As part of KYRA’s commitment to develop strong leaders of the future, powerful bosses volunteered to provide ongoing mentoring and practical, hands-on experience.
As leaders of major regional and national companies, the mentors have amassed a wealth of management and business expertise that they are able to share with students.
Alan Jones, chief executive of Apollo Chemicals, has been a mentor since June 2006. He is passionate about empowering people to take on the challenge of social and economic deprivation and delivering effective education and training whilst giving each student a chance to learn from each other’s experiences.
Sat Sembhy, MD of Streetly-based Broadway Kitchens is a fellow mentor. He believes the project is central to the successful regeneration of particularly depressed areas in the West Midlands and that bringing together students from a range of backgrounds is a powerful way of effecting real change.