Date Published: 16-11-2016

Cooper Lomaz is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Nelsonspirit Future Leaders Crew, a fantastic programme for young people in Norfolk.

“I am delighted that Cooper Lomaz is sponsoring this fantastic programme to help inspire and grow young leaders into the leaders of the future. As a business leader myself, it is an honour to be able to help young people develop the skills necessary to become a leader too” – Charlotte Cooper, CEO of Cooper Lomaz.Cooper Lomaz Sponsors Nelsonspirit

The Nelsonspirit Future Leaders Crew is a leadership programme for Norfolk young people aged 16/17 who aspire to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Nelsonspirit is offering high potential sixth formers, selected from schools across the county, the opportunity to work and learn together as a ‘crew’ in close engagement with the leaders of today. Over 12 months and 7 half day meetings, the crew will be exposed to master classes and mentoring with MDs and CEOs from business and charities. The crew will also enjoy bespoke workshops on leadership development, and, we offer the opportunity to deliver a leadership project in a charity.

Founder and Chairman of Nelsonspirit, Nigel Cushion, says “We are excited to be launching the Nelsonspirit Future Leaders Crew in Norfolk this autumn. Leadership is the key ingredient that takes businesses and communities forward, and it is fabulous that the 5 pilot schools have engaged to help us inspire young people and select the leaders of tomorrow.” he continues “We look forward to delivering the master classes and linking the young people with 40+ leaders of today in our regular adult crew, as well as supporting them delivering leadership projects in charities. Our inspiration comes from Nelson a great Norfolk leader of yesterday, but we are also inspired by companies like Cooper Lomaz, the leaders of today, who are prepared to join us and invest in, the leaders of tomorrow.”

The Future Leaders Crew not only represents a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills, but, the programme will also help with important decisions on their future.

The programme gives successful applicants access to leading employers, experience and insight of work and is evidence for CVs & UCAS, thus supporting any future job or college applications.

The aim of the Nelsonspirit Future Leader Crew is to support, inspire and grow all participants to the programme by guiding them on their individual leadership journey and bringing them into contact with business and charity leaders.

This is the first year of the Future Leaders Crew and Nelsonspirit has worked with 5 high schools around the Norwich Area – Open Academy, Norwich School, Wymondham College, Taverham High and Norwich High School for Girls in order to bring a wide variety of 24 applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life.

The 24 applicants were taken through to a selection morning on 13th November 2016 by 5 volunteer business leaders and whittled down to a crew of 11 outstanding young people – from all 5 pilot schools – who are keen to start the programme on 30th November.

About Nelsonspirit:

Nelsonspirit was founded in 2008 by Norfolk businessman Nigel Cushion following the death of his close friend Dr Hal Belknap.

Hal believed that all leaders have an active role to play in their local community. His life creed was that “There are those in your community who need your help – reach out to them. Helping others is one of the best ways to help yourself”

Nigel realised that all communities anywhere in the world have fantastic local leaders in business and in charities, but most tend to work in isolation.

Nelsonspirit – Named after great Norfolk leader, Horatio Nelson – is about bringing leaders together in close engagement to help each other on their leadership journey.