Finito Campus, Sutherland House, 3 Lloyd’s Avenue, London, EC3N 3ES
Ronel Lehmann, Founder
The roots of Finito go back nearly 30 years, to when Ronel Lehmann, the founder of the school, set about finding his first role with the IPS Group, a 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.
Ronel embarked on a life of stockbroking, where he continued to play an active role in mentoring young people as they developed their own career paths in a highly competitive industry. He worked at two public relations firms, and in 1988 set up his own marketing and communications agency, Lehmann Communications.
While running his marketing communications business, Ronel made it his policy to respond personally to every application, however it was received. For those applicants that went to the trouble of making a connection first, and then following up, he always found time for an interview, and wherever possible provided assistance, made recommendations, improved the presentation of their CVs and provided tangible support that made a real difference to the opportunities on offer to them in a highly competitive job market.
Ronel founded Finito in 2016, and it is the latest venture in his long and illustrious City career. He has been widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading communications experts, and has become well known for his crisis communications skills. He has an extensive network and frequently comments about items of interest in newspapers, television and radio.
In April 2014, he was invited as a Witness to the Treasury Select Committee to give evidence on SME bank lending, a cause he has championed vociferously.
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; and assisted the Ballet Rambert Campaign Committee to raise £19.6 million for Britain’s National Dance Company. He is a former Trustee of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and Chairman of giveonthemobile.
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. Ronel is helping Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice 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.
Ronel is on the Advisory Board of Curator’s Eye, a private forum where buyers engage directly with worldwide art dealers. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He has a long track record of mentoring young people in their transition to be Work Ready.