When I took over as EY’s Managing Partner in Liverpool two years ago I committed to doubling headcount – we are on track with 20% growth in our first year and have already seen strong growth in the current financial year.
I’m most proud of where that growth has come from – I’ve doubled the number of people who come to us as graduates or through our Business Apprenticeship program, which offers young people an alternative to university, and I believe apprentices are key to our business as they help to drive creative thinking and bring us into the future of work.
My role at EY gives me the ability to make a difference very quickly to people’s daily working lives. That’s about ensuring the culture of the office is supportive, friendly and open and I believe that the only way for this to be meaningful is for people to see that approach from those in leadership.
Mentoring is hugely important to me and I’m proud to be EY’s UK-wide lead on EY Edge, an intense 18-month leadership programme for around 100 managers who have the potential to be future leaders. I also directly counsel and/or mentor several managers and trainees locally and passionately believe in fostering each individual’s talent.
I want to drive is EY’s involvement in Liverpool at every level and work with the LEP on its advisory council, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the Prince’s Trust in Merseyside and ProLiverpool. I’m also Vice Chair of ProManchester.