HEAD of islands’ retail banking for Lloyds TSB Offshore Wendy Leedham, has been seconded to a nationwide taskforce, which has the backing of the Prime Minister.
Ms Leedham will spend six months as a thought leader to the Engage for Success Task Force, which was launched earlier this year. The national initiative, which seeks to build a movement of thought leaders, practitioners and influencers who recognise that engagement is to the benefit of the employee, the organisation and the country, brings together some of the UK’s largest employers. Its key areas of focus include tackling barriers to engagement, harnessing engagement for the purposes of innovation and maintaining morale through company change.
In the first few weeks of her secondment, Ms Leedham, who has been head of islands’ retail banking, with responsibility for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man since July 2011, has joined a team of leading national and international businessmen and women who are aiming to identify ways of increasing employee engagement in the workplace and realising employee capabilities.
With extensive experience within the retail and banking sector, Ms Leedham, who retains responsibility for Lloyds TSB International Wealth’s retail businesses across the British Isles and sits on the International Wealth Executive Committee and the Board of Lloyds TSB Offshore Ltd, has gained valuable insight into employee engagement and has also been asked to lead several of the work programmes.
‘This is a great chance to engage with an area of business that I have been passionate about since the beginning of my career,’ she said.
‘ The Engage for Success Task Force enjoys support from a huge range of international organisations and benefits from leading expert insight and I have great hopes that we can change the country’s relationship with its workforce for the better. I would like to thank Lloyds TSB for enabling me to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and look forward to keeping my colleagues up to date with what’s happening at the frontline of company-employee development.’
Russell Galley, managing director of Lloyds Banking Group’s International Wealth Business, congratulated Ms Leedham on her appointment.
‘Standing as a representative member of the Engage for Success Task Force is an incredible achievement and we are all very proud of Wendy here at Lloyds,’ he said.
‘I would like, however, to take this opportunity to thank Michael Chaytor for agreeing to take over Wendy’s responsibilities in the immediate term of the secondment and wish them both the best of luck over coming months.’