Financial and Commercial Awareness for Leaders
Expectations for staff across all level to demonstrate sound financial and commercial thinking and capability has been around for a while. In a post-coronavirus world, public bodies will be under increasing pressure to reduce spending and demonstrate value for money. Many are predicting an upcoming challenging economic climate, and staff will be looking at their leaders for financially and commercially sound decisions. Hence, financial and commercial awareness is an essential element of leadership. In this webinar, we will explore why financial and commercial awareness is essential to leaders through the following discussion points:
10:30 - 11:30
Jim Brooks was a UK local authority Chief Executive for over 12 years and a Director of Finance for almost five years. He was City Treasurer of Manchester and Chief Executive of Borough of Poole and Kingston-upon-Hull.Read Bio
Jim Brooks was a UK local authority Chief Executive for over 12 years and a Director of Finance for almost five years. He was City Treasurer of Manchester and Chief Executive of Borough of Poole and Kingston-upon-Hull (which then employed 15,500 employees).
He has been an independent board member on two Government Departments and is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee for the National Assembly in Northern Ireland at Stormont, sitting on the Parliamentary Commission which supervises the power-sharing agreement.
He has sat on UK national advisory committees for the distribution of resources to local authorities and on local taxation. He has led corporate governance reviews into local authorities and has stepped in to support organisations which are in difficulty. He was Chairman of the External assessors for the Business School at Liverpool Polytechnic (now John Moores University).
He has been an executive director for a major private sector outsourcing company in the UK and was Chief Operating Officer for a Treasury Management advisory company.
He has lectured for PAI, RIPA International, Crown Agents and other recognised training agencies for over 10 years on finance and governance issues. He has worked across the UK and in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, France, Dubai and USA. He is currently working on projects in Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Mauritius and Botswana.
He is a successful consultant and has regularly mentored Directors of Finance and Chief Executives. He has supported UK Government Departments in financial management, international accounting standards and corporate governance.
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