#214: Creating an Environment for Finance HEROs to Thrive with Eleanor Hampson

Eleanor Hampson

Our Guest Mentor:

A finance transformation professional Eleanor has worked at the British Council for a year, where she is Direct of Financial Transparency. Her remit involves finance and shared service centre transformation. Prior to this she worked at BT for 12 years and held a variety of finance and operational roles. Roles included Director Finance Transformation, Head of Regulatory Reporting and Cost Transformation 

Before this, she spent 6 years at Accenture as a management consultant, where in her spare time, she gained her ACMA qualification. Graduate of St. Leonards-Mayfield School and took her Masters of Engineering and Management at the University of Exeter. When not working Eleanor enjoys time with family, cooking and running. 

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

[Government employees’ salaries are tied according to pay rates which is not competitive with private sector] they need to compensate it in terms of flexibility, leave allowance and good working environment.[10:31] 

There will always be pressure for change. We have to accept it and live with it.[13:29] 

People always think that Psychology is often used to treat mental illness, conversely, it is also used to treat for mental wellness. [13:54] 

[Employee Check-in programs] create connection to each employee and works as an immediate troubleshooting device.”[19:10] 

(Other resources and how to connect with Eleanor below). 

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Key Points From the Episode:

-Working at the British Council as a hybrid type of organization  

-Creating a more balanced transformation program in the organization 

-Benefits of using HERO (Hope, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism) program at the workplace through: 

  • Increase employee awareness through trainings 
  • Strength finder modules  
  • Set-up mentoring groups especially the management teams being role models 
  • Doing check-in programs 

Systems thinking vs. single point of dependency (If your irreplaceable then you are not promotable) 

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[02:45Eleanor shares her career journey starting from being a university student to looking for her first job that had the biggest signing bonus and starting salary. She joined Accenture and worked at the technical, ERP, business consulting and got here ACMA qualification. Worked with BT as head of Cost Transformation and moved to many roles in finance then shifted to British Council as Director for Financial Transparency.    

[09:01Working at the British Council as a hybrid type of organization. Its leaning on the government and business side and knowing where it is going.  

[10:09Focus on transparency on the British Council and making it more commercially oriented and stronger moving forward.  

[12:37Creating a more balance transformation program in the organization that it should be embedded to the culture and learn to accept change and live with it.  

[15:02] Fostering mental wellness to employees working late at the office. 

[16:32Benefits of using HERO (Hope, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism) program at the workplace through: 

-Increase employee awareness through trainings 

-Strength finder modules  

-Set-up mentoring groups especially the management teams being role models 

-Doing check-in programs 

[19:10] – The best that you can get to employee check-in programs. 

[22:00] – If your irreplaceable then you are not promotable. Best advice Eleanor ever received.  

[23:02] – Systems thinking vs single point of dependency. Which is the best way to move your career further?  

[24:05] – Being visible enough to get sponsorship but also not to become the single point of dependency.  

[26:20] –   Resources Eleanor recommend to our audience to check. 

[29:31] –   Using the book StrengthsFinder, take the test and talk about the result in the team. 

[30:23] – Best way to connect to Eleanor  

[31:02] – Know the data that is coming in and how its affect the organization. Eleanor parting thoughts to our audience. 

Resources Mentioned: 

Books:  Kindle 

              StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath 



Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow 


Connect with today’s guest: 

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eleanor-hampson-4b15752/ 


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