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Jenny Ashmore combines running her own consultancy, Jazz Works, with roles as President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chairman of the Board of The Guide Association Trading Services Ltd and NED for Commonwealth Games England. Her corporate career included stints as Group Chief Marketing Officer for SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc), Group Chief Marketing Officer for Yell Group plc, plus experience with Mars, Procter & Gamble, Shell Petroleum and British Gas. She has an MBA from Warwick Business School.
I have recently done a refresher “Safeguarding” course as part of my responsibilities as a school governor. Much is good common sense but several things struck me. First, it’s easy to forget the absolutely “obvious” and so being reminded of it and keeping it front of mind is essential. Second, good processes and adhering to them significantly helps to mitigate risk. Third, and perhaps most strikingly, behind all the horrendous high profile incidents where children have come to harm, there had been unheard and unacted upon warnings and clues that something wasn’t right.
Organisations are becoming increasingly complex, characterised by greater sophistication, uncertainty and rapidly changing business environments. They must be able to effectively react to challenges and to exploit new opportunities.