New Career Change Mentor Groups: Seeking clarity for career change? Ready to change direction in your career?

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

We are excited to offer you the unique opportunity to participate in two brand new mentoring groups - if you are seeking clarity for career change or you are ready to change direction in your career then allow your change to start here and now!


New Career Change Mentor Groups: Seeking clarity for career change? Ready to change direction in your career? 

Which group is for you?

  • Are you unhappy in your job or looking for a career change but unsure what it will take for you to feel happy and fulfilled in a new job? Our Clarity Around Your Career Change will suit you.
  • If you know that you want to change industries but are worried that you might have to go backwards to go forwards, then our Changing Direction in Your Career group will suit you.


Group #1: Clarity around your career change

Do you feel like you’re in the wrong job, but you’re not sure what the right one looks like? Are you clear on what you don’t want but struggling to get clear on what you do want?  Are you starting to feel as though your confidence is waning and you’re at risk of taking another job that may be no better?

If you’re ready for a change and keen to make sure your next career step takes you in a direction where you can do work you’re good at and can grow with, in an environment that challenges, stretches and fulfils you, this is the mentoring group for you.

With support and prompts from your Mentees and Mentor, this mentoring group will help you understand what you want and need from a work environment to make a career move that really works for you. Mentees will guide each session to explore what they need to move forward. Topics may cover how to understand the value you add and to identify what you value most, how to create a career vision that will motivate you and enable you to make informed choices, or clarity on which elements of your career are non negotiable as you look for your next role and which are icing on the cake. 

Dates: Six sessions starting on Tuesday 3rd November. You must be able to attend all of the following eight dates: 3 November, 10 November, 17 November, 24 November, 1 December, 8 December, 15 December,  5 January
Times: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Near Old Street for November sessions. Either near Old Street or near Trafalgar Square for December sessions.
Mentor: Teresa Mitrovic

Teresa is the Managing Director and Lead Consultant at TM&Co Ltd.  An experienced executive coach and trainer, Teresa focuses on facilitating high performance practices in fast paced, highly pressured environments. She spends most of her time working in the corporate and public service world, helping people achieve more by combining effectiveness, enjoyment and stronger working relationships.

She has provided facilitation and bespoke team and leadership development for a host of clients including the Mayors Office for Policing and Crime and HS2, and has coached people at all levels, from middle managers and funded start-ups to MD's.  She has had the great pleasure of delivering career masterclasses for RBS, Barclays and EY amongst others, for audiences as small as 40 and as large as 180.

Teresa has a corporate background, working in senior roles at Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, and Hasbro and understands the pressures of combining parenthood with a career. Her adult son now lives in Auckland, Teresa’s home city. Raised in Auckland, Teresa moved to London six years ago with her husband - originally for six years - she now loves it almost too much to leave. You can find Teresa at 


Group #2: Changing direction in your career

Are you clear on the career change that you want to make but are feeling unsure of where to start? Are you looking to make the most of the skills and experience you have already gained without starting on the bottom rung?  Are you committed to exploring your options and taking the next step towards the career you want in a new industry or environment?

This mentoring group will draw on the challenge and support of your mentor and each other, to help you map out the steps that you need to take to successfully navigate a career change into a new industry. The discussions will be guided by where group members are in their journey and what it is they need to explore to be able to progress.  This could be about how to market your skills in a new way, how to use your network and how to overcome fears that arise when thinking about a career change.

You will get support and advice from your mentor and fellow mentees to explore your options, find direction and work to break down the barriers you may be facing in order to get new opportunities or that more senior role. 

Dates: Six sessions starting on Monday 2 November. You must be able to attend all of the following eight dates: 2 November, 9 November, 23 November, 7 December, 11 January, 18 January, 1 February, 8 February
Times: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location:  Near Chancery Lane, London
Mentor:  Jude O'Neill

Jude O'Neill is a leadership and impact coach who gets individuals and teams from where they are now, to where they want to be.  She finds it inspiring working with people to help them become clearer about their vision and she gets a real kick out of seeing people achieve more than they ever imagined possible.

Her own career journey has taught her that anything is possible. She went from studying psychology and information systems at Victoria University, to teaching English in Brazil, to being an auditor and project manager before heading back to university to do a Masters in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck. She now works in the learning team of a global organisation and is responsible for the personal skills development of her group.  It is here that she trained to be an executive coach which is the most fun and fulfilling part of her role.

She moved to London from Wellington 9 years ago and has spent most of
her time around Clapham and Brixton, where she now lives with her fiancé. After writing an article for people at work about how to cope with not getting the promotion they wanted, she was inspired to start a blog. She now writes about her ideas, thoughts and favourite tools to do with coaching, leadership and impact at


Apply now! Applications for both groups close at 9am Monday 19th October 2015


Our unique mentoring programme is an ongoing initiative that enables network members to jump-start their own individual journeys towards overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and realising their aspirations in any area of their life. Full details of the programme can be found here.

Dates don't work for you?
If you're unable to make these dates but are really keen to join a group on this theme then let us know and we'll see if we can get another group on the same theme started at some point in the future.

Not interested in this theme but want to be mentored?
New themes and groups will be launched regularly so make sure you are a member of the NZBWN to receive all the latest information. A list of upcoming themes can be found on the mentoring webpage.


Our all new Running Group

Written by Kristine Chadwick & Carol Yung.

women runningA few of you have expressed interest in joining a running club here in London, so we've decided to start a Kiwi running club that meets monthly at various locations in and around London for a Saturday (sometimes Sunday) morning run.

The runs are primarily social events - a chance to catch up, do a bit of exercise and reward ourselves with a good old brunch afterwards. All levels of runners are welcome, and we’ll do our best to offer longer and shorter route options so we can try and accommodate as many people as possible.

In 2016, for those who are interested, we're planning on getting a group together to run the Riga Half Marathon on Sunday 15th May. More details on this will be posted in the New Year. We also hope to find another event in September/October 2016.  

Routes, meeting spots, and brunch locations will be confirmed closer to the scheduled run dates.  Please sign up for the runs so we can adapt the runs to suit as best as possible and so we can book the brunch venue.

For now, please put the following dates in your diaries:

Sunday, 25th October 2015 at 10.00am (Register Now)

Saturday, 21st November 2015 at 10.00am (Register Now)

• Saturday, 20th February 2016  at 10.00am

• Saturday, 19th March 2016 at 10.00am

• Saturday, 23rd April 2016 at 10.00am

Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions of great running routes, recommendations for brunches, or interesting events, please contact Kris, or Carol,

Our Stories: Dale Murray

Written by Susan Pratchett.

Dale MurrayChatting with Dale Murray, CBE reminds me of that quote about “Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day – the difference is how you use it”. I have a sneaking suspicion that Dale might just fit more into a single hour, than I do my 24.

As a phenomenally successful tech entrepreneur, awarded ‘Angel’ investor, active champion of women in business, one of Debrett’s 500 Most Influential AND a married mother of three young boys – it’s an inspiring, if somewhat intimidating CV. But Dale herself is the very opposite of intimidating. Frank, charming, disarming and funny – she’s everything you’d hope for in a Kiwi success story.

A born and bred Aucklander, Dale was part of the management team that founded BellSouth NZ (for anyone who can’t remember BellSouth and the glorydays of the Nokia 6110... it was one of the two original mobile networks in New Zealand, and has subsequently turned into Vodafone NZ). But the travel bug bit – and Dale found herself setting out on her OE. She was drawn to London and the UK, and like so many of us, once she arrived, she found it hard to leave.

Our Stories: Molly Beddingfield

Written by Eleanor McIntosh.

Molly BedingfieldA social entrepreneur to her core, change and transformation for Molly Bedingfield are as natural as living and breathing. Born and raised in Raglan, the daughter of two pharmacists, Molly felt her parents’ connection to their local community early on, and how no matter one’s “platform” in life this can be used to make a difference and empower others to be an agent for change.

This belief came to underpin Molly’s daily life and at 21 she moved to London to undertake international charity work with various organisations. After 25 years working in the sector, and as a business coach and counsellor, she established Global Angels in 2005, a charity which seeks to enable families and villages in some of the poorest and most destitute regions in the world to adopt long term sustainable solutions to resource and transform their communities.

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