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Hinckley & Rugby trio seek three degrees

A trio of future leaders from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society have enrolled in the newest cohort on a pioneering Masters degree developed for financial mutuals.

Students (l-r) Hinckley & Rugby’s Kelly West, Evan Crosskey and Sarah Johnson

(l-r) Hinckley & Rugby’s Kelly West, Evan Crosskey and Sarah Johnson

HR manager Kelly West, mortgage customer service manager Sarah Johnson and business development office manager Evan Crosskey are the latest Hinckley & Rugby staff to embark on the three-year programme at Loughborough University.

Evan, 33, who lives in Lutterworth, said:

“For someone who doesn’t have a degree already this is an amazing opportunity to develop my understanding and skillset, which will hopefully impact positively on my team and the business.

“Hinckley & Rugby has shown a lot of faith in me over the 12 years I have worked here and I am keen to prove that we are a business that nurtures leadership talent.”

Sarah, 38, who lives in Burbage, said: “Having worked at Hinckley & Rugby for over 15 years, I have always embraced the opportunities offered by the Society.

“When the opportunity to embark on a Masters was offered I knew that this would be the most exciting and challenging to date. I look forward to using all of the new skills I will develop to enhance my team and the Society as a whole.”

Kelly, 27, who lives in Swadlincote, said: “I have always been keen to continue to develop my knowledge and professional skills and I am always on the lookout for opportunities to do so.

“I have been at Hinckley & Rugby for 18 months and one thing, amongst many others, that drew me to apply for this role was the Society’s clear commitment to employee development. I look forward to embarking on this professional and personal journey.”

Last winter the Society’s Carolyn Thornley-Yates and Rebecca Griffin graduated with their MSc in Leadership and Management and were presented with their certificates by the University’s Chancellor, Lord Sebastian Coe.

The first UK Masters programme specifically for people in a customer-owned/mutual financial services firm was developed by Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics with the Building Societies Association. It covers topics including leading and managing, governance and strategy.

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