Jillian Thomas to become president of Sheffield Chamber
30 November 2015
Jillian Thomas is to become president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry on December 11.
Jillian, who is managing director of Future Life Wealth Management, will be only the second woman to take up the post in the Chamber’s 160 year history. She will officially take over from David Thurkettle at the Chamber’s annual general meeting.
Jillian said: “I am delighted to be taking over this role. It comes at an exciting time, with all this talk of the Northern Powerhouse and the focus on building the economy in the north.
“But I am very conscious of the fact that Sheffield could become overshadowed by Leeds and Manchester. So we need to make sure we have our very own Sheffield Powerhouse.
“We need to see successful businesses and professionals stay in the city and help its growth and the Chamber can be at the heart of that.”
Based at Renishaw, Future Life was set up by Jillian in 2010. In 2011 the company was the winner of The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Chamber Awards in the Most Promising New Business category and was named Outstanding Business of the Year at the Great South Yorkshire Business Awards 2013.
In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Future Life was listed in the New Model Adviser Top 100, which recognises financial planners for their qualifications, income and commitment.
A regular guest on BBC Radio Sheffield, Jillian has also appeared on BBC 5Live, BBC Breakfast, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Newsnight.
Jillian’s successful career follows difficult school days. She had undiagnosed dyslexia and had to take a year out of her studies due to glandular fever.
When she left school she worked as an admin assistant at Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance in Sheffield, before becoming a financial planner in Mansfield.
In 2004 her life changed forever when she was caught up in the Boxing Day Tsunami while on holiday in Thailand.
“It was the worst thing that happened to me, but also the best,” said Jillian. “It made me reassess my whole life and ultimately led to me setting up Future Life. The name is about my clients planning their future lives, but it is also about me planning my future life. I realised I could run my own business and I could be successful.”
Future Life Wealth Management offers a bespoke financial planning service to generators of wealth, typically business owners, executives and professionals, and also to receivers of wealth, such as inheritors, divorcees, widows and retirees.
Notes to editor
Attached photograph shows Jillian Thomas.
Jillian can be contacted on 01246 435 996 or at Jill@wealthmanagement.uk.com
For more information about Future Life go to www.wealthmanagement.uk.com
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