Mentorship Programme

Elevate your performance with guidance from senior chiefs of staff who help you define and deliver on key outcomes.

Supercharge Your Performance

The four-month programme refines practical, leadership and interpersonal skills to accelerate your chief of staff career development.

Mentees meet for four intensive small-group sessions led by a senior chief of staff who understands the complexities of your role.

Benefit from the experience
of senior chiefs of staff.
Access a supportive
peer sounding board.
Gain actionable strategies
to enhance performance.
Increase your resilience
and maximise your efficacy.
Refine technical, team
and leadership skills.
Achieve key personal and
organisational outcomes.

Col Mike Jernigan USMC (Ret), Programme Director

“Chiefs of staff serve as sounding boards and strategic thought partners to their principals, yet they often lack their own support network. The CSA’s mentorship programme connects members with the expert guidance of senior chiefs of staff and feedback of a trusted peer group to accelerate professional growth.”

Mike Jernigan spent thirty years as a United States Marine. He was Chief of Staff for the organization responsible for one third of the Marine Corps’ bases. He is passionate about leadership development and helping people grow.

Featured Mentors

Our dedicated team from the military, government and private sector ensure that you are matched with a mentor who aligns with your experience and is best suited to enable your professional growth.

Meet a few of our 2023 mentors:

Keith Allen
Former Chief of Staff
Airbus Group

Keith Allen is an experienced Chief of Staff and Senior Executive who has spent most of his working career leading teams and supporting Government and Business organisations internationally.

Keith began his career as a Diplomat in the British Foreign Office, serving in Embassies around the world, including as a Chief of Staff. He then moved on from government service, joining Airbus Group where, as well as Chief of Staff roles, he also undertook Managing Director and Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs roles.

Keith is a firm believer in the role of Chief of Staff as a profession rather than just a development opportunity and has seen the first-hand benefits of the role, appropriately challenging groupthink and acting as a trusted advisor.

Dr. Charlotte Farmer
Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer
Underwriters Laboratories

Dr. Charlotte M. Farmer joined Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. as Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer after a decade at The MITRE Corporation, where she directed operations for 8,000 employees. Rotary International named her a 2021 Paul Harris Fellow, and Savoy Magazine listed her as one of the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America in 2020.  

She currently is the board chairman of Mobility Unlimited Technology Worldwide, a nonprofit startup that performs research and data collection to safely adapt spaces for wheelchair users, blind citizens, and mobility aid users. She also holds board membership or advisory roles with HireVue®, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, and The National GEM Consortium.

Joe Sciortino
Chief of Staff
FEMA, Region II

Joseph Sciortino is the Chief of Staff for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region II. He leads the Region’s executive team to advance FEMA’s mission of helping people before, during and after disasters.

Prior to FEMA, Joe served as the Chief of Staff at the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, assisting with leading the implementation of the State Recovery programs for its Post-Sandy Recovery.  Joe was also the Chief of Staff to Staten Island Borough President. Before Government Service Joe worked at St. John’s University in The School of Education’s Undergraduate Office and as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Adolescent Learning & Development.

The Mentorship Programme is exclusive to Members.

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