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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


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Jane Merrick

GM Marketing & Distribution, World Nomads


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Henry Innis

CSO / Founder, Mutiny



Chiquita King

Founder/MD, Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder


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Tracy Hall 

Marketing Director,

Go Daddy


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James Boardman

National Strategy Director, Bohemia


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Martin Cutris

Head of Performance Agencies, Google 


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Laura Johnson

Chief Marketing Officer, PASS Technology Group


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Katrina White

Small Medium Business Strategy, 



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Kelly Tagalan



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Justin Carew

Creative Director, 


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Nicole Bardsley

Head of Brand and Strategy, Westpac




TC Miles, 

Director, CMO Advisory, PwC


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Mick McKeown

QLD Sales Director, 


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Ali Tilling 

Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R


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Michaela Futcher

Head of Strategy,

The Royals 


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Cally Scivetti

Brand Solution Strategist, Google


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Ben Shepherd

Chief Media Officer, CHE Proximity


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Carly Du Toit

Marketing & Communications Manager, ACRF


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Richard Woods

Group Account Director, BMF




Joel Pearson

Executive Strategy Director, RGA


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Iggy Rodriguez

Creative Director, 



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Ian Edwards, 

Managing Director, Wavemaker


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Jane King

Group Director of Marketing, Val Morgan


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Alex Conomos

Senior Marketing Manager, Audible


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Paul Den

Partner & Co-Founder, Banter


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Myriam Conrié

Director of Marketing, Sofitel 


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Paul Connell

GM & Marketing Director, Unilever


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Sarah Murdoch

Global Marketing Director


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Adam Ross

Content Lead,



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Susie Bayes

Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy,

The Guardian


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Renee Garner

Chief Operating Officer, RevTech Media


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Melissa Webber

Founder & Managing Director, Holy Cow Creative


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Adam Slattery

Head of Brand and Communications, Vodafone


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Anthony Dever

Editor and Researcher, Fanbloodytastic


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Mitch Parkins

Founder, Nanna's Little Secret




Genevieve Reynolds, 

Manager, CMO Advisory, PwC


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Yash Gandhi

Head of Marketing, Baiada


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Hannah Sturrock

Managing Partner,

The Hallway


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Kate Smither

Founder, The Tall Planner


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Sarah Knox

Director, Res Publica


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Kate Gamble, 

General Manager, Resolution Media


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Sarah Palmer

Head of Talent Management,

Leo Burnett


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Cameron Brown

Senior Writer



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Paul Everson, Marketing and Advertising Executive


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Brooke Tierney

Founder, The Sister Consulting



Alex Light

Head of Brand Partnerships, VIRTUE


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Anna College

Agency Director, Ikon


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Jemma White

Marketing & Communications Manager, Montblanc 


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Lucio Riberio, 

Lucio Riberio AI


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Kammeron Cran

Executive Coach, Director, Red Nose


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Sean Hall

Founder & Chief Energist, Energx


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Evonne Williams

Brand Strategy Lead 

ME Bank


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Amy Lee Hopkins

Head of Marketing

Anglicare Southern Queensland


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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 mentee please fill out the form and we will add you to our list for the future. 


Yay, lets do this!


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

The Team
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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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