The Rising Stars of the Future
This month we report on DC Leisure’s Rising Stars programme and the growing talent pool across the Group. We also congratulate six of our most recent promotions.
In March this year, 19 individuals successfully graduated from the six month ‘Rising Stars’ management development programme delivered by DC Leisure. The programme aims to equip each individual with the knowledge and skills to be able to further their career at DC Leisure; whether that be to complete their current role more successfully, take on additional responsibility or move onwards and upwards within the Group.
Throughout the six months, the Stars completed a number of assignments to cement their learning, culminating in a ‘Dragons Den’ final module. This last test saw them present to a board of three ‘dragons’; Steve Philpott, CEO, Sandra Dodd, Finance Director and Rich Millard, Operations Support Director.
Clare Hayler, Group HR Manager says; “The Rising Stars Programme allows the Group to increase its talent pipeline. 2013 is set to be an exciting period of growth at DC Leisure and we wanted to ensure that we would be able to develop the careers of our dedicated workforce.”
The Rising Stars also attended a celebration dinner and were presented with their certificates and outstanding achievement awards by Steve Philpott and David Stalker, CEO of UK Active. Six of the Rising Stars have already achieved promotions and many others have been taking on new tasks and additional responsibilities.
“The standard of the Rising Stars in the 2012/13 programme was fantastic and the promotions clearly reflect this,” Clare concludes.
- Kerri Stanton, General Manager, Aldershot
- Leanne Clark, General Manager, Runcorn Pool
- Sam Glassett, Operations Manager, Latchmere
- James Crawford, General Manager & Partnerships Manager, Kingsmeadow
- Simon Blackadder, General Manager, Stourport
- Georgina Brain, General Manager, Westbury Pool