Time Finance are pleased to celebrate the success of their first Talent Leadership Programme – an initiative formed to recognise excellence from within and enhance the skills of the next generation of “future leaders”.
Launched in September 2020, 9 rising stars within the organisation (Alex Dowson; Charlotte Holley; Dan Hughes; Emma Edwards; John Cowham; Kate Brown; Matthew Sturney; Sophie Marsh; Tom Cook) were awarded placement due to their strong performance, drive and enthusiasm.
Over the course of the 12-month programme, the cohort were tasked with managing and delivering three large projects to the Operating Board at Time Finance: (1) investigate and recommend new products and services to compliment Time Finance’s existing portfolio of SME finance solutions; (2) launch a Group-wide intranet for their multi-site organisation; (3) explore and recommend the ways in which Time Finance can improve their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Social Governance (ESG).
Alongside the opportunity to project manage, the team benefited from internal mentorship from members of the Operating Board as well as external leadership coaching from a personal brand ambassador.
Holly Mapstone, Director of HR, at Time Finance said: “At Time Finance, we put our employees at the heart of everything we do and pride ourselves on not only attracting great talent but continually investing in our people. Our Talent Leadership Programme was the first of its kind and was designed to help shape our employees into the next generation of future leaders. We want our employees to grow and thrive with us, and we firmly believe that access to training, mentorship, and the opportunity to take on new challenges is key.
“I was thrilled with the interest in the programme when it was first announced to our teams. We were inundated with applications from enthusiastic employees, ready to make a real difference in Time Finance. I’m delighted with the cohort we selected and the success of the programme. It’s a pleasure to see so many of our graduates already advance in their career in such a short space of time and go on to do great things.
Over the last 12 months, Dan Hughes, now Head of New Business (Property Finance), has escalated into a management position and takes responsibility for a small team of advisors and building their new business pipeline. John Cowham, Financial Controller, has been appointed into a more senior position, now managing a larger team across multiple sites in the organisation. Kate Brown earned a promotion to Senior Marketing Manager, which included the recruitment of a new team member beneath her and the added responsibility of driving the firm’s marketing strategy. Matthew Sturney stepped up to a new role within management to oversee and drive new business in Time Finance’s Vendor Finance division. Finally, both Tom Cook and Sophie Marsh were promoted into management positions.
Ed Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer at Time Finance, said: “I would like to congratulate all employees who successfully graduated from this year’s Talent Leadership Programme. It’s proven to be a rewarding scheme not only for the business, but for our employees’ personal development plans. We look forward to continuing to explore new ways we can help our employees reach their full potential with us.”
The AIM listed alternative finance provider currently employs over 160 employees over 6 UK sites. Time Finance regularly engage in new initiatives and projects to support their employees and create an inclusive and market-leading workplace. In December 2020, Time Finance were named Employer of the Year in the Business Leader Awards, recognising them for their commitment to their people.