The IDI has from time to time facilitated some Mentoring, some of this is via a structured programme run and organised by the IDI's training network, IDI Design Enterprise Skillnet.

Formal mentoring via structured programmes run by Design Enterprise Skillnet and Informal mentoring is something IDI has facilitated from time to time.

Any Member can be involved, If you are interested or would like to know more, contact IDI at

Mentor Programme for Agency Owners & Senior Leaders

In September 2018 Design Enterprise Skillnet launched a new Mentoring Programme for design agency owners and senior design leaders which partners industry leaders with senior design and creative agency owners & directors for a 12-month one-to-one mentoring relationship.

Designed by Professor David Clutterbuck, an international pioneer in coaching and mentoring, who developed the highly successful mentoring programme for the UK Design Business Association in 2011, the programme offers one-to-one, face-to-face mentoring from an industry expert over a 12-month period (a minimum of 6 meetings recommended).

The mentoring programme has been developed to inspire confidence as designers transition to director or agency owner. Assisted by a leader-of-industry mentor, participants are guided on how to make better-informed decisions about their business, their team and themselves.

Who can apply
MDs, owners and partners of small and medium design agencies, as well as senior executives from medium to large sized agencies. The programme is open to IDI members and non-members, to apply contact

Apply to be a Mentor
We accept applications from Mentors throughout the year and are actively sourcing a panel of mentors for our next cohort commencing in 2019. 

Further Information
For more details on the Mentor Programme for Agency Owners & Senior Leaders contact