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 December 2012
My two years as a Clore Fellow have come to an end, but as Dame Mary says “you are always a Clore Social Fellow”. From the connections that I’ve made this year with other Fellows and friends of the Clore programme this statement rings true; just recently, I have travelled up to Wales to speak at an event on Social Enterprise led by a Clore Social Fellow in my cohort and am developing a project with one of the 2012 cohort.
The launch of my research went better than I could have hoped for. CSLP supported it by providing assistance from their communications consultant, who managed to get it into every single publication that covers that social sector of note. Afterwards I was inundated with people contacting me for help, advice and to find out more.
My new organisation, the International Centre for Social Franchising is now working with a range of social sector projects to help them replicate – putting all that I have learnt on the Clore programme into practice. For example Street League, a fantastic programme that uses football to get young people into work, and FoodCycle who use donated food to create delicious meals that bring the community together. Big Lottery Fund have just commissioned some research to look at the potential of social franchising to catalyse the social sector in the UK, so watch out for that in April 2013.
For me, CSLP was exactly the right programme at the right time. It has enabled me to develop contacts, confidence and specific expertise to find and exploit a gap in the sector that will in time dramatically increase social impact across the board. I am so grateful to have been chosen for the Programme (still can’t quite believe my luck even after two years!) and thank everyone from the Pears Foundation to Mary, Siobhan and the Clore team and all the people who have been a support throughout.
I have always appreciated Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” CSLP is putting this into action, creating that group, and I for one am keen to see what the future holds.
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