Godwin Communications Lead Chosen For Chambers of Commerce Mentorship Scheme
Catherine Hems, Associate Director, Communications and Engagement at national property development company Godwin Developments has been chosen as a mentor for a new scheme launched by Future Faces, the young professionals network powered by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.
The mentorship scheme, which opened for applications in August, will offer mentees the opportunity to develop their career skills with a one-to-one mentor who will support their future aspirations. In turn, mentors will develop their own skillset through this structured programme which involves both parties committing to monthly sessions for a minimum period of six months.
Initially launched with the ambition to offer 25 mentee and mentor places, the scheme has expanded due to demand and has matched 40 mentees – members of Future Faces – with 40 mentors, all of whom are professionals with more than 5 years’ industry experience.
The pilot scheme has been designed to provide an opportunity for young professionals across the West Midlands to benefit from guidance from senior business figures through one-to-one mentoring sessions. Training, guidance and support for participants will be available from the Chamber and the mentoring committee, who comprise professionals in the West Midlands, from a variety of sectors and with a range of experience.
As a member of the Bloom Network, a professional network for women in communications, Catherine has benefitted from individual mentoring sessions provided by senior women across her industry and is passionate about providing support for young women in business.
Commenting on launch of the scheme and her involvement, Catherine said: “I have had the benefit of some incredibly valuable mentoring relationships both formally and informally so far in my career and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this scheme.
“I look forward to the opportunity to help guide a Future Faces member, develop professional networks and contribute to the West Midlands’ future talent pipeline.”
“I’m looking forward to getting to know my mentee and helping them progress whilst developing my own skillset.”