Mentoring can be a very powerful tool in career development for anyone working in major projects. The process requires a well-chosen mentor; this is a relationship that works both ways and both mentor and mentee should benefit from the interaction. It also requires clear objectives in terms of what you plan to get out of the relationship. 

The Major Projects Association mentoring scheme is designed to support key decision makers (for example: project sponsors, senior responsible officers, project or programme directors) in member bodies, facing challenges in particularly large, complex or innovative projects. At this stage of the scheme we cannot facilitate mentoring for more junior staff. 

Contacts will be handled in confidence through the Association’s Executive Staff. The Association’s role is to make an introduction between the decision maker expressing the need of advice and the Executive team’s view of fit from those we know are prepared to help. 

To give you a flavour of our mentors and the shape and influences on their careers, we’ve been recording a series of ‘A Mentor in Five Questions’ interviews. 

The five questions we have asked our mentors are: 

Question 1: What are you most proud of in your project delivery career? 
Question 2: Risk-seeking or risk-averse? 
Question 3: What decision (or indecision) do you most regret? 
Question 4: Who has been your most influential role model and why? 
Question 5: If you could do any job, what would you most like to do? 

Martin Buck, Watling Fosse

Martin, who describes himself as a project ‘wonk’ who always wanted to be in construction and whose career has included working on Private Finance Initiative funded projects as well as Crossrail

Simon Webb, The Nichols Group

Simon Webb, has worked on some of the most high-profile projects in the public and private sector during his career. In this short video he shares his outlook on what has made that career: the opportunities, the decisions that have taken him to where he is today.

If you would like to know more about the programme, either as a possible mentee or as a mentor contact Manon Bradley in the first instance.