Case Study


February 12th, 2019

Mentor gives support to challenge and explore ideas

Through Social Business Trust (SBT), Georgie Brehaut, as Events Manager at Shakespeare Schools Foundation was mentored by Nicki PlowmanPermira Events Associate.

She says Nicki’s support made a big difference: “Nicki is so friendly, helpful and approachable. Working with her let me challenge and explore ideas.”

“Nicki has a great skill of listening, distilling and getting to the root of everything. She immediately followed up on our conversations and sent me information about conferences I should go to and newsletters I should join.”

Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) has had support from Permira, through SBT, since 2013, to grow its work using the unique power of Shakespeare to transform lives.  As the world’s largest youth drama festival, it gives children from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to perform abridged Shakespeare plays in professional theatres across the UK, growing their ambition and confidence.

Georgie particularly appreciated Nicki coming to the autumn 2018 festival launch: “We did a full debrief after the event looking at all the areas that went really well and what we could make even better. Nicki was really clear in her feedback and supportive in her approach. This not only helped me improve as an Events Manager but also gave me a clear understanding of how to give effective feedback to my colleagues.”

Nicki is equally positive: “Mentoring Georgie has been a hugely rewarding experience for me and it has been really wonderful to see her gain confidence and watch her shine. I was surprised by just how much I benefited from being a mentor – both because it was a new challenge for me and one where I too was able to learn a lot and explore different events to what I organise day to day.”

“I also feel privileged to have been able to witness the important work that SSF does and I’m delighted to have been able to support Georgie in the process.”