When The Lawyer met Nationwide’s general counsel Liz Kelly for a coffee last summer, she stressed the importance of helping high-performing staff become future leaders. It might sound like a cliché, but Kelly meant business. She set up an in-house legal academy at Nationwide with the aim of helping experienced lawyers decide if being general counsel is the career goal for them.
Fast forward a year and that goal just got clearer. Having been in the building society’s top legal job since 2007, Kelly this week announced she was leaving Nationwide to spend more time with her family. A replacement is yet to be named, but the energy Kelly has invested in her leadership academy will no doubt help the process along.
“In-house can struggle when it comes to internal promotions,” Kelly said last year. “I’m not saying we’re all perfect, but it’s important that we remain ahead of the game on [internal promotions] as well as on work flexibility, which is why I’m encouraging people to move around and go on secondments.”
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