Trusted Advisor Program

About the Program

The Young Tourism Network’s Trusted Advisor Program connects emerging tourism, events and hospitality professionals (Advisees) with established industry professionals (Advisors) in a three-month coaching program. We aim to match advisees and advisors based on career interests and experiences.

Advisees and advisors catch up (online or in person) for 30-45 minutes every fortnight from early August to October with an opportunity for workplace visits where possible. The sessions are semi-structured with flexibility and scope for each pair to co-develop a plan that suits their schedule and needs.


Advisees are young achievers with a keen interest in pursuing a career in tourism, events or hospitality.

Connect and learn from a tourism professional
Learn about career pathways and types of job opportunities available
Understand how the tourism industry works
Career guidance


Advisors are passionate leaders keen to share their experiences with those entering the industry.

Enhance leadership and communication skills​
Learn from Mel Neil (Founder and CEO, Mind Insurance)​
Reflect on own experience working in the tourism industry
Professional development

Eligibility to Apply

Advisee applications are open to YTN members only. If you are not a YTN member yet but wish to apply, sign up here.

If you’re not sure whether you should apply as an advisee or advisor, or want to learn more get in touch with Lucy Dewhurst via email to have a chat.

Participant Expectations

Attend the launch and closing events, with the closing event being in person.

Take part in a minimum of five 30-45 minute fortnightly catch-ups
Maintain a positive attitude throughout the program.

Complete a compulsory post-survey – this will be sent to you via email once the program has concluded.

Advisees will be expected to initiate contact and organise meetups/phone calls/Zoom conversations with their respective advisors.

It is not the responsibility of the advisor to secure a job for advisees, the program aims to support and encourage emerging professionals through career progression and guide advisees towards a chosen path.

Advisor Trainer – Mel Neil
(Founder & CEO, Mind Insurance)

With a passion for enabling an ever-growing number of people to access the science of human flourishing, Mel Neil has been coaching and consulting for over 15 years.

Using her strengths-based approach, she designs and delivers custom leadership and performance programs for clients in the public and private sectors.

Mel has developed the Happiness Lab and Academy platforms in response to the demand for a space in which individuals can engage with the science of human flourishing and apply their learning to improve the areas of their life that they choose to change.

Key Dates 2023*


Applications Open
(Advisors & Advisees)

Friday 5 May 2023.


Applications Close
(Advisors & Advisees)

Monday 12 June 2023.


Mel Neil Workshop
(Advisors Only)

Week beginning 31 July 2023.


Online Meet & Greet
(Advisors & Advisees)

Week beginning 7 August 2023.


Program Begins
(Advisors & Advisees)

Week beginning 15 August 2023.


Closing Event
(Advisors & Advisees)

Week beginning 30 October 2023.

*Please note that these dates may be subject to change

What previous participants have said about The Trusted Advisor Program…

My advisor was extremely
easy to converse with, we
had some wonderful
discussions together, he
had an excellent
knowledge of the tourism
industry, and he was
extremely positive and

Anna de Leeuw Pool


The match could not have
been more perfect, our
interests were aligned and
we were able to share
really valuable learnings
together as we had similar
lived experiences. It was a
pleasure to see her growth
through the program.

Maddy Sawyer



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