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Common Purpose 25th anniversary celebration in Birmingham…

Submitted by on November 7, 2014 – 7:00 am |


Hosts and speakers, left to right: Elisabeth Buggins, Chair, Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Trust; Fiona Toye, CEO, Toye, Kenning & Spencer; Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director, PPS; Louise Teboul, Operations Director, Common Purpose; Dr Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Birmingham; Graeme Chaplin, Midlands Agent for Bank of England; Prof Dame Julia King, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University; Georgie Moseley, Founder & Chair, Help Harry Help Others  Sara Fowler, Partner, EY & Midlands Chair of Two Percent Club; Liam Nolan, CEO & Executive Head Teacher, Perry Beeches Academy; Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham; and David Thompson, Deputy Chief Constable, West Midlands Police.In the 25 years since it was founded Common Purpose has grown to become an international leadership development organisation and Common Purpose Birmingham recently celebrated the 25th anniversary as well as their most successful year.

In Birmingham, this year, the Common Purpose team has worked with leaders of all ages, from students, to emerging leaders to senior leaders, and with both local leaders and those visiting Birmingham as part of the CSCLeaders programme (a leadership development programme for senior leaders from across the Commonwealth).

Common Purpose, a not-for-profit social enterprise, marked its landmark birthday with a leadership event to bring together cross-sector alumni from the region, from as far back as the very first course to take place in Birmingham in 1991 attended the event.

The event, on 20 October at The Studio, Birmingham offered people the chance to have conversations with their hosts on the theme of “leadership issues facing individuals, organisations and the city region.”

Louise said:  “This was a great way to celebrate our 25th anniversary, but also to say thank you to the vast number or organisations and people who support our work.  We had a really diverse group of guests and contributors, from students at Birmingham City University to very senior leaders and that inter-generational element created a great buzz.

“It has been a great year for us in Birmingham – we’ve worked with more participants than ever before, been shortlisted for the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in People Development” award and welcomed Commonwealth leaders to Birmingham. So thank you to everyone involved – here’s to the next 25 years” concluded Louise.

Julian Kettleborough, creative director at thestudio, said:

“Having previously hosted Common Purpose events here at thestudio, we were thrilled to be the venue of choice for its 25th anniversary celebration.

“It has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase the venue, demonstrating the innovative environment and unique little extras that are the reason Common Purpose, and other organisations, return to us time and time again.”

This year’s hosts included a range of senior cross-sector leaders.

Elisabeth Buggins, Chair, Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Trust; Fiona Toye, CEO, Toye, Kenning & Spencer; Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director, PPS; Louise Teboul, Operations Director, Common Purpose; Dr Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Birmingham; Graeme Chaplin, Midlands Agent for Bank of England; Prof Dame Julia King, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University; Georgie Moseley, Founder & Chair, Help Harry Help Others; Sara Fowler, Partner, EY & Midlands Chair of Two Percent Club; Liam Nolan, CEO & Executive Head Teacher, Perry Beeches Academy; Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development, BBC Birmingham; and David Thompson, Deputy Chief Constable, West Midlands Police.


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