Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update October 2012
This quarter began and ended in a flurry of excitement, with rather a long down spell in between! In July I had a revolutionary Action Learning experience (following which I have entirely re-thought my Fellowship), closely followed by the residential and all the fun and inspiration that comes from connecting with everyone again. Then the summer holidays meant that my work took a back seat for the best part of two months, but with school term starting in September, I now have more time than ever before to spend on Clore. At first this was terrifying – with all the excuses stripped away I found nothing but my own inadequacy standing between me and greatness, but now, a few weeks in and another Action Learning set complete, I feel much more positive and able to progress.
In a nutshell, my new plan is to use Clore to position myself to offer some sort of outdoor development opportunity to social sector professionals – organising events aimed at a cross section of people working in the same field, but for different organisations. The aim would be to create a challenging experience (such as a hike, a bike ride, a team challenge) that brings people together in an inspiring location, in hope that this would foster deeper connections and a space to think creatively together about the big issues they are facing. The exact format is evolving day by day, but that is the current description. I have discussed it with other Fellows, with my coach and with our research advisor and all so far have been encouraging; next steps will be potential customers and funders.
In the past I have had ideas along these lines, and felt stumped about how I could begin to make them a reality. The support I have had from other Fellows, coupled with the opportunity and practical support that the Clore Fellowship offers have given me such an enormous boost this time; I can’t describe the difference it makes. It really feels that anything is possible now.
Personal website/ blog: www.gingerlegend.com
Current principal role: Development Manager
Current principal organisation: Royal Forestry Society
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Births Association)
Other leadership role 2: Governor
Other organisation 2: Ashton Keynes Primary School
Research: Leading Across the Sectors: The new career pathways for social change
Research topics: Change management; Charity; Employment; Leadership;
Secondment host: The Leadership Trust