Ronel Lehmann, Founder

The roots of Finito go back nearly 30 years, to when Ronel Lehmann, the Founder and Chief Executive, set about finding his first role with IPS Group, the leading insurance recruitment firm. Immediately Ronel spent his time helping individuals find alternative employment, drawing on their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, to match them to the employers and roles that best suited their skills and preferences.

He worked in stockbroking and two public relations firms before setting up his own agency, Lehmann Communications, in 1988. He has been widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading communications experts, and has become well known for his crisis communications skills. While running his marketing communications business, Ronel made it his policy to respond personally to every job application, however it was received.

Ronel founded Finito in 2016, and it is the latest venture in his long and illustrious City career. He has previously served on the Council of the University of Buckingham; as a director of an international Chamber of Commerce; chaired a £6.5 million Capital appeal for children’s hospice group Demelza; assisted the Ballet Rambert Campaign Committee to raise £19.6 million for Britain’s National Dance Company, the Advisory Board of Curator’s Eye, a private forum where buyers engage directly with worldwide art dealers and was formerly Chairman of giveonthemobile, an app which lets you donate to charity via your mobile phone. He is an Honorary Trustee of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice helping to raise £10 million for a new state of the art building in Barnet, and the University of Buckingham seeking £30 million to build a new medical school, the first this Country has seen for generations.

He is a Governor of the City of London School, and in November 2015, was elected President of The John Carpenter Club, the school’s alumni association. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Masons, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Derek Walker, Course Director

Derek is the Lead Tutor on our Work Ready course, responsible for the content of the course and acting as the key mentor to students on the programme.

As a former Director of Careers at Saїd Business School, at the University of Oxford, Derek has many years’ experience in the management of careers guidance to students, and of working with employers from all sectors to understand their hiring needs and build long-term relationships with them. He had overall responsibility for careers provision for around 500 post-graduate students at the business school, and ensured students could access expert advice across all aspects of the job search, including via individual coaching.

Derek began his career in banking and finance, and worked as Head of Campus Recruiting at Barclays Capital before joining Saїd Business School in 2008. He is much in demand for the provision of careers and recruitment advice to higher education institutions and their students.

Colin Hudson, Programme Director

Colin is responsible for overseeing the Work Ready course and mentoring programme.

He is also Director of Career Development at Cranfield University, and established his leadership development and coaching practice in 2005 following 25 years in the energy and utilities industry in the UK and Northern Europe. He was previously Operations Director for British Gas, and has significant board-level leadership and management experience.

Colin has worked internationally and in a variety of business sectors as a coach, and has assisted a broad range of clients, including both teams and individuals.

He has a passion for developing others and helping people achieve their business and personal goals, and his style is intuitive, confident, challenging and pragmatic. He is used to working with people on the development of both their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, imparting training, coaching, mentoring and life skills to help others reach their full potential.

Professor Robert Campbell, Quality Assurance Director

Rob is responsible for overseeing the Work Ready course and all our outputs, and ensuring our attendees always benefit from the highest possible standards.

He is also Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bolton, and until March 2015 was Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), at the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Society of Medicine, a trustee of the National Forum of Health and Wellbeing and Chair of the NHS North West Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence Awards.

He is working with two private providers of vocational HE, as Governor of one in London and a Director and Chair of the Board of the other in Manchester.


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