Mhairi Richardson – Why I mentor

Making Progress Mhairi Richardson

What made me want to be a mentor?

Having worked in a variety of workplaces covering many elements of Sales, Procurement and Operations I have seen the impact that good training and education can have on the people within those businesses. I am fortunate enough to have had mentors both formal and informal through my career and I really love being able to support people on their education and career journey and to offer guidance if needed. Watching them grow and succeed is reason enough for me.

Why mentor those doing apprenticeships?

I have nothing but admiration for those who chose to study alongside full-time work and if I can use some of my experience to support them then I am happy. I love the variety of the learners, from where they work to where they are in their career journey. For most, they would not have been able to access CIPS had it not been for the Apprenticeship scheme, so they really value the opportunities. Also working with the fabulous team at SR Supply Chain Consultants and knowing how well supported the learners are, gives me great confidence.

Do you do face to face or remote mentoring? 

It really depends on each learner and their needs, some request face to face from the outset where others are happy with a phone or skype call. If a learner is perhaps struggling or the line manager would like to meet face to face then I am always happy to do that. It can be very beneficial to see the learner in their workplace and get a greater understanding of the challenges they face.  But similarly, it is easy to develop a rapport over the phone.

What do you cover in the review?

There are a few core elements that every review covers but the overall review can vary tremendously depending on the learner and the line manager. We start by discussing how the previous few months have gone, with the exams, study and work and any particular challenges that may have happened. This can throw up many issues but also can be a great time to reflect on their growing knowledge and how this is impacting on their day to day life. We look at their progress on the program, making sure that all the required elements are being actioned and the learner feels supported not just in the workplace but by myself and the wider team at SR Supply Chain Consultants.

We will then look at what they and their line managers feel are their strengths. This can be particularly revealing as the learners progress through their studies, often highlighting areas of great achievement or improvement. And then, we look at setting some areas for development so that we can review progress in those areas over the coming months.

We also discuss various elements of H&S, Equality and Diversity and safeguarding and how it impacts the workplace and their roles.

I actively encourage the learner and the line manager if present to give feedback for both the learner and for us at SR Supply Chain Consultants.

What would you say to people who are interested in doing an Apprenticeship in Procurement with SR Supply Chain Consultants?

From what I have seen it is an excellent program that doesn’t just get you a qualification but boosts your confidence and opens up new possibilities for you. It may seem daunting to return to education for some but you will be fully supported all the way through and we will help you achieve the results you want.

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Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

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Michelle Whalley

Course Progress Mentor

Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tom Himsworth

Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
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Estelle Marsden

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Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.

Emma Jackson

Course Progress Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

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Ashlee Scribbins

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Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

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Declan Hemingway

Business Development Account Manager


Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.