Meanwhile, Australia has a new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and that has revived the controversy surrounding A4e and Ms Gillard's department when she was Employment Minister. There's a summary here. David Blunkett figures in that story; but he no longer lists working for A4e on the Register of Members' Interests.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
An award for Emma Harrison
A4e's Emma Harrison has won an award. It was part of something called the First Women Awards, held in association with Lloyds Banking Group and supported by the CBI, with patron Sarah Brown. See the Real Business website and various other versions. Harrison got the Public Service award: "Emma founded training company A4e in 1991 and has built it into a £200m-turnover business operating in 11 countries and employing over 3,300 people. Her Sheffield-based business works with people and communities to tackle unemployment and deliver skills, advice, guidance and enterprise. Emma is a mentor and supporter of many small businesses and is a non-executive on the board of the Institute of Directors." She shared the award with Caroline Shaw, chief executive of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. One could regard this sort of thing as of interest only to the people involved, but we learn that "The ceremony was attended by more than 450 guests including Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Minister of State for Security Baroness Neville-Jones, Helen Alexander of the CBI, Fru Hazlitt, soon-to-be ITV’s managing director of commercial and online, and royal biographer Penny Junor," so it's part of the networking with influential people (I don't include Penny Junor in that.)