Using Volunteering to Build Professional Skills

Ruth Janssen from Business Intelligence is the co-founder and leader of Informa’s Hand in Hand project which, for the last three years, has supported the charity Springboard for Children. They provide one-to-one teaching for children and young people who struggle with learning to read and write.

In August 2016, she also launched a second project team, working with World Cancer Research Fund, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to researching cancer prevention. The team identifies specific projects that the charity needs delivering including the development of their focus and assisting in fundraising activities.

Ruth commented: "Both partnerships have helped colleagues share their knowledge, further develop and learn new skills. And on a personal and professional level, they have allowed me to develop my managerial and influencing skills. I’ve coached colleagues and run projects and these new skills were recognised by my divisional CEO when I was promoted into my new role. It's helped me get to know some wonderfully dedicated colleagues who all share my values and desire to help the business give something back."