IT BEGAN WITH A CONVERSATION
Simon Thurston, a Learning Experience Design Consultant on the McDonald’s Global Learning and Development Team, struck up a conversation with our CEO Andy Skidmore in late 2018. What began as a conversation soon evolved into Simon becoming a larger part of our Burn Bright community. At the beginning of 2019 Simon was invited to the Perth College Leadership Camp, facilitated by Burn Bright, to judge on our Dolphin Tank challenge where students put together an innovative idea to solve an issue affecting our society at the moment.
Wanting to find more ways to give back to young people and being passionate about coaching and mentoring, Simon returned to the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2020 and 2021 as a mentor, coaching young people through the 4 days of camp, and volunteered on several Burn Bright school programs in Perth. As we moved into 2022 where it became harder for the Burn Bright team to get over to Western Australia to run the camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Simon stepped into the role of Camp Manager, co-ordinating the 4 days of camp and 2 days of mentor training on the ground in Perth.