The City & Guilds Group recently invited Princess Royal Training Awards recipients past and present to attend a pop-up conference in East London.

Attendees gathered ahead of the awards ceremony to share best practice in being purpose-driven organisations.

It included a panel discussion with participants from UK companies known for their strong purposes:

  • Sue Gammons, Coaching Director, GSK
  • Matthew Pitt, Head of People Development, Veolia
  • Martin Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Home Instead Senior Care
  • Anna Markland, Ventures Manager UnLtd, and
  • Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group

The panellists shared candid examples of successes and failures in leading with purpose.

Here’s a summary of what they said >

GSK, Veolia, and Home Instead Senior Care are 2019 Princess Royal Training Award recipients.

Leadership secrets of progressive companies

Attendees also heard from Corporate Rebels on what purpose-driven, progressive companies do differently.

The company interviewed more than 150 admired companies like Google and Patagonia to learn their secrets.

Corporate Rebels co-founder Pim de Morree shared eight secrets to embed purpose at the core of an organisation.

He said the secrets might make leaders uncomfortable, but if a company wants greater staff retention and engagement, they need to make changes.

It’s especially crucial when 83% of the UK workforce is disengaged.

Read the eight leadership secrets of progressive companies >


What are the Princess Royal Training Awards?

The Princess Royal Training Awards are given to employers who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits. The awards are given by the City & Guilds Group and supported by our President, HRH The Princess Royal.

Want to apply for the 2020 Princess Royal Training Awards?

Applications open on 02 January, 2020.

Register your interest and look at the application criteria >

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