What does a mentor do?

Having a mentor has been described as having your own personal Board of Directors. The role of a mentor is to act as a sounding board to help you sort out your priorities and grow your business. A good mentor can also help introduce you to his network of people and to identify new business opportunities.

Terry Fullerton                                                                                 Mike Button

TJFphoto1cropTerry has been a mentor for a number of years and  offers commercial mentoring services to people interested in selecting their own mentor who they feel best matches their business interests.As you will see from the case studies he has mentored a wide range of people at various stages in their careers and while he is happy to work with businesses in difficulty he finds that most of his mentoring is with successful people wanting to take their business to the next level.

He has spent most of his working life commercialising technology and acting as the interface between technical specialists and industry. He has many years experience at protecting intellectual property rights and he was the CEO of Canterprise Ltd at the University of Canterbury for 5 years.

Since leaving the University he has started up 6 new businesses in the IT sector and taken each of these through to a trade sale. These included a website business, a company importing training technology from Israel, a company marketing share trading software, a social media marketing website and an online toy website.

He has a PhD in Chemistry and for over 10 years he was the Director of Pulp and Paper Research Institute at the Forest Research Institute in Rotorua before becoming the CEO of Canterprise Ltd at the University of Canterbury. Both at FRI and at UC his role was to provide the link between the needs of industry and the scientific capabilities of the academics for the mutual benefit of both sectors.

At UC he was involved in commercializing a wide range of technologies and was the Director of a number of joint venture companies. These included a nanotechnology company with local investors, a superconducting high voltage transformer company with Meridian Energy, a water purification company and a JV company with ASCO (NZ) Ltd involved with removing CO2 from fuel cells.

He has always been active in the community and has been a Rotarian for over 20 years. He was appointed as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010. He is a member and Past President of the Christchurch Business Club and a member of the Canterbury Club. He enjoys going hiking, bike riding, fishing, playing golf and traveling.

Mike photoMike has spent most of his working life in the Commercial Finance and Banking Industries. Working in banking and finance has given him a great deal of very valuable commercial experiences and exposure to a number of different industry sectors. He enjoys his current role of mentoring, offering advice on financial issues, problem solving, and guiding people to make positive business choices.

He is a totally focused professional and one of his mentored clients has stated in a testimonial about him. In thirty years of being in business I have never experienced such acute focus on goals as I have since Mike has been mentoring me. I wonder where I would be now if we had done this twenty-five years ago. I recommend his services to anyone astute enough to engage him”.

Three years ago he started his successful management consultancy business with one of his first contracts to Westpac Bank who asked him to manage on their behalf, the Westpac and Community Hub. During the 20 months that he managed the Hub, it played host to over 120,000 people including the PM and the Reserve Bank Governor, as well as to charitable and not for profit organisations.

Following his contract at the Hub his management consultancy business continued by offering mentoring advice to a number of professional and commercial clients. This included banks and chartered accountants in areas such as mentoring and training staff, management buyout, change management, governance/management splits, business advice and exit strategies for small medium enterprises, and equity and debt restructures. He has also acted as a company doctor/ turnaround practitioner and provided advice on how to turn around businesses and make them profitable to avoid liquidation.

He has always been active in the community and has been a Rotarian for over 20 years, and was Club President in 2010/2011, the year of the Christchurch earthquakes. He is a trustee for two charitable trusts and chairman of one. He has also been a Justice of the Peace for 12 years. He enjoys walking, bike riding, entertaining friends, spending time with my family, reading, attending live theatre and travelling.


Glen Rutherford

Glen RutherfordGlen’s background includes a unique mix of multi-national business leadership, operational leadership and education experiences, viewed with a people focus. His purpose is to develop others and he brings this passion to his mentoring. After graduating from University of Canterbury, he started his professional life as a High School teacher of maths and science, then branched out as an Agronomist, a Sales Manager, before moving to the Human Resources function. Recently, he served as Asia Pacific Human Resources Director for Dow AgroSciences, based in Sydney. He now has his own business consulting company in Christchurch. A recent client was NZSTA, where Glen provided employment and governance support to 300 NZ School Boards of Trustees and Principals. Glen mentors several Christchurch businesses through NZ Business Mentors.

The capabilities he has mastered during his international Human Resources career include: organisation design, recruiting the right person, strategy development, building high performance teams, change management, health and safety, mediation of people conflicts, Human Resources systems, ethics and culture. Glen leverages best international practice and learnings with NZ practicality and knowledge.

He has helped businesses cope with extraordinary growth, declining sales and profitability, establishment, mergers, acquisitions and technological change.

Glen is a member of NZ Institute of Directors and has held a trustee role in managing a significant superannuation fund and a director role for an agricultural chemical company operating in 13 Asia Pacific countries. He is able to view a business from a governance standpoint as well as provide mentorship.

He has worked as a leadership trainer, mentor and coach across Asia Pacific businesses for the last 20 years. Over this time he developed the method he calls Leading to Inspire, which breaks leadership down to simple capabilities then leverages these new learnings into the leader’s actual business and private issues and actions, through coaching.

Glen and his wife Helen, returned to Christchurch in 2014, and enjoy lots of contact with their children and grandchildren. Glen loves hiking, 4WD adventures to Australia’s remote outback, biking, camping, cooking for family and friends, attending live theatre and music and traveling adventures.