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Accelerating the development of diverse
talent through cross-company mentoring so the leaders of today and tomorrow and drive positive change.

2023 has seen our largest cohort of senior leaders and mentees commit to our unique cross-industry mentoring programme.

In addition to the programme, mentees and mentors have access to D&I in Grocery's exclusive Partner Hub where they can connect with 1000+ partner colleagues and access the latest content, Learning Labs and Podcasts.

Mentees also enjoy annual face to face networking events, providing a unique opportunity to increase their industry networks and make new connections.

in 2023 we matched 400 candidates


  • Cross-company scheme, bringing together senior leaders and mentees from across the industry
  • Matching based on the mentee’s needs
  • Research-backed matching process eliminates unconscious bias
  • Opportunities for growth, networking, and development
  • Ongoing support, coaching tips and guidance provided
  • Tailored 12-month programme
D&I in Grocery LIVE!
Intercontinental London O2
©Steve Pope

It’s a really curated programme that helps to have a shift, it’s more than just dipping your toes in the water, this is best in class.

Ria Johal - Amazon
Programme Manager

You should help each other to succeed the mentoring programme is an opportunity to help others get to a senior level and they in turn help others as they are coming along

Annabel Tagoe-Bannerman - Bakkavor Gorup
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

For your mentee you can give future leaders in your business an opening into a world that they are simply not going to get anywhere else. Mentoring is a great chance to practise being inclusive with someone who is not paid to respect you

Gavin Lissimore - Red Bull
Head of Category Marketing

Having someone that you may no know at all, actually enabled a full set of open conversations which you don’t always get when you are dealing with internal mentors or colleagues, it’s a cross pollination of ideas, thoughts, discussions, and challenges.

Scott Kellaway-Moore - Saputo
Sales Director

Our mentees have really benefitted from the external perspective and connections that have enhanced their career and development planning discussions. Our mentors have also openly acknowledged the structure and support of the programme has been invaluable!

Nicky Downs - Nomad Foods Europe Ltd
Regional HR Director UK & Ireland


Here you can find answers to questions we get asked most about the D&I in Grocery Mentoring programme.

The programme runs for 12 months from 1st Feb 2024 to 1st Feb 2025

Pushfar – is the system we use to blind match mentors and mentees. If you have created a pushfar account and do not receive any confirmation or emails from Pushfar, please add the site to your safe senders list in your email and let your IT department know so your organisation’s firewall doesn’t block any further communications. The D&I in Grocery team will send matching information and other key communication via email.

We suggest that you schedule monthly meetings during the year to get the most from the programme. During your first meeting it is helpful to plan your meeting dates and times for the rest of the year.

Networking sessions are an opportunity for you to meet with your fellow mentees face to face and network with other members of the programme.

Please contact us for next steps [email protected]

Please let us know by emailing [email protected] and your organisation’s programme key contact. If you are moving within the industry and your current organisation is happy for you to continue, then you may do so. If you are leaving the industry, we ask that you give up your place on the programme. If this is within three months of the programme start date, we will ask your organisation to nominate a mentee or mentor to take your place.

We understand that circumstances can change at short notice – please let us know by emailing us at [email protected] and inform your programme key contact as soon as possible.

If this is unresolvable and you cannot keep this out of your discussions – please contact us [email protected] and your programme key contact to discuss next steps.

Please contact us [email protected] if you have not heard from your mentor or mentee and we will follow up with them and their programme key contact.