Suited for Success began life in 2015 as ‘Project 14’, a CSR initiative brainstormed and launched by Gowling WLG and other professional services firms located in the West Midlands. Gowling WLG convened the programme with the help of David Richardson, regional MD of Lloyds Banking Group and Nick Venning, then marketing director at PwC, by writing to CEO’s and senior/managing partners of professional services firms in Birmingham and inviting them to nominate some of their junior/mid-ranking rising talent to take part.
Bringing people together and identifying a need
In a blog for Chamber Diversity Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility at Gowling WLG talks about how Suited for Success came to life, she says: "The goal was simple – bring together a small group of young professionals to form a volunteer consortium and identify a need for a disadvantaged community or group within the region. The members of Project 14 had to implement a scheme to meet that need and deliver a solution for it."