Sheffield financial planner wins prestigious award

Jillian Thomas has won a prestigious regional Director of the Year award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Jillian, who is managing director of Future Life Wealth Management, won the CSR category in the East Midlands Institute of Directors awards. She is automatically entered for the national final in London in October.

Jillian, whose business is based at Renishaw near Sheffield, said: “I am really pleased to have won this award, which recognises how our company plays a big part in the local community. We realise that as a business we cannot work in a vacuum and are part of a bigger community.

“I believe in giving back and doing what I can to help others, whether that is through taking on apprentices or taking part in civic life.”

The winning entry told how Jillian gives up her time to help people with early-stage dementia deal with their finances; how her staff are encouraged to look after the wildlife around the office and to recycle, and how clients are urged to help the company in its charity work. Jillian is also a governor of Chesterfield College and a former president of Sheffield Chamber.

The judges said of Jillian: “This is a director who understands that a healthy community is good for both society and business.”

Ron Lynch, IoD East Midlands regional director, said: “The awards recognise excellence on the part of directors in the East Midlands; those who have done something special and achieved something very significant.”

Future Life Wealth Management, which was set up in 2010, won The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Chamber Awards in the Most Promising New Business category in 2011. The company has won numerous awards since.

Future Life Wealth Management offers a bespoke financial planning service to generators of wealth, typically business owners, executives and professionals, and also to receivers of wealth, such as inheritors, divorcees, widows and retirees.