Lucy Finney

Background

I started my career in the army and during my 16 years here I got the chance to do some pretty amazing things including training junior officers, getting my Masters in Design of Information Systems, and helping the MoD to modernise their L&D strategy which led to me being awarded an MBE. Despite thoroughly enjoying my time in the army, I later decided to put my skills to use as a freelance L&D consultant and soon after that was offered a role with Thales UK. Whilst working with Thales UK I had the opportunity to undertake a range of roles, some of which were very technical, others of which were more centred on people development. Fortunately thanks to the huge range of training and experienced I’d accumulated in the military and as an independent consultant, this diversity of roles didn’t faze me, and I actually really enjoyed the variety.

Current role

I joined TLD as an L&D consultant in 2015 and am really excited about being able to use my skills and experience to help organisations achieve more and take real steps to develop their people. My role is considerably diverse and what I do varies from day to day. But the main focus of my role is to offer a highly bespoke consultancy service to organisations that require support in maximising their effectiveness. This can take many forms but what I specialise in is offering high level strategic support, which means helping with organisational design, and helping to implement this through highly bespoke change management programmes. Due to the need for really specific programme development, I often have to spend considerable time doing preparation and scope work with customers to ensure I (and they) fully understand what it is they are trying to achieve, why they want to achieve this, and how to make it happen. It’s such a diverse role, and it has meant I’ve bee able to work with man high profile customers, helping them to achieve their best, which is what I love doing.

What I like about working at TLD

“It’s a very professional team and it provides a great environment for learning, both in terms of the facilities here, but more importantly because of the people. Everyone gives it their best and are very enthusiastic about making learning effective, whether that means delivering here at TLD or taking their skills and expertise elsewhere”

Interests

My main passion in life is travel and taking the time to meet different cultures and try new things. I recently completed a two year travel adventure where I decide to complete 50 different activities in a whole range of countries, this ranged from snake charming in Morocco to driving the Nashville music route in the US.