Become a MENTOR

09 Apr 2024

Becoming a New Zealand Women in Wine Mentor

We are looking for experienced female leaders within the industry to volunteer as mentors. If selected, they will become a mentor for a female mentee applying for a place on the 2024 programme.  The mentee is seeking to gain a wider perspective of the wine industry and how that relates to their own career aspirations. 

The role of the mentor is voluntary although expenses incurred in attending a compulsory mentor training session in Marlborough will be covered by a sum paid by mentees towards the running of the programme.

Mentees are asked to sign an agreement acknowledging that any mentoring is provided in good faith as a sharing of experience and knowledge and that neither the mentor or New Zealand Winegrowers will be liable in any way for any loss and/or damage that may arise from the mentoring relationship, including by the mentee’s reliance on information, guidance or advice provided by the mentor.

The commitment from the mentor will be for the six month period of the programme starting in July 2024 and will involve an initial face to face meeting and then five subsequent meetings either by in person, virtually or by phone. Mentors will also be asked for feedback from time to time during the programme.

The 3 hour compulsory mentor training session will be held on 2 July 2024 at Spy Valley Vineyards, Marlborough.

We anticipate that there will be considerable interest in the programme and therefore it is likely to be over subscribed, however, this will not stop applicants from applying again in the future.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate to mentor within our industry, please ensure you satisfy the criteria below and submit the application form before 3 June 2024.

Criteria for being a Mentor

  • you have proven levels of experience and leadership within the wine industry or other industries prior to your current role.
  • you have an empathetic manner, are able to listen and encourage others to think for themselves, rather than tell them what to do. You are keen to develop others.
  • you commit to keeping the mentor/ mentee relationship and all matters discussed within those sessions as private and confidential
  • you can commit to an involvement in the programme over a six month period from July 2024 involving six  meetings with your mentee ( the initial session to be face to face and then subsequent meetings in person, virtually or by phone)
  • you can commit to the compulsory mentor training session on 2 July 2024. (Your travel expenses will be covered)
  • you can commit to providing some feedback 
  • the company you work for/own is a member of New Zealand Winegrowers or you are closely associated with the wine industry (eg. educator, contractor, retired from wine industry)
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • you have completed the application form and attached your current CV/or summary of your career and experience.  

All applicants will be contacted by mid June 2024 after the selection panel has made its decision.

All applications will be treated in absolute confidence.

If you are unable to access the Application Form and work for a NZ Winegrowers' member organisation, please contact Hannah Stanton-Kerr ( to request a login.

Otherwise please email and request the relevant MENTEE or MENTOR form.

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