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Bhaggie Patel

Bhaggie Patel

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Update March 2011

The Fellowship continues to provide me with opportunities for growth – growth that comes from being intellectually and emotionally stimulated and nourished by my Fellow colleagues, and from engaging in a myriad of activities, programmes and conversations. 

At the beginning of this year, I commenced my secondment with the Department of Work and Pensions, within the Office for Disability Issues, looking at the personalization agenda. This has been a fantastic opportunity, to see how Ministers, civil servants and user-led organisations interface, particularly across government departments.

I recently concluded the NTL Organisational Development Certificate, which I can only describe as life enhancing!  I had the privilege to work with a hugely talented group of individuals from the private, voluntary and public sectors and two immensely skilled and experienced programme leaders Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge and Phil Mix.

The coaching and action learning sets have safeguarded a space for individual and group reflection, as well as curiosity, which I especially welcome in difficult and chaotic times.  

Having completed the Action Learning Facilitation training with Action Learning Associates, I am looking forward to putting my skills into practice and creating that space for others in the sector.

The November residential served to remind me of the power of creativity and the inspirational leaders we are surrounded by within the sector. I’m looking forward to the next phase of my Fellowship which will enable me to explore what contributes to the resilience of those inspirational leaders.

Other leadership role 1: Strategic IAG Board
Other organisation 1: Greater Manchester Police
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Bolton at Home

Research: The importance of resilience in leadership
Research topics: Leadership; Values;
Secondment host: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

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