Pilotlight is a unique, capacity building charity offering free tailored strategic planning support to charities and social enterprises that are tackling disadvantage in the UK. Through the Pilotlight Programme, we match directors from charities and social enterprises with teams of senior business people and facilitate a year long engagement to plan for sustainability, development and growth.
Pilotlight was founded by Jane Tewson in 1996 and in 2003 Fiona Halton (CEO from 2000 to 2013) launched the Pilotlight model we work with today.
Since then, we have recruited more than 1000 business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches for over 500 charitable organisations, which work to help improve the lives of those who need it most.
How we do it
We handpick teams of business leaders – Pilotlighters – from a range of corporate sectors. Charities and social enterprises are then matched with a team of four Pilotlighters, chosen specifically for their range of skills and experience, who support them to develop strategic and business plans.
Teams meet their partner organisation every month over a 10 to 12-month period. An experienced project manager facilitates each project, ensuring that work remains focused and effective.
The Pilotlighters help the charities’ leaders create more sustainable and efficient organisations by offering the kind of high quality, challenging mentoring that is normally only available to top corporate executives.
The Pilotlight Programme is about exchanging skills so that our partner organisations are not the only ones to benefit – Pilotlighters have the opportunity to test their talents in a new and challenging context, network with peers from other industries and disciplines, and learn new skills and approaches that they can bring back to their organisations.