Cityparents Mentoring Programme

Welcome to the Cityparents Mentoring Programme! 

Our programme is available without charge to all Cityparents Full Access members (either corporate/individual) and consists of four key elements:

  • Online resources and newsletter
  • Events and Webinars providing information and support for mentees and mentors, and anyone interested in mentoring
  • Podcasts sharing personal stories and experiences of mentoring
  • Annual Matching Scheme (separate application process)

We explain more about each of these below.

If you would like to join our Mentoring email distribution list and receive our Mentoring newsletter as well as notifications about relevant podcasts, blogs and the Annual Matching Scheme, please opt to receive our Mentoring updates mailing list emails - you can manage your mailing list choices in your account profile here.

Online resources and newsletter

We are adding a range of relevant online content to our website to support anyone involved in the mentoring process, or who is interested in their own career development/supporting that of others. Please browse our Resources page for more. To stay in touch with mentoring related news and content and receive our dedicated quarterly newsletter, please opt to receive our Mentoring updates mailing list emails in your account profile here


Mentoring Progamme Events and Webinars include Mentoring Surgeries aimed at supporting those in the Annual Matching Scheme, as well as broader events covering a range of career and mentoring-related subjects, aimed at anyone interested in mentoring.
This year we are pleased to launch a new series of Mentoring Circle events and webinars, run by our Mentoring Programme Adviser Sarah Tennant. These events/webinars are aimed at members who are considering a significant career move and/or facing a crossroads in their career. Each event will focus on a particular theme. The sessions will combine expert advice with small group discussions and will give attendees the opportunity to:
  • Reflect on their current situation and future plans and share these in confidence with others in the room
  • Hear career advice from Sarah Tennant
  • Exchange experiences, issues and ideas collaboratively with peers from across the City
  • Enhance their continuing professional development and career progression.
The events will be  led by Sarah Tennant, executive coach and Cityparents’ Mentoring Programme Adviser. Due to Covid-19, where possible for the forseeable future, Mentoring Circles will be run by Webinar. 
You can view the full list of upcoming Mentoring-related Events and Webinars here. During this time of Covid-19, please note all physical events have been rearranged as webinars. 
Mentoring Programme events are free to employees of Corporate Full Access Pass holders and individual Full Access Pass holders, or can be accessed individually on a pay-as-you-go basis.


Our podcast series Cityparents Talk includes stories related to mentoring and career development; in a recent podcast, Anna Richards from Cityparents talks to Pensions Partner, James Riley and Business Manager, Letty Gibbs about their experience of the firm's Black Heritage Mentoring Scheme, womens' networks and their perspectives on balancing careers with family life. Access the podcast here.

Annual Matching Scheme

What is it? We operate a cross-company Annual Matching Scheme, providing valuable 1-1 support to members of our network. The scheme opens annually for applications.  You do not need to be a parent, or based in London, to apply - the Scheme is open to all Cityparents members, and welcomes those seeking a virtual/Skype mentoring partner.

Who is it for? We welcome mentor applications from women and men who would like to help their mentees to grow, overcome any obstacles they may be facing and to progress in their careers, benefiting from their own experiences and learning journeys so far. Mentee applications are invited from anybody, at any stage of their career, looking to navigate their career paths and/or work/life balance. Participants are typically from a broad range of professions including law, investment banking, asset management, insurance, human resources, information technology, regulation, professional services, real estate and media. A cross-company scheme has huge advantages in allowing mentees to be matched with a mentor from outside their own firm, or even (if desired) outside their industry/profession.
What is it for? The purpose of the mentoring relationship is for the mentor to offer the mentee a supportive and confidential environment in which to discuss and think through any issues regarding their work/home life.
What would I have to do as a mentor/mentee? We ask mentors and mentees to commit to meeting either in person or by Skype/equivalent approximately every six weeks for a year. After this time, if the relationship continues it will be outside the scope of the Scheme. All participants are asked to abide by our Cityparents Mentoring Code which sets out the parameters of mentoring and offers suggestions for the continuation of the mentoring relationship.

How do I take part? Applicants will be asked to register online during the application window; once registered, you will be emailed the relevant Mentor/Mentee application form. If you would like to apply as both a Mentee and Mentor, please register separately for each.

Is there a fee? Participation in the Spring 2020 Annual Matching Scheme as a Mentee is free for Cityparents members who are employees of Full Corporate Access Pass holders and any individual member with a valid Full Individual Access Pass. There is no charge for Mentors to apply. Participation in the Mentoring Scheme as either a Mentor or Mentee includes Full Access to the whole Mentoring programme, including Mentoring Circles, Online Resources and all Cityparents Network Events and Webinars. 

The Cityparents Mentoring Team

Louisa Symington-Mills oversees all aspects of Cityparents Ltd's activities, including the mentoring programme. Louisa established Cityparents (then known as Citymothers) in November 2012. For 10 years Louisa pursued a busy career in banking and finance as a top-3 Extel-ranked sell-side analyst covering listed alternative investment funds at Royal Bank of Scotland and then Jefferies, following the sale of RBS Hoare Govett. She subsequently became Chief Operating Officer at LPEQ (, an international association of listed private equity companies. Prior roles were held at M&G Investment Management and a multi-family office. Louisa is married with two children aged 6 and 8, and lives with her family in the UAE. 

Sarah Tennant is our Mentoring Programme Adviser. Sarah is an Executive Coach and Facilitator, accredited by the Association for Coaching (AC), working across industries with individuals and teams and specialising in leadership development, career transition and women returners. Her 20 year background in independent consultancy, business development and training have provided her with a strong insight into the challenges, opportunities and requirements faced by organisations, as well as how executive coaching can effectively help individuals and teams to develop, grow and meet these needs. After gaining her coaching accreditation, Sarah established SLT Executive Coaching to provide people facing career ‘pressure points’ with a positive and collaborative space to be heard, reflect and to devise strategies to manage transition points of their careers. In particular, she is a strong advocate for supporting women through career transition points, as well as for helping organisations retain their female talent pool and work towards closing the gender pay gap.


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