Who we are
TalentTrust is a charity registered in Singapore. Founded by Fiona Halton and Brian Gillies in 2015, we bring together inspiring people to grow and strengthen charities.
What we do
We run 12-month, pro bono consultancy projects for other local charities.
Our teams of consultants are made up of senior business leaders who mentor and advise local charities in all areas of strategy, giving them the helping hand they need to take the next step in their journey.
All of the projects are facilitated and managed by a TalentTrust Project Manager.
We believe in the power of communities and Kampong Spirit. We know that when we come together, and share our diverse expertise, we all become stronger.
History of TalentTrust
Fiona Halton, founder of the Pilotlight model and Brian Gillies, Foundation Board member of Pilotlight, wanted to take the successful Pilotlight model, that they knew worked for charities and business, to Singapore.
Pilotlight is a unique, capacity building charity offering free tailored strategic planning support to charities and social enterprises that are tackling disadvantage in the UK.
Since Fiona founded the model in the UK in 2003, Pilotlight has recruited more than 1000 business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches for over 450 charitable organisations.
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) had taken Fiona on a tour of five countries in South East Asia to talk about the Pilotlight model. As a result, Fiona was convinced of the value the Pilotlight model could bring to other countries.
Brian had come to live in Singapore after a hugely successful business career in the UK. He had been a Piloltighter in Scotland, served Pilotlight on its Foundation Board and now wanted to use his business skills to help charities develop and to learn more about the voluntary sector in Singapore. He offered to make TalentTrust happen, driving forward the initiative and investing in it.
NVPC became TalentTrust’s first grant funder joined by ToteBoard. Their backing of the concept made it a reality.
Sunita Kaur and Vernon Vasu joined Brian to run TalentTrust and be its first trustees.
Thanks to all these people and organisations, in 2015 TalentTrust became a registered charity. TalentTrust is based on the Pilotlight model but is independent of Pilotlight. It is by Singapore for Singapore.