The Chair’s Mentoring Program is the AICD’s flagship board diversity initiative aimed at boosting the participation of women on boards. Running since 2010, the program now has an alumni of more than 340 mentees, many of whom hold directorships on Australia’s most prominent boards.

The next Chair’s Mentoring Program is scheduled to run in 2022. Applications for the Chair's Mentoring Program closed on Tuesday 31 August 2021. All applications will be advised of an outcome in October 2021.

Download the Terms and Conditions including eligibility criteria for full details.

What are the program objectives? 

The AICD Chair’s Mentoring Program is one of a number of AICD initiatives aimed at improving board performance and governance through diversity. 

The Program is designed to connect chairs and experienced non-executive directors of ASX 200 listed companies (‘Mentors’) with a pool of experienced and skilled women who may be suitable for director roles (‘Mentees’).

The 12-month program offers one-to-one mentoring and a range of professional development offerings with the aim of assisting the Mentees to:

  • develop and prepare for the next steps in their director journeys;
  • gain insights into their unique value proposition for boards;
  • increase their practical knowledge of listed companies and how listed company boards operate; 
  • gain valuable insight, advice and guidance on the process of selecting and appointing new directors; 
  • foster connections with influential business leaders.

What can participants expect?

Mentors in the AICD Chair’s Mentoring Program are past and current chairs or experienced non-executive directors of ASX 200 listed companies.

More than 150 Mentors have participated in the program since 2010. A list of Mentors from the 2019-2020 Chair's Mentoring Program can be found here.

Mentors are encouraged to meet with their Mentees at least six times during the year-long program to provide insights and advice on career advancement and their experiences on high-performing boards.

Alongside the mentoring sessions, the AICD offers Mentees a program of a masterclass and workshops that may be attended virtually or face-to-face.

Although it is hoped the Program will assist the Mentees achieve board appointments, this is neither the role of, nor within the control of, Mentors or the AICD.


What are the key program dates?

2 August 2021   Applications for 2022 Program open 
31 August 2021 Applications 2022 Program close
October 2021 Shortlisted candidates notified
November 2021 2022 Mentees announced
1 December 2021 Sydney launch* (full-day program including evening networking event)
8 December 2021 (TBC)  Melbourne launch* (full-day program including evening networking event)
January – November 2022  Two workshops in Sydney/Melbourne**
  Director lunches in Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth
December 2022 Program close events (dates TBC).

* Launch events: Mentees are expected to attend either of the Sydney or Melbourne launch event. Mentees residing outside of NSW and Victoria will have accommodation and flights covered by the AICD and the major supporter of the Chair’s Mentoring Program.

** Mentee workshops are scheduled for Sydney and Melbourne. Mentees are invited to attend in person and will be required to meet travel costs.

Applicants are encouraged to note Program launch event dates for 2021. A 2022 event and workshop schedule will be provided to the Mentees before the start of the Program. 

What are the eligibility criteria? 

The Chair’s Mentoring Program is open to women with senior leadership and director experience who are looking to establish their non-executive board careers and: 

  • have current membership with the AICD;
  • have completed or are completing the AICD’s Company Directors Course; and
  • are not currently working in a full-time executive role (or are actively transitioning to be full-time NEDs in the next 12 months).

The Program is available to applicants residing in Australia. Mentees are matched with Mentors from the same state/territory where possible.

Applications from outside Australia

Applicants currently residing overseas will only be considered for the Program if they are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or will be residing in Australia during the period of 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022.

Full Terms & Conditions including eligibility criteria for the 2022 Program can be downloaded here.

What are the program costs?

There are no participation or application fees for the AICD Chair’s Mentoring Program.

Travel costs 

Mentees are required to cover travel expenses to attend meetings arranged with their Mentor. 

Travel and accommodation costs to attend launch and close events in Sydney and Melbourne will be provided for Mentees residing outside of NSW and Victoria. 

Mentee workshops are also scheduled for Sydney and Melbourne. Mentees are invited to attend in person and will be required to meet travel costs.

What is the selection process?

Mentees are selected by an Advisory Selection Committee comprising representatives from the AICD, senior ASX 200 directors and other key stakeholders.

The selection process aims to match Mentees with Mentors based on experience, expectations for the Program and career aspirations. The AICD anticipates 30 to 40 Mentee/Mentor pairs will participate in the 2022 Chair’s Mentoring Program. 

Candidates who are progressed to the shortlist will be notified in October and invited to participate in a virtual interview. 

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email in November. Due to the volume of applications received, the AICD will not be able to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. The decision of the Advisory Selection Committee is final and no further review or discussion will be entered into.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Chair's Mentoring Program closed on Tuesday 31 August 2021. All applications will be advised of an outcome in October 2021.