4 CEOs for one day!

On Thursday 4th August, Certitude welcomed 3 new CEO’s for the day alongside Aisling. Kirat Kalyan, Anthony Williams and John Voisey joined Aisling at our office in Balham after winning our ‘CEO for a Day Competition’ run by the Learning and Development team.

It is the second time we have run ‘CEO for a Day’ which is part of National Learning at Work Week, a national campaign to promote learning at work. Caroline Dyment, Learning and Development Manager, said “Having the opportunity to learn from people around you is really important and we want to make sure that people have personal development on their radar. Anything that makes learning exciting and different is a good thing and spending time with someone like Aisling can be really motivational. It gives people a chance to think about things differently with somebody in a different role who shares the same values, aims and ambitions as everyone else within Certitude.”

So how did it all go?

With a packed agenda including introductions with everyone who works at the office in Balham, becoming involved in key strategic projects, getting a glimpse of how members of the leadership team develop plans for the future and learning about some of the different central roles and teams, there was a lot to be getting on with!

Anthony, Trainee Employment, Training and Education Advisor took the opportunity to get to know more people, saying “the highlight for me was meeting everyone that does different things for Certitude. I didn’t really know many people before today; I knew faces but not many names. It was great to meet everyone properly”.

John, Deputy Manager at Ambleside Avenue, enjoyed learning about so many different aspects of Certitude, including learning about Aisling herself: “Hearing about Aisling’s career development – where she started and where she is now – is really inspiring. It’s really helped me understand her as a person rather than just the CEO of Certitude. Aisling’s openness and honesty and the way that she feels about Certitude and the industry really came through… today has been really educational and I hope I can take this back to Ambleside Avenue to show people how much I have enjoyed the experience.”

Kirat, Peer Mentoring Outreach Worker with Beyond Prison valued getting a better understanding of how much goes on ‘behind the scenes’, adding “I have a lot of respect for the work that people do. I feel a lot more energised – it is great to see people being empowered to take ownership of their jobs and to think creatively. It was great to see how approachable and available Aisling is for everyone.”

Aisling appreciated the CEO’s input to the day, saying “Everyone has been very open about themselves, the work they do and sharing ideas with people they have met. I really valued the opportunity to sit together and reflect on what I do and what tips and ideas I can share with people to help them in their own careers. We want everyone at Certitude to be successful and happy and to have the opportunity to be the best they can be in the jobs that they do. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

We will be catching up with John, Anthony and Kirat later in the week to get their thoughts on the day and what they learnt, so watch this space!

Left-right: John, Anthony and Kirat with Aisling