Meet the Mentor! July 2018

Each month we are introducing the wonderful mentors that support the Big Ideas programme, in a feature we call ‘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 SGN mentors from our Scotland region – Robyn Pender

Name: Robyn Pender

Position: Stakeholder and Community Officer, SGN


· Please describe your role: 

I work in the Stakeholder and Community team for SGN based in Edinburgh. Our main responsibilities are to engage, influence and collaborate with our stakeholders as well as being responsible for several corporate social responsibility initiatives and campaigns across the company.

· Please describe your route to this role:

At school I was always really interested in business and marketing and subsequently went on to study a Marketing and Communications degree in Events Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. I first joined SGN in 2014 when I was still at university building up my industry experience portfolio and joined SGN full time when I graduated in 2015. I’ve had slightly varying roles during my time at SGN from starting off in the Stakeholder Engagement team to working in the Events team and now back in the Stakeholder Engagement and Community team covering the East and North of Scotland.

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

Carrying out work experience during my time at Uni was highly beneficial, not only does it give you extra experience to add to your CV but it gives you insight into organisations and working environments which allows you to figure out exactly what you want to do.

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

Working with S4TP is an initiative run by my wider Stakeholder and Community team, therefore I was given the opportunity to become the lead for SGN in Scotland.

· What involvement have you had so far?

I’ve been involved since the programme kicked off last September 2017. I’ve been involved in mentoring a school and helping them reach the final.

· Has participating met your expectations?

It’s definitely refreshing to work with young individuals who are very passionate and creative when it comes to their ideas.

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

Seeing my team come first in the regional final in Glasgow and second overall at the Palace of Westminster!

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

Ensuring that the groups are focused and on track to complete their business plans.

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

It’s something different to be involved in and a great experience!


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

Answers written by: Robyn Pender, Stakeholder and Community Officer, SGN

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.