Baker Tilly hosts royal visit in Liverpool
Accountancy firm Baker Tilly welcomed HRH The Earl of Wessex to its offices in Liverpool today as it celebrated becoming the first ever Headline Diamond Partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
The event at Baker Tilly’s office in Chapel Street, Liverpool, was hosted by Jill Jones, Baker Tilly’s North West Regional Managing Partner and attended by key figures from the North West business community. Other local dignitaries attending the lunch included: Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside and Councillor Erica Kemp CBE, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
Baker Tilly started supporting The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2006, and with the DofE approaching its Diamond Anniversary in 2016, Baker Tilly has been chosen to become the DofE’s first Headline Diamond Partner for Local Impact.
Baker Tilly’s Chief Operating Officer, David Gwilliam, was presented with a certificate to recognise Baker Tilly’s new level of support (Headline Diamond Partner) by HRH The Earl of Wessex.
The event also included a talk from a young prisoner from HM Prison Kennet, in Maghull in Merseyside who spoke about the benefits of taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the establishment, and how the programme had brought about positive changes in his life. Since achieving his Bronze Award, he has secured a full time paid position which he credits to his DofE Award, saying: ‘Doing the DofE made me realise that I can achieve things. I learned to work as part of a team and it built my confidence.’
David Gwilliam, Baker Tilly’s Chief Operating Officer said: ‘We are delighted that our ongoing support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been recognised. The work they carry out across the social spectrum continues to make a real difference to the future prospects of so many young people, and we are committed to continue supporting the work they do in the future.’
Jill Jones, Baker Tilly’s North West Regional Managing Partner said: ‘Baker Tilly has a strong and long standing relationship with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, we are extremely proud to become the first ever Headline Diamond Partner and provide continued support to a charity that has changed the lives of so many young individuals.
‘It was truly inspiring to see first-hand the effect that the programme can have on young people and we are delighted to host this event today to mark the next chapter of our partnership.’
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive Officer, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: ‘The DofE’s partnership with Baker Tilly is a very special one. Baker Tilly has been a long-standing supporter for over nine years, helping us to extend the reach of the DofE to more and more young people. We share an ambition to enable any young person the opportunity to do their DofE in the UK, regardless of any barriers, and believe wholeheartedly that the DofE plays an important role in equipping tomorrow’s workforce with the skills and attributes they need for success. We couldn’t be more grateful to Baker Tilly for its continuing support and are proud to announce the company as our first Headline Diamond Partner.’
Faye Genn, Baker Tilly National PR Executive, 020 3201 8692
Fiona Bean, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, External Communications Officer,
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