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FST Mentoring

FST’s Mentoring Programme has been a core element of our work for the last 12 years and supported many in our sector with direction, development, and learning.

Mentoring is a two-way partnership of mutual respect, between someone with experience and someone who is seeking support. The FST Mentoring programme aims to raise self-awareness, encourage increased self-reflection, and support a people-centric approach to working. The skills are transferable and applicable in any walk of life, be it at work or home.

If you have any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact Fiona McCurdy, Professional Development Manager.

FST Mentors

Being a Mentor is an enriching experience and an excellent CPD opportunity for those interested in supporting others in the sector. As part of the programme, you’ll take part in bespoke training to further improve your management and leadership skills, while contributing to your industry peers’ personal and professional development.

The commitment you make as a Mentor is to attend Mentor training and then, throughout the year, have between six and eight sessions with your Mentee. If you decide to continue mentoring the following year, you will be asked to attend Mentor refresher sessions.

Applications are now closed, and will reopen in February 2022.

FST Mentees

The FST Mentorship scheme offers professionals working within the performing arts a personal mentor and six to eight mentoring sessions. These sessions are designed as opportunities for analysis, reflection and action to enable you to achieve success in your work.

Using coaching models, Mentors will encourage and support you in finding solutions to the professional challenges you face.

Applications are now closed, and will reopen in March 2022

Andonella Thomson – biography

FST Mentoring is run by Andonella Thomson from Kingscavil Consulting. Andonella Thomson began her career as a trainer and worked for many years as Learning & Development Manager at Ernst & Young.  She is highly experienced and has worked side by side many business leaders both in the Arts and in other sectors. Her coaching style includes using a wealth of tools and techniques which help people develop new skills and fine tune existing skills, achieving their best potential and finding their way forward. Andonella is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a Certificate in Coaching Practice from Westminster University (recognised by the Association for Coaching). She is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and holds a B.Ed Hons in English Literature. 

The FST Mentoring Programme will draw on Andonella’s experience and she will make sure that Mentors are equipped with the resources to deliver mentoring feel supported throughout the whole journey.