“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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Abigail Widegger

Abigail Widegger

Asset Data Quality Support, Cadent

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Agata Walda

Agata Walda

Facilities Manager, Mears

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Allyson Savage

Allyson Savage

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Northern Gas Networks

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Amir Mohsenifar

Amir Mohsenifar

Connections Project Manager, Cadent

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Amy Sherwin

Amy Sherwin

National Transport Manager, Tarmac

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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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Andy Howdle

Andy Howdle

Technical Manager, Tarmac

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Andy Simcoe

Andy Simcoe

Site Manager, Northern Gas Networks

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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

Risk and Investment Manager, Northern Gas Networks

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Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson

Customer Operations Supervisor, Cadent

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Dan Powell

Dan Powell

Site Supervisor, Tarmac

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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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Diane Keay

Diane Keay

Customer Success Manager, Mears

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Elliot Dobbie

Elliot Dobbie

Deputy Development Manager, Linkcity

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Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay

Assistant Geologist, Tarmac

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Gainor Keaton

Gainor Keaton

Head of Operations AASC, Mears

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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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Gillian Yeoman

Gillian Yeoman

Customer Development Manager, Mears

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Ian Emsley

Ian Emsley

Maintenance Fitter, Tarmac

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Jake Cartwright

Jake Cartwright

Quantity Surveyor, 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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Jennifer Weston

Jennifer Weston

IT Project Manager, Tarmac

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Jenny Wilkinson

Jenny Wilkinson

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Northern Gas Networks

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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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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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Lea Lambert

Lea Lambert

Quarry Manager, Tarmac

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Leanne Nicolay

Leanne Nicolay

Group Commercial Solicitor, Mears

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Lee Howland

Lee Howland

Production Manager, Kongsberg Automotive

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Lois Moore

Lois Moore

Human Resources Higher Apprentice , Tarmac

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Louise Houston

Louise Houston

Head of Inclusion, Tarmac

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Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Wharves Manager Operations, Tarmac

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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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Nasia Theodorou

Nasia Theodorou

HR Shared Service Advisor, Kongsberg Automotive

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Neil Carrick

Neil Carrick

Midlands Commercial Manager, Tarmac

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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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Richard White

Richard White

Business Operations Lead, Northern Gas Networks

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Rob Chesman

Rob Chesman

Group Customer Success Manager, Mears

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Robert Owen

Robert Owen

Operations Graduate, Tarmac

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Romain Rousselet-Vincent

Romain Rousselet-Vincent

Senior Development Manager, Linkcity

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Shane Davey

Shane Davey

Landfill and Recycling Manager, Tarmac

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Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey

Operations manager, Tarmac

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Steve Robbins

Steve Robbins

Regional Head of Operations, Mears

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Sunny Mehta

Sunny Mehta

Senior Estimator, Tarmac

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