The boss of a leading Tees financial firm has become one of only 18 leaders in the North East to achieve the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Chartered Director qualification.
Karl Pemberton, managing director of Stockton-based Active Chartered Financial Planners, was awarded the prestigious status, held by only 1,400 people in the UK, following two years of intensive training with the IoD.
The qualification requires managers to complete a certificate and diploma before working towards becoming chartered, and they must continue to demonstrate their learning in order to maintain the status in the future.
To attain the qualification, Pemberton was required to develop his skills as a director through course learning, examinations and demonstrating how he applied these new skills in his own business through an ‘Apprentice style’ interview.
This included his leadership of, and investment in, employees within the company, as well as strategic development of the business.
Pemberton, who celebrated his 40th birthday this week, said: “When I became managing director, the leadership team committed to help the whole team develop and upskill, and it was important for me that we as directors lead by example.
“Some of the directors chose to develop further within Financial Planning, however I chose to go down a more business-focused route.
“The Chartered Director qualification has given me valuable knowledge, and support in understanding and implementing roles and responsibilities at a senior level within the company.
“It also allowed me to reassess the company strategy as we continue to grow year on year.”