Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
The RNIB Fellowship for a registered blind or partially sighted individual.
Update April 2012
I started my secondment with Guide Dogs on 3 January 2012 and the months have flown by. I finish in early April, having worked with the Director of People Services and Resources, the Diversity manager and Resource Team to create a practical action plan for increasing Workforce Diversity. Having, myself, been a user of Guide Dogs’ services for the last 27 years, it has been an extremely insightful experience to work within the organisation, gaining an understanding of how their values are translated in to practice. I reported my preliminary findings to the Executive Board on 9 February and will present the final document to the CEO, Richard Leaman in April.
Meanwhile, I completed the Common Purpose Navigator course in February. The course was run over four months and incorporated learning forums, first-hand insights in to leadership styles and journeys from leaders from all sectors and opportunities to visit organisations and work together as a group to solve complex organisational problems. The course, for emerging leaders, examines authentic leadership in the contexts of power, courage and resonance and focuses upon leading beyond authority. Through this, I gained a good deal of confidence and have a better understanding of my own leadership strengths as a result.
Through coaching and Action Learning, I have begun to consider my future plans post –Fellowship, reviewing the changes in my personal circumstances and the skills and insights I have gained over the last fifteen months. Having worked from home throughout my secondment, I know, for example, that I would prefer to work back in an environment with others around me.
I have also enjoyed getting to know the 2012 Clore Fellows better too. A social event on 21 March brought Fellows from each cohort together for a meal and some lively conversation. On the next day, we had an opportunity to consolidate the Fellowship bond as many Fellows attended the second Social Leadership Enquiry at Nesta. As I have been reflecting, recently, on what leadership means to me personally both now and in the future, it was interesting to begin to put this into the context of leadership in the social sector.
The next few months will find me concentrating on my research and further, targeted training in preparation for future full-time employment.
Current principal role: Operations Manager of Disability Service
Current principal organisation: University of the Arts London
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: UCanDoIT
Other leadership role 2: Member
Other organisation 2: Disabled People's Involvement Forum ACAS
Research: Opening Doors; exploring best practice in encouraging independence and resilience in young disabled adults in mainstream schools
Research topics: Children and families; Education; Equality; Health and well-being; Young people;
Secondment host: Guide Dogs for the Blind