Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update April 2012
I now feel that I am established on my ‘Clore journey’ – albeit at the very beginning! The latter part of 2011 was an exciting but daunting time, working out what the landscape looked like, and all the potential routes I could take. Meeting my fellow Fellows was a great experience too, understanding all the aspirations and perspectives being brought into the programme. There are several others working in the youth sector, as I am, and I am looking forward to learning more about their work, and their research projects.
The 360 degree review process was a pivotal one for me, shedding light on some aspects of my character and working practices which had become quite embedded in my unconscious, and had not really been examined before. Understanding their impact on others around me was sobering, but also liberating – a chance to change. Although I felt slight unbalanced by the scrutiny, it was in a context of feeling utterly supported by the Clore Programme, and all that it offers.
Sadly, I missed the residential in January due to ill health. As a result, I have felt slightly disconnected since, and on the back foot in terms of building relationships with my peers. I have spent the last two months meeting with Fellows to talk through their experience of the residential, and reflecting on what I would like from coaching, mentoring and training.
I have made some firm decisions about training, and I’m keen to kick start my process of learning and development. I hope to begin coaching fairly soon. My research project is becoming clearer, although I’m keen to root it in my work, so I need to align it carefully. My secondment is less clear – an amazing opportunity, and it feels impossible to narrow it down at the moment! I’ve had some initial conversations and am hoping that the way becomes clearer over the next month or so.
As a result of my first training day, on power and courage, I am crystal clear about what I want to achieve from the Fellowship in terms of my leadership role. It was a relief to feel clearer, as it will help me to navigate through the opportunities available to me through the programme.
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