“The Big Ideas Day demonstrated that when you give students a free licence to engage their creativity and challenge them to think ‘why not’, you will always be inspired. The youth hold many of the big answers for our future and we will be very wise to listen them and to help harness idea development.”

Nicole McNab, Stakeholder and Community Manager, SGN

Meet the mentors

Employee mentors from our Business Partners work hard to support our teams of young people to turn their Big Ideas into achievable, beneficial and creative business plans and live projects.  Over the last four years we’ve had over 100 employee mentors volunteer on the programme.  We asked some of our current mentors to tell us a little bit more about themselves and what they get out of mentoring with Solutions for the Planet.

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Aaron Beardsley

Aaron Beardsley

Customer Operations Area Manager, Cadent

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Alex Bull

Alex Bull

Senior Development Officer, Linkcity

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Allyson Savage

Allyson Savage

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Northern Gas Networks

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Amanda Morby

Amanda Morby

Group Customer Marketing Manager, Mears

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Amir Mohsenifar

Amir Mohsenifar

Connections Project Manager, Cadent

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Andrew Chambers

Andrew Chambers

General Manager, Mears

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Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Project Manager, Cadent

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Carly Glover

Carly Glover

Head of Operations, Mears

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Charlie Eddington

Charlie Eddington

Environmental Advisor, Northern Gas Networks

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Claire Spencer

Claire Spencer

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Northern Gas Networks

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Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson

Customer Operations Supervisor, Cadent

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Danny Charles

Danny Charles

Streetworks and Reinstatement Officer, Cadent

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David Leonard

David Leonard

Senior Repairs and Voids Supervisor, Mears

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Derek Winton

Derek Winton

Repair and Replacement Team Manager, SGN

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Edward Clark

Edward Clark

Project Coordinator, Mears

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Elliot Dobbie

Elliot Dobbie

Deputy Development Manager, Linkcity

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Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay

Graduate Geologist, Tarmac

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Fenella Dodson

Fenella Dodson

Sustainability Officer, Tarmac

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Gainor Keaton

Gainor Keaton

Head of Operations AASC, Mears

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Gavin Ansen

Gavin Ansen

Site Technician, Tarmac

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Gemma Clewlow

Gemma Clewlow

Benefits Manager, Tarmac

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Gemma Palmer

Gemma Palmer

Assistant Accountant - Consolidation and Reporting, Tarmac

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George Bagshaw

George Bagshaw

Graduate Development Officer, Linkcity

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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes

Head Of Learning and Development, Mears

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Heather Tryer

Heather Tryer

General Manager, Mears

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Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart

Manufacturing Manager, Tarmac

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Ian Bingham

Ian Bingham

Senior Project Manager, Tarmac

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Ian Emsley

Ian Emsley

Maintenance Fitter, Tarmac

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James Dunford

James Dunford

Unit Manager , Tarmac

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Jamie Crozier

Jamie Crozier

Contract Manager, Mears

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Jason Burt

Jason Burt

Group Director for Health Safety and Compliance, Mears

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John Batterson

John Batterson

Network Asset Engineer, Cadent

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John Mansfield

John Mansfield

Street Works & Reinstatement Supervisor, Cadent

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Josh Spencer

Josh Spencer

First Call Operative, SGN

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Kali Moat

Kali Moat

Facilities Manager N&S, Tarmac

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Kati Sexton

Kati Sexton

Connections Customer Advisor, Northern Gas Networks

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Lauren White

Lauren White

Proposals Engineer, Tarmac

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Lee Howland

Lee Howland

Production Manager, Kongsberg Automotive

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Louise Houston

Louise Houston

Head of Inclusion, Tarmac

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Masha Allan

Masha Allan

Project Manager, SGN

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Megan Thompson

Megan Thompson

Internal Account Manager, Tarmac

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Michael Pain

Michael Pain

Assistant Quarry Manager, Tarmac

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Nalini Wilkins

Nalini Wilkins

Environment Manager, SGN

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Naomi Joyce

Naomi Joyce

Group Head of Marketing, Mears

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Nasia Theodorou

Nasia Theodorou

HR Shared Service Advisor, Kongsberg Automotive

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Nicola Berry

Nicola Berry

Group Customer Success Manager, Mears

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Ollie Shanks

Ollie Shanks

Customer Operations Supervisor, Cadent

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Oscar Gomez Gonzalez

Oscar Gomez Gonzalez

Senior Test Engineer, Kongsberg Automotive

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Rob Chesman

Rob Chesman

Group Customer Success Manager, Mears

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Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald

Regional Finance Director, Mears

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Romain Rousselet-Vincent

Romain Rousselet-Vincent

Senior Development Manager, Linkcity

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Stephanie Upton-Roddy

Stephanie Upton-Roddy

Sustainability Advisor, Tarmac

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Steve Robbins

Steve Robbins

Housing Management, Mears

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Tanya Nugent-Wadsworth

Tanya Nugent-Wadsworth

Senior HR Business Partner, Mears

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Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin

Facilities Management, Mears

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Tsungai Mumbe

Tsungai Mumbe

Stakeholder Engagement and Social Value Lead, Tarmac

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Zarreen Ahmed

Zarreen Ahmed

Internal Auditor, Northern Gas Networks

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