programme stands out

Expert-Led, Peer-Focused:
Our programme is facilitated by seasoned mentoring specialists, but the magic happens in the peer-to-peer connections and practice.

Actionable Learning:
Go beyond theory with practical exercises, deep dive sector-specific conversations, and opportunities to practice your skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Long-Term Support:
This programme is more than a one-time workshop. We provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the journey.

Course Curriculum

Module 1:

Understanding Mentoring and Relationships

Module 2:

Practising Mentoring and Giving Feedback

Module 3:

Listening and Asking Effective Questions

Module 4:

Mentoring Behaviours and Models: Relationship Building and Direction Setting Phases

Module 5:

Practising Mentoring and New Tools

Module 6:

Exploring the Mentor Toolkit

Invest in your impact

This six-month programme is a journey of growth, spread across:

  • Live, Online Mentor Training Sessions: Develop your skills over six interactive sessions led by our experts.
  • Matching & Getting Started: Connect with your peer-match for a mutually beneficial mentoring experience.
  • Leaders Deep Dive Conversations: Engage in focused sessions with your peers to enhance leadership effectiveness.
  • Peer Calls and Check-in Surveys: Regularly connect with your peer mentor and our team for focused discussions and ongoing support.
  • Graduation Ceremony: Celebrate your achievements with your cohort and mark the end of your transformative journey.

Limited spots available: apply by September 8th 2024!

Don’t miss this chance to unlock your leadership potential and become a catalyst for positive change. Secure your spot today and join a community of passionate professionals ready to elevate their impact together.


Early Bird: 

£1500*/pax until July 31, 2024

Early bird special is now closed.

Full Price: £1750*/pax

*Excluding VAT for UK based participants

Your Facilitators

Frequently Asked Questions

The application deadline for the programme is September 8th, 2024. Don’t miss out on this chance to invest in your growth and impact!

The programme’s Early bird  fee is 1500 GBP* per participant for until the 31st of July 2024.

After that, the fee will be 1750 GBP* per participant. 

* Excluding VAT for UK based participants

Payment can be made securely online through our website during the application process.

Peer mentoring involves connecting with a colleague at a similar level for a mutually beneficial learning experience. You’ll share experiences, support each other’s growth, and tackle challenges together.

Yes, you will receive a certificate at the end of the programme.

The course will be delivered and facilitated in English and it is required that all participants are able to converse fluently in English.

You can contact Kat Bury at kat@humanedge.org.uk to discuss how you could benefit from and join the programme today.