Pilotlight Blog

Breaking the business bubble and finding balance

We celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) this year by holding an event where we shared stories from inspiring female leaders who both support and lead charities in our programme. We also hoped these testimonials might inspire more women to join us. IWD is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but also calls to accelerate gender parity. At Pilotlight we are very proud of the fact that female Pilotlighters made up 37% of our membership in 2016, but we would love to have a greater proportion in 2017.

Tulsi Naidu, UK CEO of Zurich and a member of our Board of Trustees, first joined Pilotlight in 2011 and spoke about her experiences at our IWD event. She explained that she first came to us because: “My friends told me that I needed more balance in my life and donating my time to Pilotlight might be a chance for me to find it.” She continue…

Learning to say no: Ensuring a sustainable future for Positive Prison? Positive Futures…

This year we’re celebrating 10 years of Pilotlight in Scotland and are sharing some of our stories from our work over the last decade. Project Manager Miriam Cunningham shares her experience of working with Positive Prison? Positive Futures… (PPPF) a 2016 Pilotlight Partner Charity. Through the Pilotlight programme, PPPF went from “an organism to an organisation” (Pete White, CEO).  How did that happen? 

The Challenges

PPPF is a young and ambitious charity that draws on the user voice of people who are or have been subject to punishment, to improve the effectiveness of Scotland’s criminal justice system.  It aims to reduce the harms caused by crime and support the re-integration of people with convictions, and engages with Scottish continue…

“We need to get more strategic and commercial.” Marcia Lewinson, CEO, W.A.I.T.S.

International Women’s Day is calling organisations to #BeBoldForChange and make the world more inclusive and gender equal. We’re turning our spotlight onto one of our current projects that’s working with a charity who’s doing exactly that. How is the Pilotlight programme helping them be bold for change for the women they service?

Women Acting In Today’s Society (otherwise known as W.A.I.T.S.) supports women suffering domestic abuse and empowers them to have a voice in society. They applied to the Weston Charity Awards in 2015 and won a 10- to 12-month programme of mentoring with us to look at how they can improve their strategic vision, develop a business plan continue…

How Pilotlight helped one investment guru become a better leader

​Stuart McMaster, a Pilotlighter in Scotland who’s recently retired as Director of Investment Management at Alliance Trust, says working with Pilotlight gives him new focus, makes him a better communicator and a more positive person.

Your career can allow your mind to be pulled too much in the one direction. The cycles of pressure and preoccupation are hard ones to break. Finance is a particularly high pressured sector and it can be all-consuming. Pilotlight broke this cycle for me. It brought me ‘back to base’, gave me balance and perspective, and ultimately led continue…