Chelsey Baker

The Lord, The Apprentice and The Mentor

Press Release   •   Nov 10, 2016 06:30 GMT

After the success of National Mentoring Day held on 27th October which received floods of support nationwide, a National summit to celebrate mentoring took place at the House of Lords; the perfect setting to draw attention to the crucial topic of mentoring. 

National Mentoring Day founded by Chelsey Baker, a leading business mentor, aims for every person in the UK to know how to access a mentor by 2020 and to recognise the invaluable contribution that mentoring makes to education, enterprise and society. Lord Young gave an inspiring speech on the importance of mentoring and welcomed more than 200 UK thought leaders, mentoring organisations and mentors. Lord Young a prominent mentoring advocate spent many years in government as David Cameron’s Enterprise Adviser and has been responsible for encouraging mentorship nationally. 

“I had a mentor when I started my first business and he saved me more than once. I hope that National Mentoring Day will encourage more and more people to act as a mentor. I know as I have acted as a mentor many times and it is very rewarding to both parties,” said Lord Young. 

Supporting the campaign is The Apprentice’s Courtney Wood who shared his own experiences of being mentored by the CEO and founder of National Mentoring Day Chelsey Baker. "Chelsey was a great asset in helping me in the right direction. I’m supporting National Mentoring Day because it’s something I strongly believe in.” “Mentoring helped grow my business and helped me grow as a person so I want to shout out that this is something that can help everyone. Learn from the mistakes of others so you don’t make them yourself!” 

Business celebrities including James Caan CBE and Peter Jones supported the National Mentoring Day campaign on Twitter. “Never underestimate the importance of those around you. Learn from their experience – it will be invaluable! #NationalMentoringDay,” said Peter Jones. In Wales the Welsh Government held celebrations at the Senedd in support of National Mentoring Day.

An exciting panel discussion talked about how the power of mentoring changed lives. Discussions on youth, diversity, student, ex offender and ex forces mentoring were led by Jonathan Freeman, Varinder Dhaliwal, Mosaic Princes Trust, Amrita Das, The Careers & Enterprise Company and Ken Cowan – School of Hard Knocks. Enterprise speakers included Helen Walbey – FSB, Clive Rich – Lawbite, Jackie Jenks and Jonathan Pfahl. 

Chelsey Baker’s closing comments, “We want to encourage everyone to set up a pledge of what their organisation is going to do to help reach our goal of everyone knowing how to access a mentor by 2020. Mentoring has the potential to trigger significant benefits on a global scale. Everyone has something to offer as a mentor and everyone has something to learn as a mentee. Mentoring should be accessible to any business, adult, child or group that needs it and National Mentoring Day will help make this happen.”

The summit event was supported by Lawbite & the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Notes to Editors: 

National Mentoring day pays tribute to all forms of mentoring with a key focus on celebrating and recognising mentoring to encourage more people to mentor. The day was founded by Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor to raise awareness on the mentoring opportunities available. The campaign aims to shine a light on mentoring for a diverse cross section of our society-for the unemployed, young people, veterans, ex-offenders, the homeless or those suffering from mental or physical disabilities. Mentoring is a way to create a more inclusive society. 

The initiative reinforces the importance of mentoring, encouraging the development of more mentoring schemes and creating a new awareness among the British public of the benefits mentoring brings. 

This nationally recognised day has already received government, industry, education and celebrity endorsements and widespread support from the media, politicians and wider industry as well as backing from the major mentoring organisations. 

Chelsey Baker, CEO and Founder of National Mentoring Day is one of the UK’s leading business mentors, having won the British Bankers' Association "Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Award, "Business Mentor of the Year" awarded by Start Your Business magazine and this year an award for her commitment to mentoring by the Association of Business Mentors.