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Eastern region’s future finance leaders supported by Pure and Grant Thornton

Pure and Grant Thornton have delivered the second stage of 2017’s leadership and career development programme specifically designed to support finance professionals in the East of England.

The Finance Leadership Programme aims to support high performing individuals looking to progress their career to Financial Director level. Thirty-four people from across the region attended the interactive seminars which took place at Grant Thornton’s offices in Norwich, Ipswich and Chelmsford throughout May and June. The topic of discussion covered was ‘The importance of raising your profile as a business leader’, supported by several high-profile Finance Directors or Managing Directors from within the region, sharing their professional journey to Board level. The first session of 2017, held in March, focussed on the topic of Effective Leadership.

Tom Earl, Associate Director at Pure, said: “A wider support network like this can play a critical role in assisting ambitious and talented individuals to reach their full potential. Our aim is to support the region’s future finance talent by helping them to explore the skills and experience needed to further progress, add value within their organisation and to become effective leaders. The sessions are designed to be a relaxed and neutral forum where like-minded senior professionals can share experiences, hear from those already in high profile leadership roles, gain business insight and spend time on their personal development.”

Darren Bear, Practice Leader for Grant Thornton’s East Anglian office added: “Alongside our work with dynamic, forward thinking business across the East of England, we have a wider purpose at Grant Thornton which is to get businesses, individuals, cities and communities working together to create a more vibrant, progressive and productive economy at all levels. A crucial part of this is ensuring there is sufficient local talent available with the right skills to help our region’s businesses grow. The Finance Leadership Programme provides an excellent step towards this goal.”

The programme is delivered free of charge in return for a small donation to charity. To date, the events have raised £1,562 which will be split between Norfolk’s The Big C charity, The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NICU, Brightstars in Bury St Edmunds and Chelmsford-based charity Kids Inspire.

The final sessions of the 2017 Finance Leadership Programme will be held across the region in September. For more information contact Lucy Plumb on lucy.plumb@prs.uk.com