Kingsley crowned a business leader

Mr Kingsley Thornton, operational support director at Forrest (s)
Mr Kingsley Thornton, operational support director at Forrest (s)

A Burnley businessman has been crowned one of the UK’s top 10 new generation business leaders in a prestigious national award scheme.

Kingsley Thornton (33), an operational support director with contractor Forrest, won Business in the Community’s (BITC) Sieff Award for Future Leaders in the North-West.

Sponsored by Marks and Spencer, the Sieff Award recognises individuals who are driving sustainable practices and transforming the way people do business in years to come.

At Forrest Mr Thornton leads 40 staff across a range of business functions, including compliance, learning and development and IT and after-services.

He was commended by the judges for introducing best practice initiatives that support innovation and sustainable business growth, while maintaining a high level customer satisfaction and continued community investment.

Mr Lee McCarren, chief executive officer at Forrest, said: “Since joining Forrest four years ago, Kingsley has proved himself to be a top talent, delivering excellent results for the company, our clients and their customers.

“His rapid progression to operational support director at the age of 30 is evidence of his genuine ability, and it’s fantastic to see his hard work recognised with a Sieff Award. I truly believe Kingsley is set to become one of construction’s great leaders for the future.”

Kingsley’s award was announced as part of BITC’s Local Impact Awards for the North West, which honours the socially-responsible actions of businesses and individuals in the region.