DSW’s next generation of leaders graduate

The second cohort from our Future Leaders programme graduated this week. Liz Lawson, Dow Schofield Watts‘ Talent & Resourcing Manager, recaps the programme and what’s different for 2024.

Future Leaders
Liz Lawson

What is the DSW Future Leaders programme?

It supports 12 professionals from across the DSW Network, helping them develop their leadership capabilities and reach their full potential. This initiative not only focuses on individual growth but also enhances collaboration, fosters stronger relationships, and boosts interconnectivity across the DSW Network.

2024 is the second year of the programme – how has it evolved?

Each participant is preparing a business plan to pitch for potential investment from DSW Capital, with up to £250,000 available to help grow and enhance their businesses. At the milestone event, they’ll deliver a 90-second pitch to a panel, along with a concise paper and a press release about their idea.

They’ve been through engaging sessions on leadership, business development, teamwork, communications and resilience, together with executive coaching. The programme combines sessions on high performance with stories and insights from iconic people and offers personal support to help participants overcome any limiting beliefs about their abilities. This preparation has created a real buzz and excitement as they get ready for their pitches.

What’s been your highlight so far?

It’s been fantastic to see new network members join this cohort, including Koo Aseeley from the Wales and South West corporate finance team, Andrew Robinson from DSW Tax Advisory, Fahim Kassam from the Midlands corporate finance team and Tom Grummitt from DSW Bridgewood. Watching them embrace the DSW mindset, collaborate with their new colleagues and build relationships across the network has been really enjoyable.

They’re a really diverse cohort, which also includes Susie Dow from DSW Capital, Hazel Lomas from DSW ABL Risk Management, Phil Hodgson from the corporate finance team in London, Dan Walker from the North West corporate finance team, Rob Parker from the North West transaction services team, Tom Rowe from the London transaction services team, Pete Horton from PHD Industrial Holdings and Chris Murthi from Camlee Group.

This programme is such a great opportunity for our future leaders. Being involved in its development from the start and seeing it continue to deliver strong results is a real privilege.

What’s the background to the programme?

For the second year running, we’re partnering with BecomingX for our bespoke programme. BecomingX was set up by CEO Paul Gurney with Bear Grylls, the TV presenter, adventurer and best-selling author. BecomingX helps us support our future leaders and their clients, including organisations such as Accenture, Amazon, Deloitte, KPMG, and The Commonwealth Games.

As a challenger brand with a unique licensing model, DSW empowers people to take control of their destiny and build their own businesses. Investing in people is at the heart of our value-creation approach.