Participants in the 2017 programme include Luke Thorogood, Hollie Seager, Alexandra Gee, Emma Willis, Zoe Dunn and Asia Mirza. Each will be given a personalised development plan, which will act as their objectives on their Future Focus journey.
The initiative was created to identify individuals with the potential to fill critical roles in future within Ashfield Meetings & Events and its growing sister brand, SPARK THINKING. The two-year programme aims to create well-rounded individuals with a wider understanding of the events sector, clients sectors and the wider Ashfield business.
Penny Callaghan, business services & operations director, Ashfield Meetings & Events, commented: "We were thrilled that so many of our employees choose to apply to be on the programme. The six new recruits really demonstrated our values and have an abundance of enthusiasm and commitment. Our agency is already reaping the benefits of the programme and it is fantastic to be able to give back to previous Future Focus talent by supporting their development and progression into more senior roles."
Nicola Williams, account manager, Ashfield Meetings & Events, who started the programme in 2015, said: "Future Focus enabled me to transition from project manager to senior project manager and most recently to an account manager. The programme prepared me by developing my understanding of the different personality types I would eventually line-manage and guided me to research different types of leadership so I could develop my own style. Although I have come to end of the official two year journey, our intake has made a collective pact to continue to develop each other outside of the programme."
The Future Focus internal programme is running in parallel with both of Ashfield’s US offices, where 13 employees across their Ivyland and Indianapolis office have been enrolled.
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