Kingswood's Group Sales Executive, Ashleigh Porter-Exley, has been recognised as one of 60 exceptional young leaders across the Commonwealth. Ashleigh is one of three in the UK to be awarded with The Queen’s Young Leaders award for achievements she has made in transforming the lives of others. The award, will be presented by Her Majesty The Queen in June.
Having come from a working class background in South Yorkshire and seeing her family struggle as she was growing up, Ashleigh was determined to go out to work and gained her first part-time job at the age of 13, working at an indoor market.
At 16, she decided that pursuing an academic route of education was not right for her, and instead took up an apprenticeship in accountancy. A year later she was chosen to appear on the BBC Young Apprentice programme having been selected out of 38,000 applicants, Ashleigh went on to seal the bid of approval from Lord Sugar based on her "Sheer and utter graft".
As well as working as part of the Kingswood Groups team, Ashleigh is now the ambassador of several youth Organisations including The National enterprise challenge, NCS , IKIC and 3aaa all schemes which promote enterprise and employability skills in young people across the UK. She also raises awareness of the benefits of Apprenticeships at both a local and national level. Through her roles she has worked with over 30,000 young people to encourage them there is no substitute to hard work.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to Ashleigh, we are very proud of everything you have achieved.