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About The Kilfinan Group

The Kilfinan Group is a group of senior business people who provide free and informal mentoring to charity chief executives.

The Group was founded by Nicholas Ferguson, Chairman of BSkyB plc, in 2003.  It now has six ‘Chapters’ and around 120 members.

The Group is committed to absolute confidentiality. Mentors attend occasional Chapter meetings to share their experiences and to keep abreast of developments in the voluntary sector, but these are never shared outside the Group.

Mentors, who volunteer their time, have extensive business experience and each brings a range of skills and interests.

The Group is informal and, once matched, mentors and mentees are free to structure their relationship to fit their needs and styles. We recommend that meetings take place 4-6 times per year.

Extraordinarily positive feedback in recent years has confirmed the real value of these partnerships.


Becoming a Mentor

Our mentors bring a range of business experience to the Group and each person has their own style and approach.

By its nature, mentoring is about establishing a relationship. Each mentoring relationship is unique and created by the two participants. However, in our experience, mentors can:

  • Listen to issues
  • Give practical suggestions
  • Offer alternative approaches,
  • Share access to other sources of support or ideas
  • Build self-confidence
  • Provide introductions to other organisations where appropriate
  • Help set priorities and action plans

The position as a trusted aide outside the established reporting structure enables mentors to advise on issues such as dealing with trustees, managing performance, or handling pressure from funders.

The Chapters are informal groupings of 18-20 people, and each is chaired by one of the founding members of the Group. We organise bi-annual meetings for each Chapter so that mentors can share their experiences, benefit from the advice of other mentors and meet other people in the Group.

We aim to keep the Group deliberately informal and, once matched, mentors and mentees are free to structure their relationship to fit their needs and styles, as well as the frequency and scope of conversations.

If you would like to become a mentor then please contact the Group Co-ordinator at