Lisa Thompson has created her own piece of history in the Hartlepool business world.
She has become the town’s first Business Connector and is spending 12 months in the community, finding out exactly how partnerships can help to tackle the town’s issues.
And now that she is eight months into the post, she took time out to tell Business Update: “It has been an extremely humbling experience to see how people work and how committed they are to supporting the communities across town.”
Once her year-long secondment ends, she will return to her former role as a senior bank manager with Halifax within the Lloyds Banking Group.
But she will take a lifetime of memories with her, as well as making a difference to the groups and people she has met.
One town school praised her for forging “a strong bond with our school and I really appreciate her help and dedication. If Lisa sets about doing something for us she makes sure it happens”.
Another, from the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Lisa has played a pivotal role in working towards a dementia friendly Hartlepool. She has brought fresh ideas, supported dementia friends sessions and developed links between the business community, health, social care and the voluntary sector.”
The aim of business connectors is to provide a role model for colleagues, and to help change the culture within business.
Lisa said it was all about “making sure all these people move forward together”.