Paxton Partners with The Girls’ Network Mentoring Scheme

Brighton, UK – 9th March 2020


Brighton technology company, Paxton, has joined forces with a mentoring programme to inspire and empower girls of school age in Sussex.

The Girls’ Network connects girls aged 14-19 to a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

After partnering with the network in 2019, 9 Paxton employees have been trained as volunteer mentors and matched with a mentee. They meet their mentees, who are from local schools, at least once a month over the next year, to help them get from where they are, to where they want to be.

Nicola O’Donnell, HR Director at Paxton said: “We’re so excited to be working with The Girls’ Network. The initial idea was shared by a Paxton employee during our International Women’s Day workshop, so we are really proud it has come to fruition.

“We want to encourage more young women to enter the technology industry and we’re also committed to having a positive impact on our local community – this partnership is the perfect way to do both.

“This was just one of the brilliant ideas to have come from our International Women’s Day workshops, in particular the discussions we had about closing the gender pay gap in our industry. We hope the positive steps we’re taking will encourage more women into Paxton and the technology industry as a whole.”

Zazie Clarke, The Girls’ Network Sussex Network Manager, said: “We are really excited to be working with Paxton on this mentoring partnership. It is a wonderful opportunity to show our mentees the wide variety of exciting opportunities for women in the technology industry, and for our Paxton mentors to inspire the next generation of young women in their local community. We can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that our mentoring pairs achieve over the next year.”

At the end of the mentoring journey, mentees become ambassadors of The Girls’ Network: a free lifelong membership enabling them to continue accessing support and opportunities and offering them a platform to have their voice heard.

The Girls’ Network hopes ambassadors will return as mentors once they’ve entered the world of work, helping them create a self-sustaining social movement with the goal of achieving unlimited futures for all young women.

Paxton, which is based in Home Farm Road, just off Lewes Road, designs and manufactures market-leading security systems.

To find out more about the work that the Girls’ Network do, then click here.