Teaching school pupils about responsible business

Young people are taking part in a nationwide series of 'Question Time' events held during this year's Responsible Business Week.

The interactive events are giving school pupils the opportunity to quiz local business leaders about responsible business in a panel format, and offering them ‘real life’ examples which they can use as part of their studies, informing them about the local labour market, and encouraging them to develop their employability skills by hearing first-hand what employers want in potential recruits.

The broader aim is  to inspire the next generation of responsible business leaders.

On the 24 April 60 students from five local schools in Stoke took part in the panel discussion, including Cooperative Academy, Thistley Hough, Ormiston Horizon Academy, Excel Academy and Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews. The panel was chaired by Stuart Seddon, Chairman, Novus Property Solutions Ltd with panellists including Dr Geoff Edgell, Director and Principal Construction Consultant, Lucideon Ltd; Professor Kurt Allman, Chair of Enterprise and Director of Keele Management School; Sara Williams, CEO, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Mo Chaudry, Chairman, Waterworld Group Ltd; Mark Whittaker, Marketing Director, Stoke on Trent College.

On the 26 April a panel discussion with100 students from five local schools in Telford took place including, Ercall Wood; Hadley Learning Community; Abraham Darby; Madeley Academy and Telford Priory. The panel was chaired by John Gallagher, Vice President, Capgemini Ltd with panellists, Martin Simmelker, Marketing & Communications Manager, Fujitsu; Mark Thompson, CEO, Aceongroup, and Energy Sector Champion for Telford Business Board; Katherine Kynaston, Assistant Director: Business, Development & Employment, Telford & Wrekin Council; Kevin Gamble, Specification Team Leader, Saint-Gobain Weber; Thom Kennedy, Business Editor, Shropshire Star andTim Beech, Editor, BBC Radio Shropshire

On the 27 April more than 100 students from four local schools in Derby including Da Vinci; City of Derby Academy; Noel Baker and Bemrose, were involved in the 'Question Time' event. The panel was chaired by Adam Buss, CEO, QUAD with panellists, Adam Tamsett, General Manager, Intu Derby; Heidi Barlow, Head of Marketing for East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports; Bev White, CEO, GI Group; Devon Daley, Presenter, BBC Radio.

Also students from Fulwood Academy, and Lostock Academy in Preston took part in a panel chaired by Simon Price from UCLAN with panellists including Janette Drew, NSPCC; Andrew Brown,  KPMG; Stewart Townsend, Digital Lancashire and Ty Jones,  DWF Law.

On 28 April more than 50 students from Codsall High School, RSA Academy, and Walsall College in the Black Country will take part in a panel chaired by Paul Dockerill, whg’s Director of Energy and Programme Management. The business panellists will include Gary Fulford, Chief Executive Officer, Walsall Housing Group; Liz Bell, Community Affairs Officer, A.F.Blakemore; Stef Stewart, Regional Director, Buildbase; Maria Northwood, Business Support Director inc CSR, HR & Sustainability, Axis Europe; Martin Jones, Construction Manager, Wates Living Space West.