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Mentoring initiative launched to fast-track female leaders in hospitality
Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive, UK Hospitality

Mentoring initiative launched to fast-track female leaders in hospitality

Global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson partners UK Hospitality with BT Sport and Elliott’s in industry-wide undertaking.

UK Hospitality, in partnership with leading executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, Elliott’s and BT Sport, has launched the first industry-wide mentoring initiative to help female managers working in hospitality and leisure break through into senior executive and board level roles.

The goal is to provide women who want to be considered for senior management roles with outstanding mentoring, advice and motivation from objective mentors to help them achieve it. This is particularly important for the many women who work in very small companies where formal support may not otherwise be available.

“The vision behind this is to give talented women the empowerment and support they need to achieve leadership roles,” said Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UK Hospitality. “We also want to build a network of senior mentors from across the hospitality industry to support the next generation of inclusive leaders.”

Holly Addison, Head of Hospitality and Leisure at Odgers Berndtson and a member of the steering committee launching the new initiative, added: “We want more women to believe in themselves and their ability to contribute, at the most senior levels, to the success of their organisations.”

Odgers Berndston launched its own Charter for Change earlier this year, having heard from many female candidates across the industry that mentoring had a strong role to play. The hope is now that potential mentors will come forward – initially making themselves known to participating partners – and that all taking part will help to refer individual women who might benefit from the additional support.

The initiative follows months of discussion between Odgers Berndtson, UK Hospitality, BT Sport and Elliott’s. Being industry-wide it should be of equal benefit to women working in the industry across large and small companies.

A recent industry study, conducted by UK Hospitality and industry research group CGA, found that 82% agreed there should be more women on leadership teams in the sector and 65% believed it was important to have a mentoring scheme in place – yet 48% had no plans to implement one and 71% thought a sector-wide initiative would help.

Odgers Berndtson is an international executive search firm operating in 61 offices across 29 countries across EMEA, North and South America and Asia Pacific. The firm offers a wide range of role and sector expertise to find and develop senior executives and non-executive for quoted and privately held businesses and public organisations.

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