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Jun 29, 2018

EP020 | The Value of a Mentor



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Welcome back to the Bulletproof Agency Network Podcast, as we join a live session at Prolific North Live 2018. This time we’re taking a look at mentors, and who better to talk us through it than a mentor and mentee duo? Dan Nolan (The E Word) interviews mentor Hems De Winter (Ask Hems) and mentee James Hamilton (PixelTree Media).

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Knowing when you’re in control of your business versus just thinking you are.
  • Being a mentor can be just as rewarding as being a mentee.
  • Hems talks about his experience of being overwhelmed and overworked,and how finding guidance helped him.
  • The importance of being able to talk to someone who has been there and experienced what you are going through as an entrepreneur.
  • The key qualities of a good mentor, from confidentiality to honesty.
  • How long it can take to find the right mentor for you.
  • Is there a shelf life to a mentor? When does the relationship end?  
  • How all this can help you find your why.

Guest Bios


Dan Nolan

Daniel Nolan is managing director of theEword, one of Manchester’s leading independent digital agencies. The agency specialises in working with lifestyle and leisure brands to drive awareness, consideration and purchase intent. Daniel is the co-chair of pro.manchester’s creative committee, the chairman of the Manchester Publicity Association and has previously been recognised as the Digital, Media or Creative Professional of the Year at the Made In Manchester Awards. He is a passionate ambassador for Manchester and the North West’s creative, digital and media industries and has hosted and spoken at conferences and events for the likes of pro.manchester, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Salford Media Festival, the MPA, Manchester Metropolitan University and many more. Working with Manchester Metropolitan University, Oldham College and the UTC @ MediaCity, Daniel is also a leading figure locally in setting the agenda for training and retaining the best creative, digital and media talent in the city.



Twitter: @iamdanielnolan


James Nolan

James Hamilton is Creative Director of PixelTree Media, an award winning creative digital agency based in Rainford, England.




Hems De Winter

Rotterdam-born, Hems de Winter is a former journalist and editor who founded the award-winning de Winter PR in 1989. He is now a mentor, lecturer, business coach and speaker whose clients are spread across a range of significant SME businesses within the creative and other spheres of industry.

He has also served as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS and as an NHS Conciliator.

In his spare time he’s a mentor, school governor, lecturer, business coach, Young Enterprise board member, charity trustee and occasional keynote speaker.




Twitter: @dewinter_hems  

Presenter Bio

A journalist and broadcaster for nearly 30 years, Andy runs his own media consultancy in Manchester working with clients like Weber Shandwick, the NFU, and the Institute of Directors.


Andy started in print before 17 years as a BBC presenter & reporter, appearing on BBC Breakfast, Five Live & the Today programme. For five years Andy presented the award-winning BBC1 current affairs programme Inside Out, travelling across


Europe making documentaries on terrorism, the smuggling of illegal guns into the UK and the Manchester IRA bomb. He also made films with Sir Bobby Charlton, Yoko Ono, Lord Heseltine and Johnny Marr.




Twitter: @AndyPJo1


Thanks for coming along and we hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed putting it all together. Please subscribe to our podcast for more great insights from more great people.


Next Episode

Next up we are looking at the power of niche, with a live recording from Prolific North Live 2018. Listen in for some rock ‘n’ roll and, of course, great business advice.

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