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Ashfield kicks off third year of Future Focus

Agency has welcomed a new set of employees into the third year of its Future Focus staff development programme

Pictured: This year's Future Focus intake

Ashfield Meetings & Events has welcomed a new set of employees into the third year of its Future Focus staff development programme.

The programme was created to identify people with the potential to fill roles at Ashfield Meetings & Events and its sister brand SPARK THINKING. The six new employees - Luke Thorogood, Hollie Seager, Alexandra Gee, Emma Willis, Zoe Dunn and Asia Mirza - were welcomed to the 2017 programme following an assessment day.

Penny Callaghan, business services and operations director, said: “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.”

The two-year programme aims to allow individuals to explore development opportunities and provide them with a wider understanding of the industry.

Nicola Williams, account manager, who started took part in the programme in 2015, said: “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.

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