A new cross-industry, free and inclusive mentoring initiative for young people working across Creative, Media, Consulting, Marketing, Publishing and Technology.

In partnership with Youngbloods.




Why this matters

We are an industry with a heavy skew toward young people faced with increased pressure and exposure, alongside the effects of a longer deliverables, shorter deadlines, fewer resources, smaller budgets, "evolve or die" culture.


Research we conducted revealed: 


  •  96%  of industry under 30yrs don’t have access to mentors or a mentoring program independent of their organisation.

  • There is a real need for objective and honest advice on the difficult to discuss topics from those who had experienced it or can give a breadth of industry perspective.

  • The top four things young people are finding the most challenging being:

  1. Negotiating pay rises and promotions,

  2. Maintaining boundaries and saying no,

  3. Mental stress and anxiety,

  4. Managing workload and burnout.

What it is

The Trenches is as much about experience sharing as advice giving. Hearing about other people’s experiences and challenges can be a catalyst for change in yourself. Seeing how leaders have gone through similar situations removes the stigma of guilt, failure or inertia, empowering positive action.  

In a nutshell: 

One-on-one mentoring sessions with up to 5 leaders over a 6 month period.  

Be it general career advice or progression, navigating politics or real personal struggles, nothing is off-limits.


A way to support and develop the next-gen culture of our industry. 

Who it's for

Primarily, anyone under 30 in media, creative, marketing, consulting or technology industry.

Frankly, anyone over 30 and you feel you want this too by all means.


Anyone feeling they need support or objective advice, be it professional, intellectual or emotional. 

*While we wish to support everyone it is based on capacity requirements, so jump in quick. 





Anshika Grover

Transformation, Insight and Innovation, Optus



Jane Merrick

GM Marketing & Distribution, World Nomads



Henry Innis

CSO / Founder, Mutiny



Chiquita King

Founder/MD, Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder



Tracy Hall 

Marketing Director,

Go Daddy



James Boardman

National Strategy Director, Bohemia



Martin Cutris

Head of Performance Agencies, Google 



Laura Johnson

Chief Marketing Officer, PASS Technology Group



Katrina White

Small Medium Business Strategy, 




Kelly Tagalan




Justin Carew

Creative Director, 



Nicole Bardsley

Head of Brand and Strategy, Westpac



TC Miles, 

Director, CMO Advisory, PwC



Mick McKeown

QLD Sales Director, 



Ali Tilling 

Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R



Michaela Futcher

Head of Strategy,

The Royals 



Cally Scivetti

Brand Solution Strategist, Google



Ben Shepherd

Chief Media Officer, CHE Proximity



Carly Du Toit

Marketing & Communications Manager, ACRF



Richard Woods

Group Account Director, BMF



Joel Pearson

Executive Strategy Director, RGA



Iggy Rodriguez

Creative Director, 




Ian Edwards, 

Managing Director, Wavemaker



Jane King

Group Director of Marketing, Val Morgan



Alex Conomos

Senior Marketing Manager, Audible



Paul Den

Partner & Co-Founder, Banter



Myriam Conrié

Director of Marketing, Sofitel 



Paul Connell

GM & Marketing Director, Unilever



Sarah Murdoch

Global Marketing Director



Adam Ross

Content Lead,




Susie Bayes

Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy,

The Guardian



Renee Garner

Chief Operating Officer, RevTech Media



Melissa Webber

Founder & Managing Director, Holy Cow Creative



Adam Slattery

Head of Brand and Communications, Vodafone



Anthony Dever

Editor and Researcher, Fanbloodytastic



Mitch Parkins

Founder, Nanna's Little Secret



Genevieve Reynolds, 

Manager, CMO Advisory, PwC



Yash Gandhi

Head of Marketing, Baiada



Hannah Sturrock

Managing Partner,

The Hallway



Kate Smither

Founder, The Tall Planner



Sarah Knox

Director, Res Publica



Kate Gamble, 

General Manager, Resolution Media



Sarah Palmer

Head of Talent Management,

Leo Burnett



Cameron Brown

Senior Writer




Paul Everson, Marketing and Advertising Executive



Brooke Tierney

Founder, The Sister Consulting



Alex Light

Head of Brand Partnerships, VIRTUE



Anna College

Agency Director, Ikon



Jemma White

Marketing & Communications Manager, Montblanc 



Lucio Riberio, 

Lucio Riberio AI



Kammeron Cran

Executive Coach, Director, Red Nose



Sean Hall

Founder & Chief Energist, Energx



Evonne Williams

Brand Strategy Lead 

ME Bank



Amy Lee Hopkins

Head of Marketing

Anglicare Southern Queensland



Nicky Bryson


The Trenches


Join us

Want to become a mentee?

After a big reception we are closed for Round One. If you are interested in being a please fill out the form and we will add you to our list for the future. 



For any questions, enquiries, to be a mentor or a sponsor please contact us. 

The Team


Nicky Bryson


The Trenches


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Matt Gardener

Chairman Youngbloods Australia


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Isabella Rigg

NSW Co-Chair Youngbloods


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Linh Diep

Co-Chair Youngbloods



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