ESN: Mentoring for Success Case Study

Building partnerships

Catherine Hetherington, a Government Relations Advisor from Shell, took part in the programme in 2010, and acted as a mentor to three members of staff from Gulung Mulu National Park in Malaysia. Catherine rapidly developed a positive and constructive relationship with Shirley Lyn Gias.

Catherine worked to develop the personal and professional skills of Shirley and all the team, building their confidence and knowledge of business planning.

Supporting Implementation

For both Catherine and Shirley the programme helped them to develop new skills and refine existing ones. Shirley, who now works across several Malaysian national parks, has made great progress developing and implementing her business plans.

This includes:

  • Passing on the training she has received as she trains colleagues within her organisation
  • Improving the rigour and methods of her working practices
  • Developing a working group to get Niah National Park gazetted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Creating a marketing plan for Similagau National Park

Throughout this work she was supported by Catherine, both in a technical and personal capacity, building on their relationship and continuing the valuable work started by the programme.

“This is the best training I have ever participated in throughout my 10 years serving in Sarawak Forestry. Earthwatch has done a good job by bringing together people and organisations with diverse skills and experiences to share their knowledge and develop best practices in protecting and preserving Natural World Heritage Sites.”
Shirley, Gulung Mulu Park.


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ESN programme successes