SANNE's Emma Pannenborg speaks at prestigious leadership conference in Jersey

22 October 2016

Emma Pannenborg, 21, a Human Resources administrator at SANNE, has recently spoken at a prestigious Leadership Conference in Jersey. Presenting the findings from her dissertation research into leadership development in the island, she told an audience of more than 300 senior politicians and business leaders that attitudes need to change in order to fulfil the potential of young people in Jersey.

Emma, who completed a business degree on-island with Highlands College and Plymouth University achieving a first class honours, was one of the youngest people to address the conference in its history.

The conference explored what future leadership may look like, the challenges facing the island and skills that will be needed in the future. It comes as politicians consider whether incentives should be introduced to encourage local students who leave the island for university to come back to Jersey to work.

Emma said: ‘Events like this conference help to raise awareness about how government and businesses can work together to nurture young talent and champion the leaders of the future. I presented findings from my dissertation research, which included interviewing HR professionals and business leaders, putting forward a case for developing young people on-island now so that in five, 10 or 20 years time they are ready to take on leadership roles. In my view, a change in attitudes towards leadership development is crucial for the future success of the island.’

Jo Le Boutillier, Director in Human Resources from SANNE, added: ‘We are delighted that Emma was asked to speak at such a prestigious event, and she can be really proud of her achievement. At SANNE we believe in nurturing our young people and identifying those who have leadership potential, so we fully support the findings of Emma’s research.’

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