Guernsey Press

IoD’s shadowing programme broadens concept of leadership

THE Guernsey Institute of Directors 2023 Leadership Shadowing programme is now open to applicants.

Henry Whittaker was last year’s winner, shadowing Glen Tonks from Credit Suisse.

The initiative sees Year 12 students across all local sixth forms take a two to three day placement with senior business leaders to observe how they motivate, advise and support their colleagues.

‘The IoD Leadership Shadowing programme has helped hundreds of local students over the years, and we are thrilled to continue the programme again this year. The scheme is very different to traditional work experience,’ said IoD Guernsey chairwoman Wendy Dorey.

‘It provides students with a unique opportunity to observe and understand the role of leadership within a business setting.

‘The experience broadens their concept of leadership and gives them useful insights ahead of entering the workplace,’ she said.

Following the placements, the students present what they have learnt to a panel of local business leaders, who select a shortlist of 10.

This top 10 will repeat their presentations at a finals evening at KPMG in front of the panel, and with an audience of peers, teachers, business leaders and parents.

The winner will take home the Martyn Mann trophy.

The scheme has been supported for many years by KPMG partner Linda Johnson and Aztech Soccer owner Rob Jones, working with Source Recruitment, which coordinates the student placements by matching students to leaders.

Orchard PR provides presentation skills training ahead of the students’ presentation.

‘Supporting the next generation is incredibly important to KPMG, and we’re proud to have supported the IoD Leadership Shadowing Scheme for so many years,’ said Mrs Johnson.

‘Watching the students present their insights always impresses. It’s clear they gain a lot from the experience, and we urge business leaders to take part and help kick-start the next generation’s leadership skills.’

All the sponsors are involved in judging and spend significant time and input contributing to the scheme’s success.

. Students interested in the scheme can find out more information and apply through the IoD website –

Business leaders who would like to find out more can email: