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Strategic advisory firm joins Pilotlight Programme

Melanie May | 10 August 2021 | News

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Pilotlight has teamed up with strategic advisory firm for corporations and investors Hakluyt in a partnership that sees Hakluyt employees matched with charities to provide pro bono advice and support through the Pilotlight Programme.

One of the first people at Hakluyt to participate in the programme was Hari Sahathevan, a partner in Hakluyt’s London office. Pilotlight connected Sahathevan with the Brandon Centre, a charity that provides mental health and other services to young people in London. Sahathevan spent a year advising the Brandon Centre on governance, prioritisation and other strategic issues.

Julia Brown, CEO of the Brandon Centre, said:


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“The contribution of Hari Sahathevan and others who have worked with the Brandon Centre through Pilotlight has been immense, and we are extremely grateful. Hari’s advice on strategy and governance has helped us make a lot of progress, and I have no doubt this work will support the delivery of significantly improved outcomes for young people in London who have a wide range of mental health and wellbeing needs.”

Sahathevan commented:

“Working with Julia, fellow Pilotlighters, and the team at the Brandon Centre was a fascinating and rewarding experience. I learnt a huge amount from applying the advisory skills I have developed at Hakluyt in a different context, and I’m delighted to have helped this brilliant organisation in its incredibly important work.”

Pilotlight offers charities and social enterprises access to strategic business support to help them improve their efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. It works to match the talents of individuals from different walks of life to charities through programmes managed by Pilotlight project managers. More information on how to join Pilotlight as a charity or a business is available on its site.

Ed Mayo, Pilotlight’s Chief Executive, added:

“Pilotlight is delighted to be working with Hakluyt, and to be helping the firm support a number of charities in the UK. This partnership has already delivered real value to people who need help, and many more lives will be improved as it continues.”