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For Individuals

The good that charities can do is often limited by their resources, experience and ability to respond and thrive in a changing world. But you can make a difference.

As an experienced senior leader your expertise can bring huge value to charities. You can help to transform their strategy, operations and effectiveness.

We bring business experts together with charity leaders through our Pilotlight 360 programme to address the challenges they face. By coaching a charity leader to explore key areas such as leadership, governance, purpose, strategy, impact and finances, you help to build a more resilient sector in the process.

Get involved and your skills can transform the work of charities, igniting change that lasts.

Through a suggested annual donation of £1,795, you'll not only support our mission but also embark on a personal journey of transformation.  For more information, take a look at how we’re funded.

Give back better

With so many causes competing for your time and interest, it’s hard to know where to focus your attention. That’s where we come in. Since 1996, we’ve helped over 1,000 charities to ignite change that lasts by harnessing the skills of experienced leaders just like you.

By becoming a Pilotlighter, you will be matched with charities where your skills can be best put to use. Our proven programmes and the support of our professional team ensures that charities maximise the impact they make with your contribution.

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Develop your skills

You’ll explore how you can contribute value to charitable organisations, leveraging your talents, skills, and experience while developing key skills to support the next stage in your career. 

This deep learning experience includes:

  • Real-time NED experience
  • Board stakeholder management
  • Increased leadership skills
  • Enhanced coaching and mentoring skills
  • Intensive immersion into the charity sector, supported by a curated learning portal
  • Working collaboratively with other senior leaders from across the public and private sectors.
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Pilotlighter Profiles

Learn more about what it takes to be a Pilotlighter in these profiles.

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Sagar Kothari

Sagar Kothari is a Director, Legal at Nomura International plc.

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Astrid Berkman

Astrid is a Global Managing Director for Business Transformation Advisory at Arcadis, leading a Management Consulting team who provide strategic business advice to their clients.

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Tinu Adewumi

Tinu is a Founding Consultant, Financial Management & Technology, for her consulting company Qasic Enterprise.

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Michael Pagnotta

Michael Pagnotta is a Global HR Business Partner with a successful track record in the design and delivery of end-to-end HR/L&D people strategies within the professional services and private/public sector.

Take the next step

There are lots of reasons people choose to become Pilotlighters. Our community includes (but is by no means limited to):

  • Working professionals who want to use their skills to support charities.
  • Leaders with a desire to develop their coaching and mentoring abilities.
  • People considering trustee roles who want to learn more about the charity sector first.
  • Prospective non-executive directors wishing to hone their skills of providing independent insight, guidance and challenge.
  • Retired professionals who want to put their time and capabilities to good use.
  • Regular charitable donors who want to explore other ways of contributing.

Whatever your motivations, talk to us: we’d love to discuss how becoming a Pilotlighter can enrich your life and career.

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Be part of something

By becoming a Pilotlighter, you'll join a dynamic and diverse community of like-minded individuals. You'll have the chance to actively participate in our Pilotlight 360 programme, where we support over 130 charities each year.

Additionally, as a Pilotlighter, you'll gain access to valuable learning events and the opportunity to connect with peers who share your passion, allowing you to expand your network and make a meaningful impact.

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Our Impact

93% of Pilotlighters increase their understanding of other perspectives after working with us.
75% of Pilotlighters report their personal wellbeing has increased.
80% of Pilotlighters increased their coaching skills after taking part in Pilotlight 360.

Partner Business

The following private and public organisations sponsor staff to become Pilotlighters

I can impact a charity strategically and benefit the community alongside my career. It's a win-win for everyone.

Shamik Chakraborty
Shamik Chakraborty
Finance Director - Barclays

For just three hours commitment a month I get to recharge, have a real impact and use my coaching skills.

Amanda Coale
Amanda Coale
Consultant Commercial Lawyer - Coppercape

Being a Pilotlighter has also helped me develop and enhance my influencing skills, and I've taken back this learning to my role at Sage.

Chris Lauder
Chris Lauder
Vice President of Risk and Assurance - Sage

Pilotlight is helping me to develop my career in new directions. Pilotlight offers me the opportunity to share my expertise, learn about a new sector and connect with like-minded professionals across Scotland.

Lesley Martin
Lesley Martin
Collaborative Consultant and Researcher - Lesley Martin Consulting

You will develop new skills and outlooks that a purely commercial career will not give you.

Ashley Blake
Ashley Blake
CEO - Otium Real Estate

When I moved out of full-time employment, I wanted to make use of my skills and help charities.

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Trish Appleton
Marketing & PR Consultant - Appleton Consultants Ltd

Without Pilotlight, I'm sure I wouldn't have become a trustee for Scottish Families Affected by Drugs & Alcohol.

Frank Robertson
Frank Robertson
Senior Independent Consultant