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8 local business leaders graduate from the latest LEAD programme delivered by QuoLux

PUBLISHED: 10:15 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:15 09 March 2016

Celebrating the most recent graduation of the QuoLux LEAD programme are: Rachael Ramos, QuoLux, Phil Barnes, E.G. Carter, Lisa Gettins, BPE Solicitors, John Zbihlyj, Tungum, Sam Kandiyali, Target PR, Darren James, GillFoxJames, Mark Harries, E.G. Carter, Peter Wharton, MF Freeman, Rob Rees MBE DL, Food Works Australia & Ambassador of The Wiggly Worm, Stewart Barnes, QuoLux

Celebrating the most recent graduation of the QuoLux LEAD programme are: Rachael Ramos, QuoLux, Phil Barnes, E.G. Carter, Lisa Gettins, BPE Solicitors, John Zbihlyj, Tungum, Sam Kandiyali, Target PR, Darren James, GillFoxJames, Mark Harries, E.G. Carter, Peter Wharton, MF Freeman, Rob Rees MBE DL, Food Works Australia & Ambassador of The Wiggly Worm, Stewart Barnes, QuoLux

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The group were the seventh cohort to successfully complete the ten-month intensive leadership development programme joining the ranks of more than 70 alumni from the region.

The leadership development programme is designed to enable business leaders to take a strategic perspective, identify challenges and deliver practical solutions for business growth.

Hailing from an eclectic mix of companies, the delegates recognised their achievements at a graduation ceremony at the Queens Hotel in Cheltenham, where they each received a ‘certificate of completion’. Most of the group are now working towards achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Professional Practice (Leadership Learning), having their learning accredited by the University of Gloucestershire.

The eight graduates are Phil Barnes, E.G, Carter; Lisa Gettins, BPE Solicitors; John Zbihlyj, Tungum; Sam Kandiyali, Target PR; Darren James, GillFoxJames; Mark Harries, E.G. Carter, Rob Rees, the Wiggly Worm & Food Works Australia; Peter Wharton, MF Freeman.

The ‘passing out’ event also saw four awards presented, celebrating outstanding achievements or contributions to the programme. For the first time since LEAD began in the South West and Midlands, one delegate – Michelin chef Rob Rees – picked up two awards:

· Leadership improvement award - Rob Rees MBE DL, director of Food Works Australia and Ambassador of The Wiggly Worm

· Peer support award - Lisa Gettins, equity partner, BPE Solicitors

· Staff development award - Rob Rees MBE DL

· Business growth award - Peter Wharton, financial director, MF Freeman

“LEAD has changed me, my business and my family,” says Rob Rees. “It’s coached me towards a more focused approach to what I do, how I do it, and why I do it.” Rob emigrated to Australia part way through LEAD allowing QuoLux to pilot ‘LEAD International’ – one of three innovations QuoLux is bringing to the market this year.

Stewart Barnes, founder of QuoLux, says: “It’s hard to believe this is Cohort 7, we continue to be heartened by the colour and contribution that each group brings and the unique networks that LEAD creates. “From a renowned chef to a financial director and construction managers, Cohort 7 have worked together to tackle the real life issues they face in their businesses, taking reassurance in the similar challenges they encounter and empowerment from the support that this form of peer group learning brings.”

Cohorts 8 and 9 are underway and applications are invited to join Cohort 10 which commences in the autumn.

To find out more visit www.quolux.co.uk.

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