Becoming a Mentor

A mentoring relationship is built on mutual trust, respect and communication, and provides both mentor and mentee with a wide range of personal and professional benefits – ultimately leading to improved performance in the workplace.

Kilfinan Australia mentors:

  • Listen to issues and challenges.
  • Give practical suggestions.
  • Offer alternative approaches.
  • Share access to other sources of support or ideas.
  • Build the mentees’ self-confidence.
  • Help crystallise priorities and develop action plans.
  • Provide insights about working with boards.
  • Discuss different ways to effectively manage performance.
  • Decrease the mentees’ feelings of isolation.

Our mentors volunteer their time and bring significant business experience to Kilfinan Australia. Prior to being matched with a mentee, each potential mentor meets with one of Kilfinan’s Executive Directors to explore the breadth and depth of the person’s skills and experience, as well as interests in the not-for-profit sector. The Executive Directors then identify an appropriate potential mentee match for the new mentor.

Kilfinan Australia mentors meet over an informal breakfast twice per year to share insights about their mentoring relationships and the not-for-profit sector.

Mentoring Agreements

Prior to formally starting a mentoring relationship, mentors and mentees are asked to sign a simple Mentoring Agreement, which sets out the initial goals and expectations for the relationship. This can then be used as a useful tool for reviewing progress on a regular basis.

Kilfinan Mentors

When you become a Kilfinan Australia mentor, you will be joining this distinguished list of professionals:

Patty Akopiantz
Rob Aldis
Patrick Allaway
Peter Allen
Vicki Allen
Rick Allert AO
John Ashby

Grant Bailey
Chris Barlow
Fiona Bennett
Penny Bingham-Hall
Alan Blagaich
Barry Bloch
Duncan Boyle
Steve Bracks AC
Dov Brener
Anne Brennan
Malcolm Broomhead
Lara Bruhns
Anna Buduls
Kerrie Burgess

Alberto Calderon
Elizabeth Carr AM
Dean Carroll
Pamela Catty
Nicola Chanen
Andrew Clark
Leigh Clifford AO
Peter Coleman
Tony Concannon
Helen Conway
Frank Cooper
Ewen Crouch AM

Sue Dahn
Diana D’Ambra
Maree Davidson AM
Ken Dean
Judith Downes
Tonianne Dwyer

Ted Evans

Joan Fitzpatrick
Nancy Fox
Leah Fricke

Michael Gill
Anne Giugni
John Gleeson
David Gonski AC

Tim Hammon
Jane Harvey
Margie Haseltine
Michaela Healey
Carolyn Hewson AO
Peter Hodgett
Evelyn Horton
Garry Hounsell
Trevor Hunt

Michael Ihlein
Shirley In’t Veld

Daniel Kleijn
Marius Kloppers
Peter Lamell

Susan Macken
Louise McCann
Sandra McComb
Marie McDonald
Rebecca McGrath
Simon McKeon AO
Peter McVean
Terry Moran AC
Hugh Morgan AC
Paul Mulraney
Anne Myers

Mick O’Brien
Duncan Ord
Wayne Osborn
Tony Osmond

Jane Perry
Sonia Petering
Jac Phillips
Tim Poole
Elizabeth Proust AO
Brian Purdy

Matthew Quinn

Michelle Reynolds
Greg Ridder
Tony Robinson
Nicola Roxon
Elana Rubin

Bob Santamaria
Nora Scheinkestel
Brian Scullin
Margie Seale
Debra Stirling
Meredith Sussex

Lindsay Tanner
David Thodey AO
Chris Thomas
Jane Tongs

Michael van de Wiel
Trudy Vonhoff

Michael Wachtel
Craig Wallace
John Warburton
Sharon Warburton
Anne Ward
Michael Webster
David Williamson
David Wills
Penny Winn

AMP Mentors
Tzipi Avioz
Chris Bell
Vicki Doyle
Anthony Fasso
Saskia Goedhart
Sean Henaghan
Victoria Hickey
Greg Johnson
Craig Keary
Arturo Mauleon
Patricia Montague
Mark Mullington
Sean O’Malley
Matthew Percival
Rachel Samson
Mark Valena
Mario Villa
Leanne Ward

Mentor Stories

Fiona Bennett Kilfinan Australia Mentor

Fiona Bennett’s Kilfinan mentee is CEO of a national advocacy organisation. She meets her mentee every 6-8 weeks for 1.5 hours during which they schedule their next meeting. “I get her to send me her questions ahead of our meetings. This allows me to prepare and to ensure both of us get the most out of our time together. I feel this structured approach is the key to our success as a team.”

Trevor Hunt Kilfinan Australia Mentor

Trevor Hunt feels he’s assisted one of his mentees by instilling confidence in his approach towards his board and guiding him on how to be more directive to ensure the organisation remains sustainable. For his second mentee, it’s been challenging her about the next stage of her life, including her legacy as a CEO. In return, Trevor’s learnt that not-for-profit CEOs put their hearts and souls into their organisation’s needs, often neglecting their own.

Anne Ward Kilfinan Australia Mentor

As a professional company director with extensive experience in business management, strategy, finance, risk and governance, Anne Ward especially enjoys working with her not-for-profit mentee. “It’s given me a deeper understanding of human services at the coalface, particularly family violence, homelessness and mental health issues – areas I’ve not been involved in before. These are complex issues requiring high level skills and expertise, and the risks of getting it wrong can be very significant.”

Daniel Kleijn Kilfinan Australia Mentor

Daniel Kleijn says that what motivates him as a mentor is that he gets to work with people who are exceptionally driven and passionate about what they do and the results they get. While the mentor and mentee often work in very different environments, he feels there are more touch points and commonalities than one might expect. “Starting with these commonalities, but using the difference in experience, is where the relationship becomes valuable.”

David Williamson Kilfinan Australia Mentor

David Williamson recognises that a CEO position is a lonely one. As a Kilfinan mentor with two matches, he feels his role – as well as offering guidance on people, financial and other strategic issues – is to “provide a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen”, allowing his mentees to discuss difficult issues which cannot be shared internally. He also values that the role gives him a greater understanding of the not-for-profit sector and the challenges it faces.