The Chairs Mentoring Program is the AICD’s flagship board diversity initiative designed to enable highly-experienced and qualified emerging female directors (‘Mentees’) the opportunity to develop as directors and understand their unique value proposition to boards.

This is one of a number of AICD initiatives aimed at improving board performance and governance through diversity.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Chair’s Mentoring Program are now closed.

Please contact us here if you'd like to express your interest in future programs.


What is the aim of the Program?

The Program introduces Mentees to chairs and experienced past and current ASX200 directors (‘Mentors’).

The Program aims to assist Mentees to:

  • gain knowledge and skills that will assist them in the transition process from executive to non-executive director, enabling them to contribute as peers in the boardroom;
  • gain insights into their unique value proposition for boards;
  • increase their practical knowledge of governance issues in 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; and
  • develop and grow as directors and people, understanding the program is one element in their director journeys.

The Program is also designed to enhance the connections of chairs and experienced directors of ASX200 listed companies with a pool of experienced and skilled women who may be suitable for director roles.

In the long-term, it is hoped that the Program will assist Mentees (through the provision of advice, guidance and support of Mentors) to contribute effectively as directors and achieve their professional goals.

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

Who are the Mentors?

The Mentors are past and current chairs or experienced non-executive directors of ASX200 listed companies. The Mentors are currently based in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. A full list of Mentors who participated in the 2017-2018 mentoring program can be found on here. The list of available Mentors may change at any time.

How much does it cost to apply?

There is no application fee. Mentors agree to participate in the Program on a voluntary basis.

For potential costs and expenses incurred through participation in the program (such as travel and accommodation), please read our Terms and Conditions in the Eligibility Criteria.

How do I apply for the Program?

Applications for the 2019-2020 Chair’s Mentoring Program are now closed.

Please contact us here if you'd like to express your interest in future programs.

Do I need to be a member of the AICD?

The Program is exclusive to women who are members of the AICD. Current members will be asked to provide their membership ID in their application. If you do not know your membership ID, please contact your Members & Directors Executive.

If you wish to become a member of the AICD, please join online or contact a Members & Directors Executive in your state on 1300 739 199.