Mentoring Program

Free mentoring program for Bendigo creatives.

Are you a Bendigo resident working within the local creative industries?

If you answered “yes”, we’re inviting you to apply for our free mentoring program.

Pre-register for Our Next Intake

What is the Emporium Creative Hub Mentoring Program?

The Emporium Creative Hub Mentoring Program has been designed to develop your business, leadership and life skills. Successful applicants will receive an introduction and access to a renowned business or creative leader for a period of twelve months.

Communication will develop organically according to the preferences of you and your mentor, however a minimum of twelve hours contact time is guaranteed, with further face-to-face meetings, phone or email communications to be organised with your mentor.

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Keen to get involved? Here’s how you can apply...

To apply for the Emporium Creative Hub Mentoring Program, complete the online form if you meet the application criteria outlined below:

You have a genuine interest in your personal and professional development
You are living or working within the City of Greater Bendigo
You work within the creative industries OR are looking to establish a business within the creative industries

For more details, contact David Hughes at Emporium Creative Hub on 0424 360 724 or via email at

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Your Guide

Meet our mentors.

Our accomplished team of mentors want to help local Bendigo-based creatives realise their full potential.

Jessica Bridgfoot

Director, Bendigo Art Gallery

Jessica is a professional visual arts manager and curator with 17 years experience in the public and commercial sector. Her skills include program development, financial development, stakeholder management and curatorial research and project management.

Margot Spalding

Founder, Jimmy Possum and Mimi

Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (2006), Margot has over 30 years experience of running successful creative enterprises that have achieved national success.

Christian Leavesley

Artistic Director, Arena Theatre

Christian is a multi-award winning artistic director with local, national and international experience. Christian co-founded multi-award winning company Uncle Semolina (& Friends).

Leah Sertori

Founder, Sertori Consulting

Leah is an experienced facilitator and coach with particular strengths in business development and building relationships; helping people strengthen their commercial skills in order to achieve their goals.

Chris Kennett


Chris is a digital illustrator who has worked across multiple industries including animation, advertising, illustration and publishing; producing work for Disney, Lucas Film and Stan Lee.

Amy Doak

Freelance writer, editor & publisher

Amy worked in advertising, marketing and media for a decade before launching Bendigo Magazine and national magazine, Little One. She now works as a freelance writer, self-published author and editor.

Sharon Custers

Executive Director, Arena Theatre

Sharon is the Executive Director at the Arena Theatre, and has previously worked for Cirque du Soleil, Griffin Theatre Company and Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. She is a high-performing manager who maximises business results in an arts environment.

Felicity Martin

Creative Industries Officer, City of Greater Bendigo

Felicity has broad experience across the creative and tourism economies, in particular the MICE and visual arts. Spanning the private, public and not-for profit-sectors, she has worked in small and large venues, arts organisations, destination and digital marketing agencies.

John Richards

Director, Bendigo Short Film Festival, Bendigo Pride Festival

John is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and podcaster. He is head writer of the BBC radio series Night Terrace, a time travel comedy starring Neighbours' Jackie Woodburne.

Keith McQueen

Executive Officer, LEAD Loddon Murray

Keith has a well-rounded business background, with a  focus on community engagement. With an MBA focused on marketing, strategic management and managerial thinking, Keith has a strong commitment to community and is a key player in the local music scene.

Clare Fountain

Founder & Director, Sorted

Clare is a skilled facilitator, coach and trainer who has over 20 years experience in helping small businesses be successful through providing practical and achievable solutions that deliver real change and real results.

Georgia Carrington

Director, The HAUS Project

Georgia has extensive experience in the private and government sectors, and is highly skilled in the development and delivery of marketing strategies and advertising campaigns, corporate communication and communication design.

Nathan Carkeek

Executive Coach, UR NOONEEK

Nathan has over 22 years of leadership experience within the finance industry. He’s passionate about helping leaders, teams, businesses and communities become clear about their purpose, tapping into their creative abilities to encourage innovation and growth.

Pre-register for 2021

Mentoring program online application

Emporium Creative Hub is offering 12 months FREE access to a mentor. Mentoring relationships have a proven effect on performance and personal growth.

Complete the following form to submit your application for this exciting program.

Application form

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We review and respond to every submission personally. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in order to further understand your needs and pair you with the best mentor. Successful candidates will be notified by 31 July.
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