About Dr Mark Hughes
I have spent over 15 years working with all types of staff in all types of Third Sector organisation. Previously, I have worked with Indigenous Elders, politicians, civil servants, all tiers of staff in national and multinational private companies, academics and students.
I have founded my own business and I have been Chair of a social enterprise. It is this breadth of experience that helps me relate to many issues mentees face.
My passion for mentoring stems from two very different ‘past lives’. Prior to founding mch, I was Chief Executive of an Aboriginal sporting and community development organisation. I began my tenure with the organisation on the brink of insolvency and had only a rudimentary understanding of Indigenous culture. Fortunately, the Aboriginal Elders saw the value of mentoring. Through mentoring, my working life became much easier, effective and enjoyable. This in turn made life outside of work more pleasant too. Prior to becoming a Chief Executive, I was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. As part of our professional development, McKinsey encouraged peer-mentoring. The value of such mentoring is illustrated in ‘The Nauru House Story’ below and by the fact that nearly 20 years later, a peer mentor and I still provide each other with mentoring support.