Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Banking Group is a financial services body with millions of UK customers and a presence in nearly every community. Building on a long tradition of engagement in education, the Group decided to consolidate its efforts by focusing on governance in one specific region. A new pilot programme, StandingOut, was launched in Yorkshire – an area of significant educational need that also has a strong Lloyds Banking Group presence. StandingOut offers selected employees a range of structured opportunities to get involved. The HR and talent development teams are closely involved and specific teams are targeted to ensure key personnel are put forward for the governance roles.
Glen Wilson, Regional Director SME Banking, East Midlands & South Yorkshire, was appointed as a NED at The Mast Academy Trust in September 2016 and says: “Having worked in financial services for the majority of my working life I was aware that my network and perspective is potentially narrow, therefore the opportunity to work in a new environment, sector and among colleagues from different backgrounds was very appealing … The insight gained from being involved in setting up the trust was eye opening in itself and I’m really excited about what the future may hold for us.”
David Rowsell, Head of Education & Employability Programmes says: “At Lloyds Banking Group we have enjoyed a great partnership with Academy Ambassadors. They have proved very effective at connecting a number of Lloyds executives with multi-academy trusts, which now benefit from the expertise of some of our most senior colleagues. This partnership is part of our wider commitment to improving school performance through good governance, supporting our aim to help Britain prosper.”
Find out more about the StandingOut programme here.