Become A Mentor

Welcome to Otolo, the European socially funded mentoring scheme aimed at uplifting and progressing the future careers of hospitality professionals. The service is completely free for both mentors and mentees and our only purpose is to ensure we keep hospitality staff within the industry and teach them the needed skills to build highly successful careers.

What’s expected from a mentor? 

Two hours per month for a six month period. One hour to spend with your mentee, 30 minutes prior to your call to create discussion points and 30 minutes post call to review and provide feedback. All calls are to be conducted via video within the Otolo platform.  

Our Otolo Mentor Guide provides an outline of how to make the most of the time you spend with your mentee. It provides preparation techniques, initial conversation ideas and tips on how to set goals. In addition to your time, our Otolo trained coaches will provide a two-hour masterclass and a further six hours of coaching throughout the six-month period designed to help mentees explore and set goals, discuss progress and improve confidence. 

Our Mentors

  • Alec Dalton | Founder

    Hospitality Leadership Academy
  • Rocco Bova | Managing Director

    Grupo Hotelero 1800
  • Olajide Alabi

    Equality & Inclusion Partner | Turtle Bay
  • Martjin Mulder | Founder

    TIP Hospitality
  • Naomi Hollas | Founder

    Event Grads
  • Cheila Gibbs

    Non Executive Director Hospitality
  • Catrina Pengelley

    Sales Manager
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel
  • Monika Mulder | CMO

    TIP Hospitality
  • Marlene Poynder | General Manager

    Conrad New York Downtown
  • Alan Wilson

    Hotel Manager voco®
    Grand Central Glasgow

Not sure if you want to become a mentor?

Below are our top ten reasons to pay it forward.

- Grow your management and leadership skills
- Improve your communication skills
- Expand your self-awareness and ability to self-reflect
- Advocate other passionate hospitality people
- Build your own global network
- Boost your confidence and motivation
- Gain a sense of personal fulfilment 
- Reinforce knowledge and see new perspectives
- Help develop another person’s career
- Give back to the industry you love