New Vice-Chair of Future pro-manchester appointed

17th September 2021, 5:19 pm

We are delighted to announce Claudia Stephen, Business Development Coordinator at Squire Patton Boggs LLP has been appointed as the Vice-Chair for the Future pro-manchester committee for 2021/2022.

We are also delighted to announce that Laura Guillon, Senior Associate at Hall Brown Family Law, will extend her role as Chair of the Future pro-manchester committee for an additional year.

Laura and Claudia will continue in their quest to promote and develop young talent within Greater Manchester’s business and professional sector.

They will work together on The Made in Manchester Awards, which is back in person and bigger than ever on 3rd February 2022, plus a range of business focused activities designed to help young professionals develop new skills, build relationships and network with like-minded people.

Claudia is a business development specialist, responsible for the delivery of marketing strategy and growth at global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs. Claudia’s role typically involves; market research and anticipating how clients may be affected by macro trends, campaign planning and execution, managing intermediary relationships, and event management. Claudia is also a member of the Squire Patton Boggs Charity Committee, and the Grow Your Network Committee.

Commenting on her appointment Claudia said:

“I am delighted to be nominated as vice chairman for Future Pro-Manchester. I joined the committee intending to add value for colleagues and the future pro network. My role as vice chair enables me to make a meaningful contribution in delivering an invaluable programme of development resources for young professionals across Manchester. I really enjoy working in a great city that offers so much to its people and look forward to being able to continue the great work of pro-manchester for the city’s professionals.”

Laura specialises in divorce and financial remedies following separation. Laura gives concise, straightforward advice and seeks to ‘cut through the detail’ to help her clients navigate whatever situation they may face. At the same time, she recognises the emotional impact separation has on the individuals involved and keeps a firm focus on the whole family dynamic, in particular the importance of parents maintaining a healthy working relationship following separation.

Laura is a regular contributor to legal and non-legal publications having featured in the The Daily Mail and Radio Four Woman’s Hour.

Commenting on commencing a second term as Chair, Laura said:

“I am delighted to be Chairing the Future pro committee for a second term. Following the pandemic, this year’s themes will focus on resurgence, re-set and return. Helping young professionals to focus on their career development, new skills, and progression. I am also particularly excited for MIMA 2022 and getting back to in person events.”

The committee will support the charity Forever Manchester over the forthcoming year, the only charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester.

Last year’s nominated charity Spoons Neonatal Family Support said: “Spoons are incredibly grateful for the support received from Future pro-manchester throughout 2020/21. The pandemic brought huge challenges to the charity sector, but we saw a huge increase in the number of families that needed to access our services. The financial support we received through donations from Future pro-manchester made a real difference to Spoons and the services we have been able to offer to families who experience neonatal care in Greater Manchester.”

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