First ‘Mini Execs’ graduate with the help of local business mentors

On Tuesday 20 September The EBP celebrated the end of its inaugural ‘Mini Exec’ programme with a special graduation ceremony at Lincoln’s Charlotte House Hotel. The 19 mini execs, selected from schools across Lincolnshire, were brought together with their mentors, high profile business leaders who are committed to nurturing new business talent.

The Mini Exec Club was set up last November as the flagship programme for The EBP’s Communitree brand. Based on and supported by the Lincolnshire Executive Club, a bi-monthly networking dinner organised by Streets Chartered Accountants and Langleys Solicitors LLP, the scheme pairs young aspiring professionals with mentors from the Lincolnshire business community, allowing the worlds of business and education to interact in a focused and meaningful way.

Since the programme launched, the mini execs have been given rare insights into the world of work at top levels, staying in touch regularly with their mentors by email, telephone and workplace visits. They have also been given support with university and job applications and even work experience placements.

At the ceremony both the mini execs and their mentors were presented with certificates marking their involvement in the project. Two mini execs also spoke of their experience, with Olivia Tant from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle, saying that being a mini exec has boosted her confidence and fuelled her ambition to study business at university. Of her mentor, Human Alchemy’s Dawn Barron, Olivia said: “Dawn is incredibly passionate about her business and this is a quality I would like to have when I venture out into the world of work. Having Dawn as my mentor means that she is on hand for advice and guidance when needed. She has found me some work experience in order to help me identify the area that I would like to specialise in, whether it be marketing or human resources or something completely different.”

Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive at The EBP, said: “We are delighted to see the progress that our mini execs have made since the project started. The confidence and skills that they have developed are in no small part down to their own commitment as well as the expertise and hard work of Lincolnshire’s most experienced business leaders. Following the success of the first programme, we are keen to further develop the Mini Exec Club, working with more of the county’s business community to support even more young people”.

James Pinchbeck, Marketing Partner from Streets Chartered Accountants said of his involvement in the scheme: “The graduation event was truly inspiring, it was great to see the confidence gained by the students and to experience their energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. What a wow to see so many potential future business and organisation leaders in the making. I have really enjoyed my wider engagement with the Mini Exec programme. It has been great to support the career direction and intention of the student I mentored, and to see the impact and benefit such support has in the final years of secondary education.”

Kate Hindmarch, Employment Partner at Langleys Solicitors LLP, said: “We’ve been involved in the programme from the start and I can’t recommend it to other businesses enough. I’ve been in touch with my mentee Holly by email regularly and she’s also been in and met the team here at Langleys. The young people we’ve mentored have been enthusiastic and bright, and the Mini Exec Club gives them a real idea of what the corporate world is like.”

If you are interested in being involved in the Mini Exec Club, please contact Laura Hopton, Communitree Co-ordinator, at The EBP on 01522 574160 or email

You can view a full gallery of photos from the event over on The EBP's Facebook page.  

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