Under this partnership, Hakluyt employees are being matched with a number of charities to provide them with pro bono advice and support via the Pilotlight Programme. One of the first people at Hakluyt to participate in the programme was Hari Sahathevan, a partner in Hakluyt’s London office. Pilotlight connected Hari with the Brandon Centre, a charity that provides mental health and other services to young people in London. Hari spent a year advising the Brandon Centre on governance, prioritisation and other strategic issues.

Julia Brown, CEO of the Brandon Centre, said: “The contribution of Hari Sahathevan and others who have worked with the Brandon Centre through Pilotlight has been immense, and we are extremely grateful. Hari’s advice on strategy and governance has helped us make a lot of progress, and I have no doubt this work will support the delivery of significantly improved outcomes for young people in London who have a wide range of mental health and wellbeing needs.”

Hari commented: “Working with Julia, fellow Pilotlighters, and the team at the Brandon Centre was a fascinating and rewarding experience. I learnt a huge amount from applying the advisory skills I have developed at Hakluyt in a different context, and I’m delighted to have helped this brilliant organisation in its incredibly important work.”