Meet the Mentor! June 2018

Each month we are introducing the wonderful mentors that support the Big Ideas programme, in a feature we are calling ‘Meet the Mentor’.  The programme and the students on it simply would not be the same if we didn’t have this mentor support from our business and community partners, and the mentors themselves get an awful lot out of it too.

Find out more about the range of interesting and diverse mentors we work with on our Meet the Mentors page on the website!

Allow me to introduce one of our Tarmac mentors from our Portsmouth region – Steve Bailey.

Name: Steve Bailey

Position: Wharf Manager, Marine Division, Tarmac


· Please describe your role: 

I work as a Wharf Manager for the Marine Division of Tarmac.  We have 11 wharves which are based along the south coast and River Thames. These wharves are managed by a team of 8 managers along with support from other departments at our Marine HQ in Chichester. Our goal is to dredge the sea bed for stone and sand, and process the material at our wharves so it is then ready to be used as building products like concrete etc.

· Please describe your route to this role:

I have only been a manager at Tarmac for 9 months, however I previously worked as a manager at a printing company in Portsmouth. My route to be a manager started at the bottom, having to work hard, gain training and experiences which eventually rewarded me by achieving my personal goal of becoming a manager. All I can say is that the more you work hard at school the easier it becomes at work – however if you have the desire and commitment you can achieve what you thought to be unthinkable.

· What advice do you have for young people interested in either following a similar route to you or in working for your business/sector?

Working for a company like Tarmac can offer so many different work skills and avenues to pursue, we are a big believer in identifying talent and helping people reach their full potential.

· Why did you get involved in S4TP’s Big Ideas programme?

Having two kids myself I was hoping that I could bridge the gap between the kids’ initial ideas and putting their big ideas together in a business-like manner.

· What involvement have you had so far?

I only started helping this year so it was all new to me.

· Has participating met your expectations?

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect, however all I can say is that I was so impressed with some of the talent and commitment on show from the students.

· What has been the best part about participating in the programme?

I loved the Big Ideas Days, so many different characters dreaming up ideas that could potentially turn into reality.

· What has been the most challenging part about participating in the programme?

The hardest thing I have found whilst doing this is trying to install some positivity into the kids – they have had some great ideas however they feel they seem to think they will fail so they do not put forward their ideas.

· What have you learnt, through participating, about yourself, the company and sector you work for, young people, schools and skills development? 

I think a company as diverse as Tarmac has so much experience to offer the kids that together we could help them reach a potential that they may not have thought possible.

· What would you say to others considering participating in the programme?

It is a great way of giving something back to the local community.


We are proud and grateful to have you on board Steve – thank you for all your help!

Answers written by: Steve Bailey, Wharf Manager, Marine Division, Tarmac

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd.