Who we are

Creative Mentor Network is a London-based charity that works directly with schools across London to connect talented young people from diverse backgrounds with those working in the creative industries.

Our mission is to make the creative world of work more inclusive.

Over our 16 week Mentor Development Programme, we train industry professionals as effective mentors and people managers. With our support, companies sponsor their employees to play an active part in developing themselves and diversifying the industry at the same time.

Read about us in Campaign, Creative Review, The Drum, It's Nice That, Positive news, Communications Magazine, Digital Arts

What we do

Train mentors
We train our mentors in coaching, helping them to build meaningful relationships that have a real impact on the young people they're working with. Individuals continue to harness their training beyond our programme in the workplace.
>> Our programme

Diverse young talent
We work closely with schools and colleges to identify talented and driven 16-19 year olds who don't have access to the networks, insights and soft skills they need. We match them with a mentor to help them achieve their potential.
>> Meet our mentees

Our model
Our model is designed so that everyone wins: supportive careers guidance for young people; inspiring coaching training for mentors; employee satisfaction and access to diverse talent for creative businesses. 
>> Our story

I've really enjoyed the whole process, it's actually really rejuvenated my attitude towards the industry as a whole and I'm feeling really excited about the future. It's also, as you can see, making huge waves at We Are Social.

Laura, Editor at We Are Social

“I've learnt that it’s a real two-way process. It gives you a different perspective on your own work. It's very easy when you work in the creative industries, to think everyone shares the same views - you end up advertising to yourself. Having a fresh younger perspective on stuff has been really interesting to me.”

Jasper, Senior Strategist at M&C Saatchi

To witness first hand the impact this initiative has had on the young mentees has been both moving and inspiring in equal measure. As for our own people, I saw them create meaningful relationships with their mentees and also with each other; they unified as a creative department around the programme with real commitment and enthusiasm.This programme had been transformational for everybody involved”

Mark Whelan, CCO at Havas

WHO IS nurturing DIVERSE TALENT with us?