Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update April 2012
Applying for the Fellowship almost a year ago triggered a journey of self-discovery and introspection. For me, the process of applying helped me reframe myself as a leader and to take this personal definition much more seriously. This has not only challenged my assumptions of leadership, but started a series of personal questions about what kind of leader I am and could be.
The 360° assessment in December was a turning point as this was the first time I had received this kind of feedback. I found it quite challenging initially to process all of the information and to face up to some of the realisations that come from it. I did however find it a very useful way to start the programme and find that the reports are a useful reference point. A key result from the feedback was that I decided to go full time on my Fellowship, rather than part time as I had originally planned.
The residential in Poole marked the start of the Fellowship and was a great opportunity to get to know the other Fellows. There is a great deal of diversity in the group, which consists of some Fellows from much larger organisations and working in areas very unfamiliar to me such as research and policy. The content of the week again helped reinforce the values of the programme ‘know yourself, be yourself and look after yourself’; these values are very much embedded in my mind and have been a useful frame upon which to plan my Fellowship. Knowing myself has become a key focus for me in the early stages of the Fellowship.
At this point I have identified a coach and submitted my Leadership Development Plan. My coaching is due to start in April and I am still looking for a mentor. I feel much more confident about who I am, and the direction I should be going in.
The focus of my Fellowship will be around social finance and the use of enterprise in the social sector. I am interested in making things happen on a large scale, but I have mostly worked in small (yet enterprising) organisations. I am keen to get a better understanding of how to scale up such organisations and how they can be financed to scale up.
Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: Caldecott Fostering
Other leadership role 1: CEO
Other organisation 1: Caldecott Fostering
Other leadership role 2: Vice Chair of Governors
Other organisation 2: Stone Soup Academy
Other leadership role 3: Trustee
Other organisation 3: Olmec
Research: Going mobile: Understanding how mobile technology can be harnessed for social impact
Research topics: Leadership; Social investment; Technology;
Secondment host: Charity Bank