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Mills and Packer partner with Avanti Communications

February 12, 2024

Avanti Communications has partnered with two-time Olympic gold medallist and three-time World Champion in competitive sailing, Hannah Mills OBE, and Saracens and England women’s rugby captain, Marlie Packer.

Mills and Packer will be working closely with Avanti over the next twelve months to strengthen and promote the satellite provider’s CSR and Sustainability initiatives. Avanti shares many key values with the purpose-driven athletes and will be collaborating with them on STEM advocacy, education, and HR-focused initiatives.

Elite professional sailor, Mills , has been recognised for her services to sport and sustainability, having founded the Big Plastic Pledge to tackle single-use plastic in sport. She is also an ambassador at the 1851 Trust which makes STEM learning inspirational and accessible for the next generation.

This year, Avanti will define a new sustainability strategy and draw on Mills’ passion and experience in this area to inspire its workforce and embed this within the business.

Education will remain a key strategic pillar for Avanti, and Mills will be supporting the business to showcase the positive impact that quality education can have on young minds. Avanti has already helped the learning of more than 180,000 children with its satellite technology and has a target to connect an additional 10,000 remote schools and villages over the next five years. The business will also continue to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers with its annual Apprenticeship Scheme.

Saracens and England women’s rugby captain, Packer, will celebrate her 100th cap for England later this spring. Renowned for her achievements in rugby and commitment to championing gender equality and mental wellbeing, Packer will work alongside Avanti on HR initiatives to support the physical and mental health of its workforce.

Having recently received the Great Place to Work certification, Avanti will be building on its existing employee wellness programme with new initiatives to engage and support its 220 employees across seven international office locations.

Kyle Whitehill, CEO at Avanti Communications, said: “We have been working with Hannah and Marlie for the past year and they have had a huge impact on our business. These inspiring women are not only at the top of their game within their respective fields but also have impressive credentials beyond sport. Their values seamlessly align with Avanti’s ambitions to improve access to quality education for children across the globe and to prioritise mental and physical wellbeing within the workplace.”

Mills said: “I am proud to be working with such a values-driven business like Avanti. Their focus on quality education and sustainability aligns with a lot of my recent work and values.  I look forward to sharing my experiences with their passionate people and make a positive impact together.”

Packer added: “I’m super excited to continue my partnership with Avanti. They are a company that care about their people and provide opportunities to be the best version of themselves. I’m excited to share my experiences and knowledge from the rugby pitch and transfer them into a business setting.”

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