Mentoring Professionals


presented by

Aluminati Network Group

Back by popular demand following the success of the MPC previously held at King's College London and the University of Manchester, the Mentoring Professionals Conference is an exclusive, two-day conference that brings together online and offline mentoring professionals from across the UK and Europe.

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 Roehampton in London, for a stimulating experience of knowledge sharing. You may even meet your own professional mentor!

hosted by
Roehampton University
in association with
Aluminati Network Group


(may be subject to change)

Thursday 12th April

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 Roehampton

Eleanor Merrick

Director of Alumni, Development and Careers, University of Roehampton

13:40 - 13:50

Session 1

Sarah Gero

Alumni Relations Manager, University of Roehampton

Alice Kolandjian

Mentoring and Volunteering Coordinator, University of Roehampton

13:50 - 14:40

Refreshments and Networking Break

14:40 - 15:00

Session 2 - The Mentoring Stom: What to do When Mentoring Takes Over Your Time and Your Resources

Top tips on how to reduce time spent by your team coordinating you mentoring programme, while increasing the impact of the programme externally and internally. Among other important issues, we will discuss how to plan your year, making the most our of your data and quick and easy interventions to increase engagement.

Maria Gutierrez

Mentoring Consultant

15:00 - 15:45

Session 3 - Launching Plymouth Connect – it’s all about the plan!

Jean Almond

In November 2015, Plymouth University launched Plymouth Connect to enable alumni around the world to connect with current students and support their employability. 350 alumni joined the platform in the first month and membership has grown steadily to almost 3,000 graduates. This presentation focuses on the successful marketing plan which was developed by the team to launch the platform and highlights some of the challenges which we encountered and lessons which we learned along the way.

15:45 - 16:35

Evening Instructions

16:35 - 16:45

Free time

16:50 - 18:00

Networking Drinks Reception

18:00 - 18:45

Networking Dinner

18:45 - 21:00

Post Dinner Drinks

21:00 - late

Friday 13th April

Session 4 - From School Comforts to University Challenges

Trinity has recently undergone a transition from an intimate school-specific mentoring programme to a broader university-based one. In this session, John will reflect on the journey of change they took and why they did it, including all the valuable insights gained along the way.

John Dillon

Alumni Director, Trinity College Dublin

09:00 - 09:50

Session 5 - The Art of Mentoring Matching and First Impressions

They say first impressions are the most important. So how about the first 'hour' of mentoring? What is best to use: manual matching or self-matching? The first communications and contact, the first experience, the first pairing. How do you make sure your mentors and mentees know what to do?

Maria Gutierrez

Mentoring Consultant

09:50 - 10:30

Refreshments and Networking Break

10:30 - 10:50

Session 6

Lina Slavickaite

Head of Career and Education Centre
Kaunas University of Technology

10:50 - 11:40

Session 7 - Engaging International Alumni/Participants

Molly Southwood

Head of Alumni Relations
University of Bath

11:40 - 12:30

Networking Lunch

12:30 - 13:10

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

13:10 - 13.55

Session 8

Irene Ketting

Communications Officer (Alumni Office & Leiden University Fund)
Leiden University

13:55 - 14:45

Networking Break

14:45 - 15:00

Session 9

Rhianon Washington

Academic Manager, University of Wales Trinity St David

15:00 - 15:50

Closing Plenary Guest Speaker

15:50 - 16:50

Closing Remarks

16:50 - 17:00

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.

Jean Almond

Jean Almond / Speaker

Alumni Engagement Manager

Plymouth University

Jean is a University of Plymouth graduate, who after working in a variety of sectors including database marketing, returned to work at the University in 2011. Jean heads up a small team which makes successful collaboration a key part of her role. In 2015, feedback from alumni and work with the Careers and Employability Service combined to make a strong case for an online platform which did more than simply recreate Facebook or LinkedIn. Jean led a project to implement Plymouth Connect, the online platform for alumni, students and staff. The platform, which enables students and alumni to search for advice and support from fellow graduates, now has over 3,000 members.

John Dillon

John Dillon / Speaker

Alumni Director

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

John Dillon has over 20 years of experience in technology and marketing sectors. Since joining Trinity Development & Alumni in 2008, as Alumni Director, he has overseen the growth of Trinity College’s engagement with its 100,000+ alumni at home and abroad. This has included all forms of communications, events and services for alumni and students as well as providing various opportunities for them to support Trinity and each other through networking, volunteering and donating. His remit includes managing the Trinity Gradlink mentoring programme.

Sarah Gero

Sarah Gero / Speaker

Alumni Relations Manager

University of Roehampton

Sarah started working at Roehampton in 2012, focusing on event management and the organisation of the graduation ceremonies. With the establishment of the Department of Alumni Development in 2013, she was able to focus her efforts on a more robust Alumni Relations Programme for Roehampton. This work has continued to grow in the last two years with the expansion of the department to include the Careers Team. In her role as Alumni Relations Manager, Sarah oversees many projects including the online mentoring platform, Roehampton Connect.

Maria Gutierrez

Maria Gutierrez / Speaker

Mentoring Consultant

Maria has over 5 years of experience in volunteer management. Working alongside Boston and Harvard Universities, she has managed a program supporting refugees and immigrants in their transition to the country, and a mentoring programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. She single-handledly launched and grew the bespoke King's Connect mentoring platform - an engagement project now respected throughout KCL, bringing together over 1000 mentors globally. She developed the Alumni Volunteer Programme, managing nearly 5000 volunteers worldwide. She is also a certified mentoring trainer and a CBT trained coach.

Irene Ketting

Irene Ketting / Speaker

Communications Officer

Leiden University

At the Leiden Alumni Office, Irene is responsible for the co-ordination and expansion of the reach and scope of the eMentoring programme launched in 2016. She is also the lead officer for the social media pages directed at the university’s alumni and has created and implemented a social media framework. Together with the fundraising team, she supports university colleagues in creating and unfolding successful campaigns on the university’s own crowdfunding platform.

Molly Southwood

Alice Kolandjian / Speaker

Mentoring and Volunteering Coordinator

University of Roehampton

Alice has 10 years of experience working in universities within the U.S. and U.K. She has worked at Roehampton since June 2013 and transferred over to the Mentoring and Volunteering Team when Roehampton Connect was first introduced to the University. Alice was responsible for the launch of Roehampton Connect and currently promotes, runs, and maintains the platform. Two years ago, Careers and Alumni joined teams to create the Alumni, Development and Careers Department. Alice takes advantage of working with both the Alumni and Careers teams, staying well connected with students and graduates while promoting Roehampton Connect.

Eleanor Merrick

Eleanor Merrick / Speaker

Director of Alumni, Development and Careers

University of Roehampton

Eleanor has gained most of her higher education experience at Roehampton; for many years in marketing and latterly in alumni and development – setting up the department in 2013 and which she summarises as “a switch from recruitment marketing to loyalty marketing”. In the last two years she has brought the Careers function into the department and established a new placements team, citing the work of her colleagues in alumni and development as vital to the success of both these areas. Prior to Roehampton she worked in corporate communications in the computer games industry and in PR agencies in the North West.

Lina Slavickaite

Lina Slavickaite / Speaker

Head of Career and Education Centre

Kaunas University of Technology

Lina has gained international experience by running and participating in projects in Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Turkey, etc. She is currently working as an expert by building new study programs for Kaunas University of Technology. Her current focus of work is on Mentoring, Students’ Employability, Career Management and Counseling, Career Monitoring, Talent Management, and Collaboration with Business and Alumni networks.

Molly Southwood

Molly Southwood / Speaker

Head of Alumni Relations

University of Bath

Molly has spent nearly 10 years working in the development and alumni relations sector. At the University of Bath, she manages alumni volunteering programmes as well as the alumni communications and events teams. In her five years at Bath, she has overseen the alumni relations team's growth from three staff to seven, and the launch of several major projects, including Bath Connection, which allows students and alumni to search for advice and support from fellow graduates. Prior to arriving at Bath, in 2009 Molly was Development Officer at Wells Cathedral School and Stewardship and Events Officer at the University of Exeter.

Rhianon Washington

Rhianon Washington / Speaker

Academic Manager

University of Wales Trinity St David

A product and advocate of lifelong learning Dr Rhianon Washington has, over the past 10 years, engaged in the promotion, use and training of mentoring in the workplace. Currently affiliated with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, she has previously been the scheme trainer for the North West Mentoring Scheme and has consulted on a variety of mentoring programmes in higher education. The phenomenon of toxic mentoring formed her doctoral research at Oxford Brookes University in 2013. How to deal with toxicity is explored in her book, The Mentor’s Companion, A Guide to Good Mentoring Practice, due to be published in April 2018.


Early Bird Rate Delegate Ticket (until 15th February 2018): £179 + VAT
Standard Delegate Ticket (from 16th February 2018 onwards): £199 + VAT

  • Registration includes:

  • Entry to any sessions across two days
  • Badge
  • Programme pack
  • Access to resources post-conference
  • Networking Drinks Reception and Dinner on Thursday night
  • Lunch and refreshments on two days
  • Accommodation is NOT included
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See what happened previously

What delegates
like about MPC

  • This was a well organised and valuable event - thank you ! It was great to have a wide variety of institutions represented, with a varying degree of maturity in mentoring programmes with which to compare. Sharing best practice from the likes of Manchester and Sheffield was fascinating to learn from. There were valuable discussions on the table and at the dinner and post drinks; having time away from a structured conference to 'network' and continue discussions was most worthwhile.

  • It was a really good and interesting programme. Some useful ideas sharing from colleagues which I am sure we will be implementing. Hope that there will be another one next year.

  • Excellent opportunity for me, as a new mentoring professional, to learn about mentoring and the different forms it takes in other institutions.

  • Great mix of people, well structured and organised and good topics covered.

  • There was a great diversity of topics, very friendly delegates and plenty of networking opportunities. The conference organisers were fantastically communicative.

  • The networking opportunities and the different experiences and point of views shared.

  • 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 Success Manager

+44 (0) 1638 676232
MPC twitter @AluminatiNG

Hyperion House (First Floor),
The Oaks, Fordham Road,
Newmarket, Suffolk,

Venue Address:

Grove House,
Froebel College,
University of Roehampton,
Roehampton Lane,
London SW15 5PJ