Pilotlight Blog

Could you be our next business volunteer?

This week David Goldstone, a partner at executive search firm Osprey Clarke hosted an introduction event where we talked to a diverse mix of business leaders about how we can help them break out of the bubble of their day jobs, and give something back. 

During the evening our chair Graham Clempson talked about how growth in the charity sector is often not more than 1%. Our latest Impact Summary shows that 2 years after their engagement with Pilotlight charities report a 50% increase in their reach and a 28% average increase in their income, demonstrating that our programme has a continue…

How Pilotlight mentored one charity CEO, and helped her see what success looks like

I was feeling slightly overwhelmed in my role. Everything I'd learnt about management was on the job and within the organisation. I joined Women's Aid East Midlothian (WAEML) in the days of a collective management structure, so I had always shared the management role and decisions. There had been a couple of re-structures which made the collective smaller, but it wasn't until I held my current role that I had to go it alone. This was made more challenging as I was now managing staff that were at one time (and for a long time) my peers. I honestly felt some days I was just making it up as I went along, and I was concerned I'd be exposed as a fraud very soon! 

So it was perfect that we found Pilotlight. Right from the beginning I was put at ease. My Pilotlight Project Manager, Richard Moore, prepared for me for the journey ahead, encouraging me to keep an open mind, be honest, work hard but mostly to enjoy it. Immediately on meeting the team of business volunteers (my Pilotlighters) it was continue…

Seeing Julie develop and grow in confidence was uplifting.

Working at a strategic level in the public sector sometimes feels like I’m far removed from “real people”. I volunteered for Pilotlight as part of my Fast Track management development programme that Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership offered me. Coaching and mentoring were part of my personal development plan, and tackling inequalities by developing and building supportive relationships with practical outcomes has always driven and energised me. This is something I often discuss with my own coach, and Pilotlight sounded like a fantastic opportunity for me to develop, share my skills and make a real difference.

I already had a good understanding of the voluntary sector as I worked for 21 years within the Health Promotion/Health Improvement division of the NHS. I’ve worked alongside many organisations and partnerships, developing business plans and funding bids. I currently commission and contract managing services and hoped I could bring all continue…

Everyone has a piece to put down

“When you first start you feel like you’re putting down all these pieces of a jigsaw, looking for how they fit together. Then the Pilotlighters put down pieces, and you’re not sure if they’re part of the same puzzle! After a while things come together and there’s a kind of lightbulb moment when you start to see the full picture and it all makes sense.” Emma Pears, SELFA 

Last month we brought together the sixteen winners of the Weston Charity Awards in 2016 at two Pilotlight Connect sessions, held in Leeds and Birmingham. The purpose of these sessions is to bring together the CEOs from these charities (it’s the first time the CEOs have met since they won the awards in June last year) and give them a continue…