NSCD Principal and Artistic Director Janet Smith MBE, has been unveiled as one of '100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy'. Since taking on the role of Principal in 2012, Janet has led the school in its quest to attract and nurture the next generation of acclaimed dance artists who will go on to shape the future of dance.
The '100 Faces' project is an annual campaign by Grant Thornton, which seeks to highlight leaders who inspire by example and show how better business can be done. Each year the firm identifies and brings together 100 progressive leaders across private, public and third sectors that demonstrate excellence in fostering a culture of growth, innovation and social purpose for the organisations they lead.
Sacha Romanovitch, CEO at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:
"doing well by doing good makes business sense and [we] believe that leaders embracing this ethos deserve to be championed. That’s why we launched the Faces campaign – to celebrate individuals who exemplify the Vibrant Economy movement, which aims to shape an environment where people, organisations and communities thrive.
“By celebrating these remarkable leaders, we recognise their role in developing a more purposeful and innovative business environment. They show us how business can be done through ‘human’ leadership which nurtures talent. They provide examples to inspire other business leaders and the next generation to shape a Vibrant Economy.”
The Faces of a Vibrant Economy are selected from across the UK and represent diverse sectors and industries. Among them are business leaders, entrepreneurs, local government innovators and third sector trailblazers – recognised for their commitment to developing an economy that enables people, organisations and communities to flourish.
"Fear is normal; harness its energy and you will learn and get a little braver." - Janet Smith MBE
The 2018 Faces have become part of a wider community that is now 300-strong. The community connects leaders with similar mind-sets and missions, who may otherwise never meet. It gives an opportunity to share ideas and insights, as well as learn from each other.
Find out more about the campaign on the ‘Faces’ website here