Following RfM’s inclusion in The Parliamentary Review, Partner Paul Newsham was invited to take part in a podcast and to join an exclusive group of business leaders, founders, influencers and innovators: The Leaders Council.
The Parliamentary Review is a respected annual publication showcasing best practice across all sectors of UK industry. RfM was included in the Review as an example of best practice in the field of accountancy. The article told the story behind the RfM brand and ‘+ more’ ethos, the rapid growth of the group and the successful rollout of new services including Business Consulting and Legal Services.
The story resonated with the Rt Hon David Curry, Editor of The Parliamentary Review, and he invited Paul – a driving force behind the growth of the business – to take part in a podcast on the subject of leadership.
The podcast is part of a series recorded for The Leaders Council, a relatively young organisation, with a remit to celebrate and enhance the role of leadership across the UK.
During an interview with podcast host Matthew O’Neill, Paul shared his views on leadership and the role it has played in his career to date. The full episode also includes an interview with Sir Geoff Hurst MBE.
The Rt Hon David Blunkett, Chairman of The Leaders Council, said of the podcast series, “I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Matthew O’Neill is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there, day in day out, working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about.”
Matthew O’Neill commented, “Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour.”
The Leaders Council
After taking part in the podcast, Paul was asked to become a member of The Leaders Council. The aim of the group – which is supported by a number of well-known figures from business and politics – is to bring together influential business leaders from across the UK, to celebrate their achievements and shape the future of business through meaningful discussion.
The Leaders Council motto is: For the people who run the country and keep the country running.
Having accepted the invitation, Paul is now one of just 15 Leaders Council members who’s opinions and actions will shape the organisation as it grows. As a member of this respected group, Paul’s views on topical business issues will be sought and he will have the opportunity to attend events with successful leaders in their fields, including top sportspeople, ministers and Olympians.
To be accepted, members must reflect the Leader’s Council Charter of Principles which requires them to share knowledge to benefit the wider community, be respectful to those they lead and do business with, forge partnerships with people of repute and make a positive impact where possible.
Paul can also call upon the Council for advice on all issues relating to leadership, and is entitled to commission articles and research on leadership topics that concern him.