Patrick Philpott Founder & Managing Director
Patrick started his first business in 2006, during his GCSEs. It didn’t go well! But he went into schools and colleges speaking to other young people about his experiences and what he had learned. It was whilst speaking to students that he found that many wanted more ways of meeting employers and developing skills that will help them be successful in the future. Which got him thinking: How can employers help young people learn about careers, the working world, and the skills they need to get there?
So, during his A-levels in 2008, Patrick founded Visionpath Education. The idea was to work with employers, creating programmes that would help students gain skills and experiences vital for a successful future, whilst helping businesses achieve their talent and development aims. Creating this ‘win-win’ helps us develop sustainable relationships.
Visionpath launched with SKILL!, which is now part of a broad offering spanning employee volunteering, talent programmes and bespoke projects and consultancy. All making a difference for young people, whilst helping businesses meet future talent and professionals build their skills. To date we have reached over 2000 young people and 800 professionals and work with a range of clients, from SMEs to leading multinationals.
Matt Kepple Associate
Matt is a Visionpath associate and lead facilitator for SKILL!, our flagship employee volunteering programme.
Matt is founder and CEO of Make Worldwide, an ideas company using technology to help people achieve their dreams. Before this, Matt co-founded the Commission for Youth Social Enterprise, which advised Government on how to help young people start their own business and make a positive impact on society. His career in marketing and entertainment has seen him manage a music artist, run fashion shows, work in advertising and organise many parties! The product taking up his time at the moment is Makerble, a marketplace for charity projects that shows the difference your donations make.
Katie Ledger Associate
Katie is another of our associates and a key part of the delivery team for SKILL!, leading sessions around communication and presenting. Having spent 12 years as a journalist and newsreader for ITN and the BBC, Katie runs Talent Network, a consultancy helping executives and blue-chip companies to communicate with impact. She also works with Complete Coherence exploring the bioscience of leadership, and coaches a number of senior leaders in companies in the media and technology space.
Natalie Mead Associate
Natalie is an experienced business coach having spent more than 25 years working in leading organisations. She has driven sales and marketing for some of the world’s most famous brands, including Microsoft, MSN, Electronic Arts and the Omnicom Media Group, as well as start-up businesses.
Natalie has a deep belief in empowering and developing people’s strengths. She is a qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner and often uses these skills to help people realise their full potential both personally and professionally. She is also a keen runner and over recent years has raised funds for her favoured charities – the NSPCC, Teenage Cancer Trust and Cancer Research.