Mentoring Professionals


presented by

Aluminati Network Group

Back by popular demand after the success of the MPC 2015, the Mentoring Professionals Conference is an exclusive, two-day conference that brings together online and offline mentoring professionals from across the country.

Expert speakers will share the secrets to their success and everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute within an open guided discussion session where delegates set the agenda.

Whether you are just starting out or looking to supercharge your online or offline mentoring programme, join us at the University of Manchester and a night at the Manchester Museum, for a stimulating experience of knowledge sharing. You may even meet your own professional mentor!

hosted by
Manchester University
in association with
Aluminati Network Group


Tuesday 22nd November

Registration and Refreshments

Pick up your conference pack and name badge

13:00 - 13:30

Introduction and Housekeeping

Daniel Watts

Managing Director, Aluminati Network Group

13:30 - 13:40

Welcome to Manchester

Claire Kilner

Deputy Director and Head of Alumni and Donor Communications & Engagement, The University of Manchester

13:40 - 13:50

Session 1 - Beyond 500 partnerships
– Manchester Gold Now and Future

This session will provide an overview of the Manchester Gold programme, which was established over 15 years ago and facilitates 600 mentoring matches per annum. The programme is currently undergoing significant change, as it is transformed from a manual to an online, self-selection matching system. Hear from Nia about the tips and challenges around this, and the hopes for Manchester Gold in the future. The session will also look at how the Aluminate portal can expand the opportunities to engage overseas alumni, recent graduates, and support academic colleagues across your institution. Alumnus John Pike will also provide a personal insight into the mentor journey.

Nia Watkin-Jones

Employability Consultant, The University of Manchester

Richard Screaton

Senior Alumni Officer, The University of Manchester

13:50 - 14:50

Refreshments and Networking Break

14:50 - 15:10

Session 2 - Fostering and Promoting a Community of Online Alumni Mentors: The Warwickgrad.net Story

The University of Warwick's e-mentoring platform - warwickgrad.net - has proved hugely popular since launching in 2014 and now boats thousands of members. Hear from Warwick's alumni team about how the site developed, how they've promoted it, and what has and hasn't worked well. You'll also leave armed with some top tips for fostering your own successful community.

Claudie Combelas

Head of Alumni Engagement, The University of Warwick

Dave Musson

Senior Online Communications Officer,
The University of Warwick

15:10 - 16:10

Evening Instructions

16:10 - 16:15

Free time – Networking and Museum Visit

16:15 - 17:45

Dinner and Drinks with the Dinosaurs

Fossils Gallery, The Manchester Museum

17:45 - 21:00

Post Dinner Drinks

21:00 - late

Wednesday 23rd November

Session 3 - eMentoring at the University of Sheffield: Collaboration and Student Engagement

This session will provide an overview and practical insight into the eMentoring programme at the University of Sheffield. Led by the Careers Service, in collaboration with the Development Alumni Relations and Events department, this programme has facilitated 881 mentoring partnerships between students and alumni since autumn 2014, and managed a 72% growth last year. Lizzie and Emma will share their experiences, challenges, and tips for success with a focus on collaboration and student engagement.

Lizzie Ruse

Student Skills and Development Coordinator,
University of Sheffield

Emma Nagouse

eMentoring Coordinator,
University of Sheffield

09:00 - 10:00

Refreshments and Networking Break

10:00 - 10:15

Panellists vs Students: Insights to Student Engagement

Chaired by Daniel Watts

Managing Director,
Aluminati Network Group

Lily Flaherty

Alumni Events and Volunteer Coordinator,
King’s College London

Hannah Fox

Alumni Relations Manager,
London Business School

Lizzie Ruse

Student Skills and Development Coordinator,
University of Sheffield

Molly Southwood

Head of Alumni Relations,
University of Bath

10:15 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:25

The Knowledge Exchange – Sharing best practice and collective problem solving

11:25 - 12.15

Networking Lunch

12:15 - 13:00

Elective: The Future of Aluminate + Aluminati User Group Session OR Extended Lunch/Networking Break

13:00 - 13:45

Session 4 - Nothing Worth Doing is Easy: Developing Sustainable Mentoring Schemes

In this session we will be drawing on our experiences of developing, managing and researching mentoring schemes across the HE environment and beyond. While there is an abundance of advice and resources on how to develop a mentoring scheme there is limited evidence on how to sustain an initiative over the longer term. We will be sharing insights from our research and experiences identifying the key transition points and challenges faced by mentoring scheme coordinators and how these can be anticipated and managed effectively. The role of evaluation and demonstrating impact are also highlighted for those tasked with delivering sustainable mentoring schemes.

Dr. Judie Gannon

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
(Coaching and Mentoring), Oxford Brookes University

Georgina Dalton

Principal Lecturer for Quality and Validations,
Oxford Brookes University

13:45 - 14:45

Networking Break

14:45 - 15:00

Closing Plenary: Keeping Up with the Millennials: A Generational Guide to Boosting Communication between Mentors and Mentees

Dr Paul Redmond

Director of Student Life, The University of Manchester

15:00 - 16:30

Closing Remarks

16:30 - 16:45

Conference Close



Daniel Watts

Daniel Watts / Chair

Managing Director

Aluminati Network Group

Daniel has over a decade's worth of experience in the alumni relations sector. Since 2002, Daniel has worked with universities all over the country through this company Aluminati - founded to create effective online engagement tools to connect alumni with one another. He is also an active mentor himself.

Claire Kilner

Claire Kilner / Speaker

Deputy Director and Head of Alumni and
Donor Communications & Engagement

University of Manchester

Claire Kilner has worked in higher education Advancement since 1996 at the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester. She currently has responsibility for the strategic development of alumni relations programming for over 280,000 alumni based in over 200 countries and territories. She has particular responsibility for and interest in communications, international alumni relations, senior alumni engagement, volunteering, alumni involvement in enhancing student employability & experience and the role of the University in the continuing career development of alumni.

Nia Watkin-Jones

Nia Watkin-Jones / Speaker

Employability Consultant, Careers Service

University of Manchester

Nia manages Manchester Gold - one of the largest mentoring programmes in UK Higher Education. She is responsible for the strategic development of Manchester Gold from its current model to an online, self-selection matching system. Nia has over 10 years’ experience in the area of Higher Education recruitment, marketing and student engagement.

Richard Screaton

Richard Screaton / Speaker

Senior Alumni Officer

University of Manchester

Richard leads The University of Manchester’s alumni volunteering programmes and has over 15 years’ experience of both communications and alumni relations in the HE sector, having previously worked at Manchester Business School and The University of Salford.

Claudie Combelas

Claudie Combelas / Speaker

Head of Alumni Engagement

The University of Warwick

Claudie is a graduate of the University of Warwick having obtained both her undergraduate degree and Masters at the University. She has been working at the University of Warwick for the past sixteen years and has worked in Alumni Relations since 2004. She has now been the Head of Alumni Engagement for the past 7 years.

Dave Musson

Dave Musson / Speaker

Senior Online Communications Officer (Social Media)

The University of Warwick

Dave is the lead officer for social media with the University of Warwick's central marketing team, and has created and implemented a social media framework, as well as establishing a network of digital champions from across Warwick's campus and devising an induction-themed social media campaign that was nominated for a national award. He also delivers social media training and leads on social media strategy, monitoring and evaluation and is the co-chair of CASE Europe’s social media conference.

Lizzie Ruse

Lizzie Ruse / Speaker + Panellist

Student Skills and Development Co-ordinator

University of Sheffield

Lizzie Ruse was the eMentoring Coordinator at the University of Sheffield for the last 3 years, and now oversees the programme in her new role. Based in the Careers Service, she worked in close partnership with the Development, Alumni Relations and Events department to deliver a successful, careers-focused eMentoring programme making a real difference to Sheffield students and providing a worthwhile, rewarding experience for alumni volunteers. Lizzie is a PRINCE2 qualified project manager with a broad range of project and volunteer management experience in both HE and the community sector.

Lizzie Ruse

Emma Nagouse / Speaker

eMentoring Coordinator

University of Sheffield

Emma Nagouse is the newly appointed eMentoring Officer at the University of Sheffield and is taking forward co-ordination and expanding the reach and scope of the eMentoring programme. Emma is an experienced student engagement and volunteer management professional. Previously as the Academic Life Coordinator at Sheffield Students' Union, she managed a thousand-strong academic representation programme, undertook policy work and collaborative student engagement research with the University. Previously worked as a Research Assistant for the University's Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit.

Dr Paul Redmond

Dr Paul Redmond / Speaker

Director of Student Life

The University of Manchester

Dr. Paul Redmond is a leading expert on generations and the graduate labour market. An excellent keynote speaker and specialist on employment, Paul is also a presenter, author, researcher, media contributor. His work centres on the changing world of work and the challenges facing both students and graduate recruiters.

Lily Flaherty

Lily Flaherty / Panellist

Alumni Events and Volunteer Coordinator

King’s College London

Lily works within the Alumni Relations Team organising and delivering on a number of large engagement events including a lunch time series of discussions and talks, evening lectures and Alumni Weekend. Other key aspects of Lily’s role include delivering a series of mentoring support events throughout the year to maintain and nurture new and existing mentoring relationships via face to face interaction as well as through the King’s Connect platform.

Molly Southwood

Molly Southwood / Panellist

Head of Alumni Relations

University of Bath

Molly has spent over 10 years working in the Development and Alumni Relations sector. At the University of Bath she manages alumni volunteering programmes as well as the annual giving, communications and events teams. She has also overseen the alumni relations team's growth from three staff to nine, and the launch of several major projects, including Bath Connection, which allows students and alumni to search for advice and support from fellow graduates. Previously worked at Wells Cathedral School and the University of Exeter.

Hannah Fox

Hannah Fox / Panellist

Alumni Relations Manager,
Students and New Alumni

London Business School

Hannah has ten years’ experience of volunteer management and working in education. As well as managing the Alumni-Student Mentoring programme at London Business School, matching over 400 students every year with alumni mentors, Hannah works with 150 alumni volunteers to engage the newly graduated classes with alumni events, and connects students with alumni throughout their course.

Judie Gannon

Dr Judie Gannon / Speaker

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (Coaching and Mentoring)

Oxford Brookes University

Mentoring was a key feature in Judie’s doctorate study and she subsequently initiated and led a mentoring scheme for students in the Oxford School of Hospitality Management and developed several mentoring schemes across different sectors. Judie’s research interests include international human resource management, and management development, as well as coaching and mentoring. She is a member of the EMCC and CIPD, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring.

Georgina Dalton

Georgina Dalton / Speaker

Principal Lecturer for Quality and Validations

Oxford Brookes University

Georgina has responsibility for supporting new programme development and overseeing changes to existing programmes, including enhancement projects such as new mentoring schemes and professional accreditation. Her subject discipline is surveying and she has set up and manages a successful alumni mentoring scheme for students on real estate and planning programmes. She has recently led a university-wide enhancement project 'Sustaining Mentoring Schemes', which aims to support mentoring through the creation of training resources, software and administrative support systems, evaluation mechanisms and a portal showcasing the variety of mentoring opportunities to students at Brookes.


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See what happened last year

What last year's delegates
liked about MPC 2015

  • I found the event to be absolutely brilliant. The amount of learning achieved during the day; the excellent organisation; getting to look at future developments; speaking to people also working in small teams or on the same CRM as us.

  • The ability to hear from both alumni teams and careers teams and those who are just starting with mentoring and those who have been doing it for a while across different types of institutions.

  • The chance to meet others facing the same challenges as us.

  • A great way to come up with ideas of things we haven't yet considered.

  • The opportunity to hear from other Universities about mentoring and what has worked for them.

  • My first mentoring event, so the information available was of great value.

  • The group that attended contributed so much relevant information.

Conference details

For more information
or any queries, contact:

Louise Wong
Client Engagement Manager

+44 (0) 1638 676232
MPC twitter #AluminatiNG

2 Minton Enterprise Park,
Oaks Drive, Newmarket, CB8 7YY, UK

Venue Address:

Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester
and The Manchester Museum,
Oxford Road, M13 9PL