Ian Newman

Volunteer Role: Career Mentor

Ian is in his eighth year as a mentor on Lancaster University’s Career Mentoring programme, through which he has already helped 45 students and is currently acting as a mentor to a further twelve. 

Introducing our Volunteer

Ian graduated from Lancaster in 1987, with a BA in Economics and Politics. Now retired, he has had an interesting and varied career which has included work in Employee Relations and Internal Communications at Royal Mail and three years working for The London Stock Exchange. Latterly, he was the Deputy Head of Internal Communication at the Department for Work and Pensions, a role to which he was promoted after 10 successful years at the Home Office.

Lancaster Memory        

“I had a fantastic three years at Lancaster” says Ian “Being a mentor is a way for me to give something back, providing current students with an opportunity I didn’t have.”

Why Volunteer and what are the benefits?

“My involvement in the mentoring programme helped me to start thinking more about my own career and has led me to make my career choices since being part of the programme.  So, I can safely say that it can benefit both mentee and mentor!” says Ian.

He is still in touch with a number of his mentees, including the first student he mentored through the programme: English Literature alumnus Chris Davis, now Research Manager at the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College.

Describing his experience as Ian’s mentee, Chris explains: “I feel extremely fortunate to have had Ian as my mentor and I have no doubt that the Lancaster mentoring programme has helped me in numerous ways, and continues to do so. The core skills that I learnt - CV writing, how to perform in interviews etc. - and the self confidence that Ian was able to instil in me were instrumental in my securing a place on a competitive and well regarded graduate trainee scheme, which was the starting point for my career.

In my work today, I still use the skills and knowledge I picked up on the programme. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to any Lancaster student.”