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Mentor of the Year 2016/17 goes to Stephen Tunnicliffe

Congratulations to Stephen Tunnicliffe (MBA 2003, and BA 1994) on winning the 2016/17 Mentor of the Year award. Stephen fought off tough competition to receive this year’s award as six outstanding nominations from students were received.

The DUBS Mentor Scheme connects Durham University Business School (DUBS) alumni and those in business communities with current students. At the end of each year the DUBS Alumni Relations Team invite students who have had a positive experience to nominate their mentor for the Mentor of the Year award. This year the DUBS Alumni Relations Team felt Stephen went above and beyond in supporting Fadel Mohaidly, Full-time MBA student, with his business project and job search. Fadel wanted to thank Stephen for “his huge help and support” and said that Stephen continues to use his own contacts to help support his job search.

This year, because of the high quality of nominations received, they felt it necessary to give some honourable mentions. The DUBS Alumni Relations Team would like to award ‘Exceptional Mentor’ awards to the following people for the outstanding job they did supporting DUBS students this year:

Simon Blais (MBA 2011) – nominated by Cher Jobs (MSc Management).

Cher said that she and Simon “connected from the very first minute and had a lot to share. [She] could talk about everything with him. He was always interested in [her] personal, educational and professional dimensions besides [having] really interesting talks about politics and cultures.

Sergio Brodsky (MBA 2011) nominated by Nabil Parker (MBA).

Nabil wrote: “Sergio always made himself available to speak with me, even at short notice – something that's not easy to do given the time difference (Sergio currently lives in Australia). With his valuable guidance, I was able to narrow down and figure out what I wanted to do after the MBA, something that complemented the course perfectly.”

Peter Hertenstein (MA Management Studies 2012) – nominated by Jonathan C. Bausch Macedo (MSc Environmental Economics).

In Jonathan’s nomination, he wrote: “Peter made a concrete impact on my career prospects. By the end of the year, I had managed to arrive at the last stages of the selection process for top five business consultancy companies. I am now knowledgeable and confident enough to know that the position I aspired to will materialize soon. Much of this I owe to Peter and his outstanding mentorship.”

Cyril Lebel (MBA 2011) – nominated by Julia Salzedas-Arbach (MBA).

Julia identified that Cyril was “extremely helpful and supportive throughout the year, not only to [her] but also to other colleagues – that were not his official mentees – but he offered his help regardless.”

Sam Waterfall (MA Entrepreneurship 2000) – nominated by Julia Barrantes-Dall-Anese (MBA).

Julie wrote that “Sam genuinely took interest in [her] career and helped [her] to orient it… that he is a great exponent of the way the programme should work.”


Thank you very much to everyone who submitted a nomination and congratulations again to our Mentor of the Year and to the Exceptional Mentors. If you would like to get involved in the 2017/18 Mentor Scheme, please contact business.alumni@durham.ac.uk.