Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Standard Life Fellowship
Update April 2012
The programme has been a real roller coaster ride since the beginning and has been a period of great change in my life. Not only did I leave my role at Central London Connexions as Programme Manager after over seven years at the end of October 2011, but I also worked for an anti-trafficking charity, Odanadi in India for two months.
The 360 degree feedback and coaching was useful, helping to consolidate feedback I had received before and allowing me to address issues in an ideal testing ground of a different country, organisation, team and role. The intensive residential in Poole in January was a bonding experience with an amazing diverse, intelligent, challenging and supportive group of individuals.
These initial few months have been a voyage of self discovery and self reflection. I have received “tasters” with a number of coaches and plan to have coaching from April. I have also attended a Personal Power and Courage course. Not only have I learnt from meeting and visiting my inspiring fellow Fellows, especially in the areas of policy, research, social innovation and enterprise, but now have a valuable support network including the Clore team who challenge constructively and provide helpful feedback. The Action Learning sets have provided an invaluable learning experience and further cemented us as a group.
My sponsors, Standard Life have opened my mind to the field of corporate social responsibility and sustainability and the challenges they face when setting up trusts and allocating funding. I am currently exploring placement opportunities with them in the UK and, possibly, internationally.
Clore has opened doors to endless opportunities which I would not normally have access to. After the first quarter of the Fellowship, I am genuinely excited and looking forward to exploring and seizing the range of opportunities it brings, in order to help increase my contribution to the social sector.
Personal website/ blog: www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/mar/19/big-lottery-fund-working-collaboratively
Current principal role: Consultant
Current principal organisation: EPG Consulting
Other leadership role 1: Secretary -
Other organisation 1: Odanadi UK
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Connections at St Martin's in the Field
Research: How can the Big Lottery Fund and other funders work collaboratively with the private sector to increase their international impact?
Research topics: Corporate social responsibility; International; Private sector; Social enterprise;
Secondment host: Big Lottery Fund