Future Life Wealth Management’s MD talks exclusively to BCC’s new director general

Jillian Thomas of FLWM

Yorkshire financial planner Jillian Thomas has secured an exclusive interview with the new director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). 

Shevaun Haviland has joined the BCC from the Cabinet Office where she ran the Business Partnerships team for five years following an extensive private sector career. 

In a wide-ranging videoed discussion, Jillian asked Shevaun what she currently believes are the main threats to the UK economy, what the government should be doing to ensure growth and what needs to happen to ‘level up’ the North. 

Jillian said: “The success of the BCC is absolutely imperative for the wellbeing of the British economy.  

“During our conversation, Shevaun outlined how our SMEs are the powerhouses that underpin our national economy and how she’s currently calling on the government to build a contingency plan that covers business support once the furlough scheme concludes. 

“And it’s also quite clear that she has every intention of championing exporting as well as levelling up the UK North-South divide. 

“In short, under Shevaun’s leadership, I’m in no doubt that the BCC will continue promoting the British economy in precisely the right way to ensure our collective success.” 

Jillian is a past president of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce – one of only two women to hold the position since it was established in 1857 – as well as being a patron of the East Midlands Chamber.  

BCC director general Shevaun Haviland said: “The Chamber Network has been at the forefront of helping businesses navigate the pandemic and building our new trading relationships with the world.  

“Our businesses will be central to driving recovery and renewal in their communities across the UK.  

“I am thrilled to be championing the needs of our members – at home and around the world – helping them to drive change and seize opportunities to thrive and grow.” 

Renishaw-based 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. 

Since setting up the company in 2009, Jillian has won numerous awards including the Forward Ladies Inspirational Leader Award 2016, the Derbyshire Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 and the Corporate Social Responsibility category in the East Midlands Institute of Directors awards 2018. 

Future Life Wealth Management has been listed in the New Model Advisor Top 100 every year since 2013. The listing celebrates the best of the professional financial planning community in the UK based on their qualifications, income and commitment. 

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