The Chairs 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 will open on 2 August 2021 and close on 31 August 2021. See below for FAQs or email us to be notified when applications open.

What can participants expect?

The 12-month program matches qualified and experienced female directors with leading ASX 200 company chairs and non-executive directors for one-to-one mentoring and a range of professional development offerings.

Mentees will advance their governance knowledge, establish their unique value proposition, gain unique boardroom insights and extend their professional director networks.

Who is eligible?

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 the AICD’s Company Directors Course
  • not currently working in a full-time executive role (or are actively transitioning to be a full-time NED in the next 12 months)

Full details of the 2022 Eligibility Criteria will be posted shortly.

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are all past and current chairs or experienced non-executive directors of ASX 200 listed companies, who are based in Australia. A full list of mentors who participated in the 2019-2020 Chair's Mentoring Program can be found here.

How much does it cost?

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

How do I apply?

Online applications will be open from 2 August 2021 to 31 August 2021.

Candidates are encouraged to read the 2022 Eligibility Criteria which will be posted shortly.