National Mentoring Day announces Simon Fordham as its new Chair

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Simon Fordham
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In a significant development for mentoring in the UK and globally, National Mentoring Day (NMD) has officially announced the appointment of Simon Fordham as its new Chair, effective immediately. This strategic move aims to enhance the organisation’s reach and efficacy in advancing mentorship across various sectors.

Chelsey Baker, the CEO, and founder of National Mentoring Day said: “We are delighted to appoint Simon, his vision aligns with our core goals to elevate and amplify mentoring to be at the forefront and heart of business, education, and communities.”

“Simon brings a wealth of experience and a passionate commitment to mentoring. His impressive track record of supporting both government mentoring initiatives and business organisations in the UK makes him the ideal leader to steer the organisation into its next chapter, including the exciting launch of our global mentoring ambassadors. We are thrilled to have him on board and are confident that his leadership will greatly benefit our organisation and the mentoring community at large,” Baker said.

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Fordham expressed his honour and eagerness to contribute to the growth of National Mentoring Day. “I am immensely proud to support this vital global organisation as its new Chair. Mentoring has the power to transform lives and businesses and by extension, communities. Continuing my work in professional business support with government and various UK business support organisations, I am excited to bring my experience and expertise to expand the impact of National Mentoring Day.

“Together, we will strive to enhance the availability and quality of mentoring, making a lasting difference in the professional and voluntary landscape. I have been continually impressed by the growth, core values and high standards of National Mentoring Day and its dedication to elevate and support mentors and mentoring programmes.” Fordham remarked.

Fordham’s appointment is expected to bring fresh perspectives to NMD’s initiatives, year-round National Mentoring Campaign, and exciting 10th Anniversary expansion plans. His extensive background in business and his proactive involvement in mentoring programmes will play a crucial role in advancing the organisation’s objectives.

National Mentoring Day has been serving the mentoring industry since 2014. Founded to celebrate and promote the benefits of mentoring, with a special focus on inspiring and supporting individuals and businesses. It takes place annually on October 27th, with events, campaigns and support running throughout the year. It is now the largest celebration of mentoring in the world – touching the lives of over 18 million people worldwide.

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