PwC UK is a professional services firm offering Actuarial, Assurance, Consulting, Deals, Tax and Technology services. They support businesses of all sizes and in a wide range of industries, by helping them with big deals and big changes to their structures and the way they work. They have over 21,800 employees in the UK, Channel Islands and Middle East with over 920 UK partners. Academy Ambassadors started promoting non-executive director opportunities to PwC UK staff in April 2015. Through internal communications and group teleconferences, over 35 individuals have expressed interest in a non-executive director role across England and 14 have been placed on academy trust boards to date.
Kieran McGing, Associate Director at PwC UK in Manchester became a non-executive director on The Great Schools Trust in November 2015: "I got involved in Academy Ambassadors to provide something back to my local community but also to meet similar professionals through my role on the Trust Board. Since joining the Trust I have been able to bring in a range of new ideas and challenge from both a risk and financial perspective, supporting the Trust growth plans (from 3 to 5 academies so far). The role can be challenging at times but ultimately it is a rewarding experience I would recommend and I know that I am bringing a key skill set to Board that would not have been there 18 months ago".
Reece Booth, Associate Management Consultant said: “Becoming a non-executive director not only helps our staff to further develop their leadership skills, it provides the opportunity to gain valuable board experience while they deal with the challenges of building thriving new trusts, turning around failing schools and unleashing innovation. This is important as we believe that each and every one of us at PwC UK needs to be an authentic and inclusive leader who inspires others and can lead clients, teams and others through change. Encouraging staff to get involved with Academy Ambassadors also aligns with the two main principles of our corporate sustainability strategy: 'doing the right thing' and 'being a catalyst for change', which in turn leads to our employees making more enlightened business decisions based on their first-hand involvement with the wider community.”