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Ronel Lehmann

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Finito Education

London, UK

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Ronel Lehmann’s Biography

Ronel Lehmann is a Commentator and Employability Expert, Founder and CEO of Finito. With a passion for helping others, he leads the way in showing young people that opportunities exist to begin a meaningful career, despite the adversity of the pandemic.

Ronel launched Finito as a unique coaching and mentoring business in 2016. He is focused on supporting first-time job hunters making the transition from education to employment, especially during uncertain times when securing that first position is going to be more competitive than ever.

Prior to launching Finito, Ronel had a distinguished career in the City. His wide range of roles included serving as a recruitment consultant, stockbroker and public relations adviser with the IPS Group, Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers, McAvoy Wreford Bayley and Citigate Dewe Rogerson, before setting up his eponymously named marketing agency, which he ran for 26 years. During this time, Ronel was widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading communications experts. He became well known for his crisis work for clients, and in 2014, was invited as a Witness to the Treasury Select Committee to give evidence on SME bank lending, a cause which he has championed vociferously.

Ronel frequently appears in the news and often provides succinct commentary to a variety of newspapers, online publications and broadcast media. During lockdown, he launched Finito World magazine and The Employability News Channel, with great aplomb.

Ronel currently serves as Governor of the City of London School, Honorary Trustee of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and chairs The Griffin Institute and University of Buckingham capital appeals.

He is also a Freeman of the City of London, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Founding Fellow of Conservative Friends of Education and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ronel Lehmann’s Newsfeed

Luxury Briefing
Ronel Lehmann: ‘the youth of today are amazingly adept at grabbing an opportunity’

In an interview with Luxury Briefing, Ronel Lehmann, Founder & CEO of Finito explains why “the youth of today are amazingly adept at grabbing an opportunity.”

The Jewish Chronicle
'Tis the season to give job seekers a break

Ronel Lehmann, Founder & CEO of Finito, says “I am campaigning for those who have kept their jobs during the pandemic to help one other person find work.”

Ronel Lehmann’s Background

Finito Education
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
2016 - Present
London, UK
Finito, known as 'The Employability Specialists', helps first-time job seekers transition from education to employment by equipping them with relevant skills to take on the world of business successfully and confidently.
Lehmann Communications PLC
Chief Executive
Dec 1988 - Nov 2014
London, UK
Founded by Ronel in London in 1988, Lehmann Communications PLC specialised in marketing communication services. Ronel established himself as a leader in the industry and was widely recognised as one of the top crisis communication experts.
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Other Business Interests

Conservative Friends of Education
Founding Fellow
Conservative Friends of Education is an association of UK Conservative Party members and supporters, who believe in education as a tool to unleash the nation’s potential. Members either work in education or are professionals in other fields with a keen interest in the UK’s education system.

Previous Board Positions

giveonthemobile
Chairman
London, UK
The platform, giveonthemobile, was a mobile app that allowed users to donate money to charity and also gave users the opportunity to raise funds through it.
UK Israel Business
Board Member
London, UK
UK Israel Business aims to ensure a strong relationship between the two countries that encourages trade, investment and growth.

Media

LBC Radio | Finito
Interviewee
Oct 2020
London, UK
Speaking to LBC Radio's business hour with Iain Dale, Ronel talks about young people and supporting them in developing a career and expanding their entrepreneurial thinking.
Sunrise Radio | Finito
Interviewee
Aug 2020
London, UK
In an interview with Sunrise Radio, Ronel Lehmann, Founder of Finito, discusses how to stand out from the crowd, coping with rejection, as well as looking for work in a pandemic.
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Publications

Finito World
Publisher
2020
London, UK
Finito World is released by Ronel and his team at Finito. The publication was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020 and aims to show young professionals how to succeed through the lens of industry leaders.
The JC
Author
Dec 2020
London, UK
In the article titled, 'Tis the season to give job seekers a break', Ronel talks about employment following the pandemic. He says: "I am campaigning for those who have kept their jobs during the pandemic to help one other person find work".
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Memberships

Chartered Institute of Public Relations | CIPR
Member
London, UK
Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) was founded in 1948 and has over 10,000 members that are professionals from all aspects of public relations. The body aims to raise standards and maintain best practices in the industry across the UK.

Awards & Endorsements

The Spear's 500
Top Recommended 2020, Education & Private Universities
2020
London, UK
Ronel and Finito are featured as 'Top Recommended 2020' in the Education & Private Universities section of The Spear's 500 guide from 2020.
Freedom of the City of London
Awardee
London, UK
Ronel was recognised with The Freedom of the City of London, an award that honors successful individuals in their field. The Freemen are presented with a certificate by Clerk to the Chamberlain during a ceremony held at Guildhall.

Speaking Engagements

KBC | How to become Employable
Keynote Speaker
Sep 2020
London, UK
Ronel and Sophia Petrides appear on King's Business Club’s live webinar to discuss what it means to become more employable as they share their knowledge and tips. They also reveal elements of their own journey and what contributed to their success.

Charitable Interests

The Griffin Institute
Chairman of the Capital Appeal
Harrow, UK
Located at Northwick Park, The Griffin Institute is a leading charitable research institute. The not-for-profit institute uses innovative solutions to improve and maximise patient benefits with an aim to be the leading translational biomedical research and training organisation.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Honorary Trustee
London, UK
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice helps children, babies and young people facing life-threatening illnesses and provides their families with support. Ronel has helped the hospice raise £10 million for their new state-of-the-art building.
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Community Engagement

Rambert
Campaign Committee
London, UK
Rambert is a leading British dance company that was established at the start of the 20th century. Recently the company launched a cutting edge digital platform as a well-being online venue for dance patrons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ronel was pivotal in helping the Rambert's Campaign Committee raise £19.6 million for Britain’s National Dance Company.
Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
Fellow
London, UK
The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action. They believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.
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Press Releases

City A.M.
Sorrell lends support to new employability campaign
Nov 2020
London, UK
FE News
Halfon to launch LegUp Campaign: A good mentor can be instrumental in unlocking a young person’s potential
Oct 2020
London, UK
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Ronel Lehmann’s Education

University of Buckingham
Bachelor of Science in Business Studies
1983 - 1985

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