Sheffield financial planners back the Sharks

29 September 2017

Future Life Wealth Management is backing the Sheffield Sharks with a sponsorship deal after bosses of the two struck up an unlikely friendship.

Future Life, which is based in Renishaw, will sponsor the basketball team’s shirts for the new season which starts tomorrow (Friday, September 29).

Jillian Thomas, managing director of Future Life, said she had become friends with DBL Sharks Sheffield head coach Atiba Lyons because, despite being in completely different fields, they had a lot in common. The pair met in 2015 when Atiba approached Jillian for business support when she was president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“As soon as we met we hit it off. I knew there was some connection,” said Jillian.

“I had the misfortune of being caught up in the Boxing Day Tsunami and Atiba witnessed 9/11, so we have both seen major world-changing events that also changed us.

“The Tsunami was a terrible tragedy, but it was also a turning point for me. It inspired me to consider my future life – and that is where the company and the name came from. And I know that 9/11 had a major impact on Atiba.”

Future Life Wealth Management was set up by Jillian in 2010 and has won numerous awards. The company 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.

This year the company will represent finance in the 2017 Parliamentary Review, an influential report which is sent to more than 250,000 leading business executives and policymakers.

Jillian is also immediate past president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, only the second woman to have held the post in the chamber’s 160 year history, and a regular expert guest on BBC 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield.

Atiba said: “I am delighted that her company is backing the Sharks for next season, when we hope to improve on our fourth place finish and get back to the top where we should be.

“Although Jill and I may seem a million miles apart, we realised there is lot in our past that is similar. As well as witnessing those major events, we both didn’t have it that easy as youngsters. Mine was growing up in Brooklyn, Jill’s was slightly less extreme; she had undiagnosed dyslexia and had to take a year out of her studies due to glandular fever. So we have both battled with adversity to get to where we are now.”

Jillian said: “The sponsorship is a mark of our friendship, but also because Sheffield really is a sporting city. Most people think of Wednesday and United, but there are so many diverse types of sport you can go and watch. As a city we need to celebrate sport even more and encourage more people to take part.”

The DBL Sharks new season starts tomorrow (Friday September 29), with a home game at the English Institute of Sport against the Surrey Scorchers at 7.30pm. Tickets for sharks games can be purchased through or by calling on 0114 2573180.


Notes to editor

Attached pictures shows Jillian Thomas and Atiba Lyons. They are both available for interview.

Jillian can be contacted on 01246 435 996 or at

For more information about Future Life go to

For more information about the DBL Sharks go to

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at

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