Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
The Pears Fellowship for an aspiring leader working in education, community development or welfare for the benefit of the Jewish community in the UK.
Update September 2011
I have decided to focus my research and placement on Social Franchising. Social Franchising is similar to commercial franchising except that it aims to generate social returns as opposed to, or in addition to, financial ones. I was attracted to this small but growing field because of the challenges I have experienced in growing a small organisation centrally. There is a growing body of research that suggests that Social Franchising is a way to increase social benefit without having to grow a top heavy central bureaucracy. I have begun my research by interviewing the Trussell Trust, a franchised food bank that currently has over 100 members in its network, and its franchisees. In the coming months I will be exploring the experiences, difficulties and opportunities of being a social franchisee. This research is being done in conjunction with Social Enterprise UK and all being well will be published next year.
My placement at Oxfam UK at the start of 2012 will give me the perfect opportunity to put some of the knowledge I will gain from my research into action. I have already spent some time at Oxfam to identify organisations in the UK that they support who may be ‘franchise ready’ and set up meetings. I will then use my placement to develop a business plan for one or two of those projects to help them replicate.
In recent months with a new baby it has been challenging to balance work and personal life while still making the most of Clore. I have found it most successful to take chunks of time out of my work life to focus on Clore and personal development. I recently spent an inspiring two weeks at Judge Business School Cambridge on the Ariane de Rothschild fellowship. I learnt a huge amount from the group of 25 social entrepreneurs of different nationality and faith, particularly around the opportunities to generate funds rather than raise them. I am still learning all the time and the research in particular is pushing me into unknown areas that I am finding challenging but enjoyable.
Current principal role: CEO and Founder
Current principal organisation: International Centre for Social Franchising
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: The Bike Project
Research: Social Franchising: Innovation and the power of old ideas
Research topics: Social franchising;
Secondment host: Oxfam