Lifelong leadership learning in Cumbria


Rhianna Smith

Project Co-ordinator

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Cheshire, Rhianna has lived in Cumbria since 2016. After gaining a degree in Modern History & Politics from the University of Liverpool, she relocated to Cumbria and started working in the hospitality industry, and has a background working in events management.

Rhianna joined the CforLP team in June 2021 to support and drive the post-16 projects, including the Cumbria Future Leaders and Dream Placement programmes.

“Since living in Cumbria I have worked with CforLP through my various roles at other organisations, and have seen first-hand the many different projects they offer and the value they bring to Cumbria. I’m really excited to be part of such a fantastic and dynamic team”.

Rhianna volunteers on the Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) Shadow Board, a group of young professionals dedicated to giving young people in Cumbria a voice. She is passionate about the opportunities available for students and young professionals in Cumbria, and hopes to tie in this work with her work at CforLP.

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Rhianna’s Leadership Top Tip

“Being a leader is not defined by your job title, but by your approach. Leadership is all about empowering your team to be the best they can be, which ultimately helps to achieve the best outcome for the organisation”.

Lifelong Leadership Learning in Cumbria