Celebrating Patchwork Graduation

On 5th December Rockwell were proud to attend No.11 Downing Street to celebrate the Patchwork Foundation’s Masterclass graduation ceremony.

Each year the Patchwork Foundation, which exists to increase diversity in civil society, supports 60 people on a ten month programme which seeks to enhance personal and professional skills, whilst also increasing political knowledge and experience. With over 150 graduates of the programme, many have gone on to work directly with politics, charities, NGOs and the private sector. Previous tutors have included Secretaries of State, Journalists and Political Strategists, with each cohort being given the opportunity to attend a special Masterclass at 10 Downing Street.

Rockwell are sponsor for a cohort of 30 people each year and are delighted to have been involved throughout 2019. This began in January when our Board of Directors took part in the interview process to handpick the most exceptional candidates to become Patchworkers. We have since provided support throughout the Masterclass series, which has afforded Patchworkers the opportunity to engage with people from the Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill to our own Founder, Donal Mulryan.

Speaking about the ceremony Donal commented: “As a Patron of the Patchwork Foundation it’s been my great pleasure to support the charity in its day-to-day work. I was delighted to host a Masterclass in June this year and talked about the importance of tenacity, ambition and hard work as key ingredients of success. In graduating, these young people have clearly shown these qualities in abundance. We very much look forward to supporting future Patchworkers and hearing the stories from this cohort in the years to come.”

The evening was compared by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and Moonisah Iqbal, an alumni of the Patchwork Masterclass. Jonathan Manns, our Board Director and Head of Planning and Development, who has been involved with the Masterclass Series and is on the Advisory Council for the Foundation, gave the graduation speech. This was followed by short presentations from Patchworkers which touched on the impact which the programme has made to their lives. 

It was a pleasure to support our cohort and the wider Masterclass Series throughout 2019 and we’re proud to see the difference it has made. We wish them all the best for the future and we very much look forward to meeting our next cohort in 2020!