Common Purpose was shortlisted in the “Excellence in People Development” category at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce awards which took place on 30 March. Louise Teboul, Operations Director, was in attendance at the Chamber’s biggest ever event with over 1200 guests, hosted by broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.

In the award entry, Louise Teboul, outlined the range of programmes the team delivered in the last year, working with around 330 participants—ranging from students to female community leaders—and supported by almost 250 cross-sector contributors. The team achieved a 97% ‘value for time’ score across their programme for senior leaders.

As well as delivering high-impact, experiential leadership programmes, the broader impact for the city and the region included helping numerous organizations in many ways—from finding new board members and trustees to finding mentors or mentees for staff. The team also sponsored leadership awards for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year, West Midlands Women in Policing and WM IOD Director of the Year.

In addition, in line with our focus on complex societal challenges, Birmingham’s reducing re-offending challenge continues to have a real impact for many people, with one ex-offender being set up in business by a course participant—a business which is still going strong one year later.