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Teachers Building Society Hosts Mentoring Event in Bournemouth

Jun 21, 2010

Teachers Building Society welcomed six other mutual organisations to Dorset in June for a mentoring event held at the Carlton Hotel.

The Achievers’ Academy is a development programme shared by six building societies – Wimborne-based Teachers, Saffron, Ipswich, Hanley Economic, Leek United and Market Harborough – along with Mutual One, a building society-owned organisation providing support services to mutuals. The programme aims to identify and mentor members of staff with the potential to become leaders of the future.

The chief executive of each participating mutual organisation has mentored the ‘Achievers’ from a different society over the last year. The event at the Carlton was the third in a series of three Academy meetings, at which the participants were challenged with various tasks, from making presentations to role-playing as a board of directors. This time, the group was joined by Adrian Coles, Director-General of the Building Societies Association, who provided an insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

James Bawa, chief executive of Teachers Building Society, has supported the programme since its inception. He says “As a building society, we place great emphasis on providing a warm customer service and a thriving working culture for our staff.

“Such a service can only be maintained with a valued and challenged workforce. The Achievers’ Academy is a fantastic example of how smaller mutual organisations can work together in encouraging and developing our future leaders.”

This year’s ‘Achievers’ from Teachers Building Society are Jenni Millis, PA to the chief executive, and Joanna Clarke, public relations officer. They have been mentored by David Webster, chief executive of the Hanley Economic Building Society and also current chairman of the Building Societies Association. “We’ve both enjoyed the tasks and have been shown a great deal of support from our mentor,” says Jenni. “The Achievers Academy has enabled us to assess our capabilities and career aspirations while learning about other societies and the market in which we operate.”

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