Over the last 20 years, Nick has held a variety of posts at Board Level within the software Industry focused on Workforce Management and HR. The key to his success has been understanding the differing values, cultures and objectives of each industry, whether public, including academic and healthcare, or commercial. In each sector, there is a need to engage with staff and value the key contributions they make, which is their time and their skills. For organisations and employees alike, balancing the timing of hours worked to gain maximum benefit for each party is becoming a key challenge for forward facing organisations. There is growing recognition that aligning staff times to demand is more valuable and in the same way employees attach a greater value to certain times off duty than to others. Organisations that converge these two objectives become high performing with high staff retention.
Sue has worked in the events industry for 20 years, initially focusing on sponsorship and sports marketing – providing an integrated sponsorship consultancy service to a range of well-known national and international brands and corporations such as Barclaycard, Persil and Scottish Provident. My role included developing new business proposals, leading on pitches, strategic planning, project management and logistics, coordinating the media and marketing campaigns, and line management of several account teams. After 10 years in sponsorship she set up Zebra Event Management, focussing on providing commercial and event expertise to charities, as well as a range of professional services clients. Sue has chaired the Snow Leopard Trust UK for 10 years and has just stepped down from this role.
Simon Boughey has spent most of his professional life writing about finance, although he has latterly branched out into theatre reviewing. He has also been an actor in New York and London, the long, long periods between poorly-paid jobs supplemented by the journalism. He has known the Fiorentini Foundation for many years, and believes that her school provides an irreplaceable avenue for children from non-traditional backgrounds to find a traditional and highly professional training in performance.