WFTV has an extensive database of past and potential mentors who are keen to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation. Once mentees have been selected for the scheme they are hand-matched with an experienced industry figure who commits to spending at least six hours with their mentee over six months. Mentors are drawn from across the film and TV industry
Pat Younge – MD, Sugar Films
André Singer – MD, Spring Films
Maddy Darrall – MD, Darrall Macqeen
Michelle Matherson, Production Talent Executive, Shiver
Yu-Fai Suen, COO, Rocket Pictures
Hilary Davis, Co-MD, Bankside Films
Carol Parke, HR Director, Technicolor
Christopher Figg – Film Producer/ CEO, Piccadilly Pictures / Magna Films
Debbie Vertue – General Manager, Hartswood Films
Dorothy Byrne – Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4
Christopher Hird – MD, Dartmouth Films
Natascha Cadle – Founder and Facility Director, Envy Post Production
Sara Putt – MD, Sara Putt Associates
What the mentors say about the scheme
The WFTV mentor scheme is a fantastic way to utilise the experience of TV professionals to further the careers of the next generation of content makers. The scheme benefits the mentees and the mentors equally - it really is a two-way thing, listening and discussing the minutiae of one's working life and realising that it was the small stuff that we had all but forgotten that made the big stuff possible.
Joint MD Darrall Macqueen
There's no doubt the WFTV scheme is truly effective, and also thoroughly enjoyable - on a personal level it's genuinely rewarding to help make a substantial and lasting difference in someone's career.
Co-CEO, Corona Television
This was the first time I had been a mentor on a formally arranged mentoring scheme. The mentee was perfectly chosen, the induction gave some clear and sound advice and I found being a mentor rewarding and interesting.
Executive Producer, Dartmouth Films
As a first time formal mentor, I found the scheme to be well set up, professionally supported with a wonderfully talented Scheme Producer who was able to match a mentee that was uncannily perfectly suited to both our background and experience. A key aspect was often to provide support and re-affirmation of the mentee's own abilities and potential. A wonderfully fulfilling experience and would recommend to anyone who has not been a mentor before.
Chief Operating Officer, Rocket Pictures
I can recommend the scheme. It's always useful and enjoyable to see the world from the perspective of someone starting out and to see what value you can contribute.
MD Comedy Central
The Mentee scheme is a exceptionally rewarding programme to be part of. To watch the transformation of the individuals over the period of six months is astonishing. For anyone to have the time to dig deep into what is most important, set goals and implement change to reach them is a unique opportunity that very few will ever have.
I was perfectly matched with my mentee and believe that we both derived a benefit from our series of meetings. Training is crucial for the continued development of careers, especially for women, as the commercial side of the business is often overlooked but is vital if films are to be successful in the worldwide market place.
Co-Managing Director, Bankside Films
Nothing is more effective in our fraught industry than the marriage of experience to aspiration. Linking mentees with passion and drive to industry veterans prepared to guide them is a great way to help remove some of the many hurdles ahead.
MD Spring Films
Coming from the "business" side of the film & TV world, where there is still no official training, this scheme is vital as it enables other business women to learn from those of us who have experienced the peaks and troughs of running a company in a very competitive market. Running a business in film and TV has never been easy and the comfort of having a mentor to help a growing business I think is invaluable. I know it's been said before, but a scheme like this would have helped me no end when I started in the business.