Nominated by their employer, this category is open to an individual aged 30 and under. The nomination must demonstrate how the individual has had significant impact on the business and made a personal contribution to a project or the business as a whole. Alternatively, it could be the individual’s performance in the company and their continued enthusiasm to do the very best for the benefit of the company. The nominating company will need to support the entry and confirm the positive impact made by the nominee.
The Judges will be looking for one or more of the following:
- Career progression
- Relevant qualifications or training received
- Examples of successful projects or targets achieved
- Testimonials both internally or externally
For any queries regarding your entry, please get in touch with the Chamber Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesley Robertson, Organisation Development Director (Left)
Lesley has worked for Clarks in a variety of HR roles for the last 17 years, and for most of her career in retail. Her current role is in talent, leadership and skills development. Lesley has lived in many areas throughout the UK but has been settled in South Somerset for over 20 years. She is keen to see young talent developing and growing and is very excited to be able to hear the stories and successes of those taking part in the Somerset Business Awards.
Jessica Jones, Communication and Engagement Coordinator (Right)
Jess originally joined Clarks in April 2018 as a Receptionist (temp) at our Distribution Centre in Street, but within a couple of months was promoted to the position of Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator. This has been a highly varied and exceptionally interesting role, which has given Jess the opportunity to work on many projects that are close to her heart, such as charitable events and environmental programmes. Jess considers it incredibly satisfying to see the impact of her engagement efforts during her short tenure at Clarks.
Julian Yorke, Global Community and Engagement Manager
Julian works in the Corporate Responsibility function at Clarks and has responsibility for their global community investment strategy, incorporating activity in Europe, APAC and the Americas. Julian held previous Corporate Responsibility roles with Deutsche Bank’s flagship CR programme and with Business in the Community – the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Responsibility charity. Julian is originally from London but relocated to Somerset in 2017 and is enjoying rural living.
It began with a flash of inspiration. It was 1825 in the tiny English village of Street in Somerset. James Clark was busy working at the tannery owned by his brother, Cyrus. Among the sheepskin rugs, the off-cuts and cast-offs were piling up when James had a brainwave. “Slippers!” he exclaimed and the Brown Petersburg was born. Sales were soon averaging more than 1,000 pairs a month. Within a few years the brothers’ pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit was rewarded with two awards at the ‘Great Exhibition Of The Works Of Industry Of All Nations’. And so began a remarkable story of vision, innovation and invention.
We’re still based in Street and owned by the Clarks family but today we’re a truly global brand. With 15,000 employees, we operate in no less than 75 countries – everywhere from Europe and the Americas to the Asia Pacific region. Designing, manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling and selling online, by sales volume we are the world’s biggest everyday footwear brand; a £1.54 billion business.
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