Mentoring Programme

PANZ’s mentoring programme is intended to help individual members become better publishers and business owners, and to share the knowledge of experienced members with others in a structured environment.

Who is it for?

The programme is aimed at business owners and heads of publishing houses in trade and educational publishing who may be:

  • without access to on-job development, or
  • lacking skill in a particular area such as finance, business strategy, publishing list development, or
  • in growth mode and/or about to undertake substantial change, or need to make change but are unsure what the change should be

The mentorship is intended as an active programme with measurable outputs. PANZ will provide a simple structure and guidelines for the mentor and the protégé.


We suggest the mentor and protégé each sign up for six months, after an initial meeting to establish whether the mentor and protégé are the right fit. This meeting would typically include a series of questions, and a SWOT analysis and identification of goals for the mentorship. The protégé will enter into a contract with PANZ and the mentor. At the end of the period the mentor and protégé will complete feedback on what worked and what didn’t work. A neutral mentoring overseer will be appointed in case the mentor-protégé relationship is not working, with a subsequent simple process to follow.

How the mentors are selected

PANZ has a list of approved potential mentors with a variety of expertise in different fields. The applicant is welcome to suggest their own mentor but acceptance will be at PANZ discretion.


All applicants will need to meet the following criteria

  • Be a current member of PANZ.
  • Be a head of a publishing house or a business owner.

Application process

  • Applicants need to articulate the significance a successful mentorship will have to their business or career.
  • Applicants will be asked to report directly to PANZ on the result of the mentorship.
  • Applicants will be selected twice-annually by an independent committee established by PANZ council.
  • Applications must be made using the relevant form.
  • The mentorship will be free of cost for the protégé.

Awarding of funding

  • Funding will be awarded to the mentor at the discretion of the committee established by PANZ  council and correspondence will not be entered into.
  • On completion of the programme, the mentor and the protégé will be required to submit feedback to PANZ on the form supplied.
  • Mentors will be awarded funds on completion of the feedback form.
  • No payment will be made for the initial meeting.


Applications for the mentoring programme fund will be called twice yearly (September and March).

Download the PANZ Mentorship Application Form below.