Ashfield Meetings & Events has welcomed a new set of employees into the third year of its Future Focus staff development programme.
After an extensive assessment day, Ashfield Meetings & Events welcomed six employees to the 2017 programme; 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 the objectives to their Future Focus journey.
The initiative was created to identify individuals with the potential to fill future, critical roles within Ashfield Meetings & Events and its growing sister brand, SPARK THINKING. The two-year programme has been designed to create an environment that allows the individuals on the programme to explore their own potential and explore development opportunities. The aims is 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) 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), who started the programme in 2015, praised the initiative: “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 the 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 programme runs in parallel with both of Ashfield’s US offices, where 13 employees across the Ivyland and Indianapolis offices have been enrolled.