The company researched the male:female split in job roles within the business and it found there were common issues hindering progress, including self-confidence and self-belief, stopping women progressing into more senior roles.
Stonegate has partnered more than 30 high-performing females within head office and sites, with a combination of senior executives across departments to tackle the issues.
A support system for mentors and mentees has been put in place to help ensure the best chance of success as the teams meet regularly to share experience and discuss opportunities.
The mentee sets the agenda and a number of clear actions and goals will be agreed. The partnership will end once the mentee’s needs have been met before a full review taking place to assess the values, benefits, before being incorporated into the wider Albert’s career development programme (Stonegate’s progression scheme).
Stonegate success coach Jon Perkins said: “The introduction of the Female Mentoring Scheme reinforces Stonegate’s commitment to offer the bar to boardroom career pathway to all employees, ensuring all females within the business are equipped with the confidence, knowledge and support to progress and be the best they can be.
“Our first cohort includes mentors from the board, executive and leadership team who will work with females from a mix of roles and disciplines within the business.”
Stonegate managing director Helen Charlesworth was recognised as a ‘Woman to Watch’ in the 2019 Hospitality Travel & Leisure Index.
Speaking about her role as a mentor, she said: “As one of three women on Stonegate’s executive board, I am delighted to be part of the female mentoring scheme that will enable women to feel more empowered within the business. I have been given help and support throughout my career and I believe it’s important to give back and leave a legacy for the future.”
Stephanie Robinson is the general manager of the Bridge Tap, Borough High Street, London Bridge, and is participating in the programme.
She said: “I am really excited to be part of the first cohort of women to have been selected for the female mentoring programme. Throughout my career at Stonegate, I have been given a huge amount of support and I am now ready to take the next step into area management.
“Having a mentor who can help me on that journey by sharing their own experiences and guiding me as I take on new challenges, will be hugely beneficial.”