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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. 

 

The 

Mentors

 

Anshika Grover

Transformation, Insight and Innovation, Optus

 

 

Jane Merrick

GM Marketing & Distribution, World Nomads

 

 

Henry Innis

CSO / Founder, Mutiny

 

 

Chiquita King

Founder/MD, Cocoa Coffee 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, 

Microsoft

 

 

Kelly Tagalan

Holiday Club Manager, Camp Australia

 

Justin Carew

Creative Director, 

McCann

 

Nicole Bardsley

Head of Brand and Strategy, Westpac

 

 

TC Miles, 

Director, CMO Advisory, PwC

 

 

Mick McKeown

QLD Sales Director, 

CUB

 

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, 

McCann

 

 

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,

Coca-Cola

 

 

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

McCann

 

 

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

Founder,

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. 

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Contact

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

The Team

 

Nicky Bryson

Founder

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

Australia

 

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