A local business graduate has claimed that Jersey needs to do more to support young people in the island to become future leaders in the coming decades.  

Emma Pannenborg, 21, a Human Resources administrator at SANNE, was invited to speak at the prestigious Leadership Jersey Conference on Thursday 20th October. Presenting the findings from her dissertation research into leadership development in the island, she told a packed audience of senior politicians and business leaders that attitudes need to change in order to fulfil the potential of young people in Jersey.  

Miss Pannenborg, who completed a business degree on-island with Highlands College and Plymouth University achieving a first class honours, was one of the youngest people to address the conference in its history.  

The conference explored what future leadership may look like, the challenges facing the island and skills that will be needed in the future. It comes as politicians consider whether incentives should be introduced to encourage local students who leave the island for university to come back to Jersey to work.  

Miss Pannenborg said: ‘Events like this conference help to raise awareness about how government and businesses can work together to nurture young talent and champion the leaders of the future. I presented findings from my dissertation research, which included interviewing HR professionals and business leaders, putting forward a case for developing young people on-island now so that in five, 10 or 20 years time they are ready to take on leadership roles. In my view, a change in attitudes towards leadership development is crucial for the future success of the island.’  

Jo Le Boutillier, Director in Human Resources from SANNE, added: ‘We are delighted that Emma was asked to speak at such a prestigious event, and she can be really proud of her achievement. At SANNE we believe in nurturing our young people and identifying those who have leadership potential, so we fully support the findings of Emma’s research.’