On Thursday 13th July we held our very first Shaping Portsmouth Partner-Only Networking event at the world class Mary Rose Museum. This event was asked for by the majority of our Partners in last autumn’s partner survey, and was an unqualified success with over 50 of our Partners attending.
Our Partners were treated to a tour of the museum, leading up to the top deck beside the Mary Rose herself, where drinks and a buffet were served after a welcome and a few short speeches from Shaping Portsmouth CEO Stef Nienaltowski; Dominic Jones, Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Trust; Shaping Co-Chairs Simon Barrable and Mark Waldron; and Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Pitt. Attendees also had the chance to experience the new Mary Rose 4D exhibit.
The whole evening was an outstanding success and the level of positive feedback was incredible.
The now 65 financial Partners of Shaping enable us to carry out the work we do with our committed volunteers, so to be able to get most of them together to say a thank you and to allow them to meet other Shaping Partners was truly wonderful.
Stef Nienaltowski said “The connections some of our Partners made and the networking that happened was very significant, and with the most wonderful of backdrops, and high class food, service and refreshments, the evening, judging by the feedback received, has already proven to be such an important event, and one that I was delighted to have witnessed. My thanks to my team, led by Steffan Jones, and supported by Sam, Matt, Marian and Kirsty, ably supported by Darren at the Mary Rose and his wonderful staff.”
Shaping Portsmouth’s Events Lead, Steffan Jones adds “I was a little nervous about this event as it was the first one of its kind in the Shaping calendar and my first event in the new role at Shaping Portsmouth. But what a great night!
“It was so good to finally meet so many of the Shaping family in person and it’s clear to see how Shaping Portsmouth achieves so much with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of partners. It was also great to work with the super professional team at The Mary Rose Museum who made the process so easy. They are going to be a tough act to follow for the next one.”
The Mary Rose Trust currently has a vacancy on their Board of Trustees. Find out more and how to apply here.