Why we get hired

Mentor has seen it all. From helping greenfield startups launch – to working with large global companies – to delivering business-critical programs worth hundreds of millions of pounds. See what industry leaders have to say about Mentor.

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Jeff Dodds

Virgin Media, Managing Director, Mobile (former Tele2 CEO)

 

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I left Tele2 in the first quarter in 2016 with a mobile business that had been launched for six and was boasting coverage of around 95-100% in terms of population and geographic coverage in the Netherlands and was voted one of the best 4G networks in the world. It was an amazing mobile network that had been created by the team there in Tele2, and did an exceptional job, but they wouldn’t have been able to do it within the timescale without the support of Mentor.

Mentor will come in, and look at very large, very complex business-critical projects, and they don’t just assist you in thinking about them, they also help you to deliver them.

For me, Mentor are an organisation that have a lot of experience and skill, a lot of industry veterans who have been around big projects and programs and have delivered them effectively over the years.

Jeff Dodds
Virgin Media, Managing Director, Mobile (former Tele2 CEO)

We built Three, Hutchison’s new mobile entrant in the UK. This was a huge undertaking – a £10 billion start-up operation, one of the largest there has been – and we needed an awful lot of help in building the business from scratch.

Mentor brings a deep understanding of the business we’re in – an understanding of the clients’ needs and where the business needed to go to. They brought a deep operational understanding of the business.

Tim Pennington
Millicom CFO (former Three CFO)

Tim Pennington

Millicom CFO (former Three CFO)

 

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Ian McCaig

First Utility CEO (former lastminute.com CEO)

 

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Between 1998 and 2003, lastminute.com made more than fourteen acquisitions in Europe and quickly needed a very robust technology platform across all those brands and markets.

Mentor put the basic building blocks in place, so we could execute our key programs. It was early stage, raw, chaotic, online and post-start-up. We were trying to make sense of a very big bowl of spaghetti.

Mentor are very transparent and good at giving constructive feedback. For a CEO, that’s sometimes hard to get. They’re also respectful of the teams they work with. With Mentor, you really do feel their minds are very focused on the deliverable. For me, that is a pretty big deal.

Ian McCaig
First Utility CEO (former lastminute.com CEO)

With Mentor you get deep and wide experience of managing change in the telecommunications industry. As in any change management process, you have to understand your baseline: where are you? So part of the Mentor approach was providing us with a gap analysis, recommendations on how they should be closed, and an understanding of the huge interdependencies between the different programs.

I was very clear I was getting the “A-team” and I really appreciated their ability to roll up their sleeves and work with people in the business. Mentor are very practical. You get deep industry experience, a very strong track record, and an uncompromising and very honest approach to assessment of the situation.

Paul Donovan
Odeon CEO (former Eircom CEO)

Paul Donovan

Odeon CEO (former Eircom CEO)

 

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Tim Pennington

Millicom CFO (former Cable & Wireless CFO)

 

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Cable and Wireless Communications had fixed and mobile communications businesses in 38 countries. We asked Mentor to look at some of the issues we were facing – and how we could make our business more efficient and responsive.

Mentor brought people with a lot of experience to the table; people who understood the challenges we were facing – and who were prepared to give us the hard analysis and hard facts. They weren’t shy in telling us what we really needed to do, even if we didn’t really want to hear that at the time.

Tim Pennington
Millicom CFO (former Three CFO)

Mentor were very hands-on, practical and get-things-done specialists rather than the more theoretical approach we all know. They quickly made a difference. They are also a great bunch of guys, in terms of how they communicate and build relationships.

When you employ Mentor, you get seasoned, experienced professionals. You’re not getting theory. You’re getting guys who have been there at the coalface and done it.

When you start a major program, don’t wait until you encounter difficulties before you engage the experts. Bring in companies like Mentor to build the approach, build the processes and the Program Office and then set off in a quality way rather than doing this at a later date.

David Sangster
Senior TMT Executive (former Airwave UK GM)

David Sangster

Senior TMT executive (former Airwave UK GM)

 

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Mentor is a class act. If we had something
that was really tough… or had gone off the rails, I would pick up the phone. I would trust them to deliver it. They have people with fantastic experience who have actually been through the fire.

Tom Alexander
Virgin Mobile Founder (former EE CEO)

Mentor played a central role
in driving the successful delivery of a £.5bn major program roll out for one of my key customers. The program had encountered a number of obstacles, typical of a major IT/Comms rollout. Mentor became fundamental in the rollout, building strong relationships across our supplier base and crucially with the customer.

David Sangster
Senior TMT Executive (former Airwave UK GM)

About Mentor

We are ‘hands-on’ specialists in accelerating strategy execution – with over 20 years of frontline experience in IT, telecoms, media, and service industries. Outside help isn’t a cure-all, but it does provide an independent view to the “collusion of optimists” – and either helps to nip pointless trouble in the bud – or gets remedial action moving faster. There’s little point in waiting for an expensive rescue situation to develop.

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Our services

Successful execution of business-critical programs relies on top managements’ skill in making shrewd judgement-calls on how to set programs up and run them. We provide five compelling services to guarantee your execution initiatives thrive:

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TUTORIALS

INDEPENDENT PROGRAM REVIEWS

PROGRAM SET UP

TURNKEY PROGRAM DELIVERY & RESCUE

CRITICAL PROGRAM RESOURCES

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