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Bally Sappal

Bally Sappal

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012

Standard Life Fellowship

Update Spring 2013

How has this period of your Fellowship been?

This period has been very intense with the completion of my Clore report, “How funders such as the Big Lottery Fund can collaborate with the private sector to increase their international impact.”  The report was launched at a cross sector collaborative event by the Big Lottery Fund and The Guardian in March and attended by over 70 participants.  I have also written a Guardian blog on Five Ways funders can foster cross sector collaboration and there will be a write-up in the Guardian Society on 27th March 2013.  In addition, I have completed a number of reports for the Big Lottery Fund for their international programme as part of consultancy work for them.  I have also been actively involved with Connections at St Martins in the Field and Odanadi UK where I am on the board.

What has been your greatest challenge?  

The greatest challenge I overcame this last quarter has been negotiating with large national organisations to ensure what was agreed was carried out and upheld.  I have learnt how to gain buy-in and hold organisations to task, as well as adapting and finding new solutions when things change.

How else has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with?

At the launch of my report: “How can funders, the private and voluntary sector work together to tackle social need” which was a cross sector collaborative event with the Big Lottery Fund and The Guardian a number of organisations have met and have started to collaborate. These include charities with The Guardian to raise awareness of human trafficking and charities meeting with the private sector to explore cross sector collaborations to hopefully empower disadvantaged communities.

In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?

I think my confidence after my report and event has improved as well as my working structures.

What have you learnt so far during the Fellowship programme?

Buy-in is very important and fostering relationships as you never know when people and organisations may be useful in the future.  Use your contacts wisely and never give up as you never know what might happen.

 What opportunites/support/skills/inspiration/lessons have you received from other Fellows?

I am currently working with another fellow to explore social enterprises in India in education and training.

 How would you describe the CSLP experience so far?

The CSLP team are very supportive.  Even when things don’t go according to plan -as they often do not in real life- they work with you to help you find real and workable solutions for you, Clore and the 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

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