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ICAEW's NFL programme prepares new and aspiring FDs for the responsibilities and expected performance of a high-performing FD. In this case study, Mark Cummings', Head of Regulatory Reporting at XL Insurance, gives his account on why he enrolled on NFL.

Mark Cummings

Head of Regulatory Reporting,  AXA XL Insurance

Did the programme meet your expectations?

It more than met my expectations. After the first session of being infected with our facilitator’s positive attitude, I was hooked.

What has been the greatest benefit for you to date?

What struck me the most is that it is as much about understanding yourself as it is about The mentor and peer group sessions. Being able to discuss complex issues in the work place in a confidential environment with a mentor with a vast amount of experience gives you insightful perspectives. It also gives you an edge to make better informed decisions about your career and challenges you to go further than your expectations.

Describe how the programme helped you solve or work through a challenge you faced at work.

It has helped me to return to my natural leadership style and find ways to get others to perform to the best of their ability. It lifted me out of my own comfort zone and challenged me to step forward and lead more.

How did it differ from other leadership programmes you have attended?

The continuity of a full year’s programme, being accountable to the peer group and knowing that I would be letting them down by not partaking, sets the NFL apart from any other programmes that I have been on.

Would you recommend DLiP™ to others?