12 rising stars from Bath companies started their leadership development journeys this Tuesday (June 30, 2015) on a special, world-class programme to make more of the corporate talent in the city.
The initiative provides a premier development programme for a cohort of talented people who are seen as the future of their organisations. They are mainly aged between 25 and 35. They will be supported to take on business critical projects and responsibilities over the year that will deliver substantive value to their organisations and develop each participant’s innovation capabilities, leadership and project management skills.
The programme is organised by Bath Bridge, a community interest company concerned with positioning Bath as a place with a dynamic, beautifully inventive future, and it is masterminded by Lee Sears who has extensive experience in running such programmes for blue chip companies around the world. Unusually, this corporate talent development programme is being run by people of the city, for businesses in the city, as a pro bono project with seven coaches and seven Bath Bridge directors giving their time.
Lee said: “The purpose is to provide a showcase developmental experience for people in the early stages of their careers, and equip them to become confident in acting as pioneers, innovators and change agents in their subsequent careers. Not only will they add value to their organisations, but the programme will create a powerful cohort that will enable a more connected business community across the city and send a message that Bath is a great place for talent to thrive”.
The Programme will be a blend of workshops, coaching support, mentoring guidance and project delivery. As well as taught modules and workshops throughout the year, each person will be supported by a personal coach and an external senior business mentor from the region.
The companies and organisations taking part are Curo, Gradwell, Mayden, Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation, Bath Spa University, Bath Mentoring Plus and Julian House.
Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director of Bath Rugby said: “It’s fantastic to see Bath companies stepping up to this. The programme will provide organisations in Bath with an unusually gifted vein of talent and really help Bath to become known as a magnet for talent”.
Sammy Mansourpour, Managing Director at The Agency, also Bath Bridge Director, said: “This is a powerful and necessary initiative for businesses and young people in Bath, and it is fantastic that Bath Bridge has been the catalyst for such a scheme”.