Future First trustee recognised as kindness and leadership “Leading Light”

Future First Trustee, Sally Nelson
Future First Trustee, Sally Nelson

Future First trustee Sally Nelson has been named a “Leading Light” for championing kindness and leadership in the business world.

This campaign celebrates 50 phenomenal, kind leaders working in the UK today who have made outstanding contributions to business, the economy and society.

The 50 “Leading Lights” list is compiled to mark  International Kindness Day on 13 November every year by the Women of the Future programme working in collaboration with Said Business School, University of Oxford and the Hall & Partners team.

As well as being a trustee for Future First, Sally is also Chief People Officer at Fidelity International with responsibility for global human resources and communications. She was included in the list after judges concluded she was “a role model for the power of kindness in effective leadership”.

The judging panel, chaired by HRH Princess Badiya Bint El Hassan of Jordan, also commended Sally for “her focus on nurturing talent”. An approach they said that had “strengthened career vitality within her team and across the organisation, with many colleagues testifying to her personal impact on their development”.

Responding to the news, Sally said: “I’m very honoured to have been listed. My personal experience of kindness from leaders made me feel incredibly loyal to Fidelity International and shaped me as a leader. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, it meant so much that senior leaders offered help and respected my preference to work throughout treatment. Their support gave me the time and space to become myself again. As a mentor, coach and leader, I endeavour to bring that same empathy and willingness to tailor support for the individual.”

Christine Gilbert, Chair of Future First, said: “It’s great to see Sally’s outstanding leadership recognised and celebrated in this way.  We’ve seen many examples of her kindness and leadership in action. She is an inspirational role model who has made a huge contribution to the development of Future First over the years. We are very fortunate to have Sally on our Trustee Board.

“Future First is a charity which focuses on harnessing the positive power of alumni as role models to help state school pupils reach their full potential. Empathy and kindness are part of this approach.”