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Bethia McNeil

Bethia McNeil

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012

NESTA Fellowship

How has this quarter been for you?
This quarter started and ended very differently, with my maternity leave coming to an end in September, and my starting on secondment with BBC Children in Need.

I’ve spent the past month on secondment, coming to terms with but enjoying the returning to work, and in a very new working environment. This has been very positive, as it has allowed me to step outside of my usual work identity, and think about developing a new one.

How has your leadership had an impact on those around you?
My leadership of my organisation’s work with young people, and its partnerships, meant that new opportunities continued to arise whilst I was away on maternity leave. Our profile remained high.

Are you a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
Others have noticed a growing confidence, and a quiet assurance, that was not present previously. I am also more likely to speak up in meetings.

What's been your main area of development?
I am learning about the benefits of quality over quantity – my working life prior to becoming a parent was characterized by long hours and volume, often over-delivering. I am no longer able to do that, but looking back, I can see that that approach didn’t always result in the greatest impact anyway.

What have other Fellows taught you?
I’ve learned about curiosity – taking the time to be curious about things and ideas around you, and offering up the same to spark others’ curiosity. It creates a very different dynamic in relationships too.

What impact has the Clore Social experience had on you?
Quite simply, it has changed my life, in work and out of work. I believe I will look back on these two years long into the future, and remember them as highly significant in the course of my life.


Twitter: @bethiamcneil

Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: The Centre for Youth Impact

Research: Not just new, but better realising the potential of innovation in services for young people
Research topics: Education; Policy; Young people;
Secondment host: The Prince's Trust
Secondment host 2: BBC Children in Need

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