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David Wood

David Wood

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Specialist Fellowship funded by NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement

Update March 2010

Having spent nearly 10 years as a Chief Executive in the voluntary sector, I decided that it was time that I spent some time investing in myself. The key elements for me were about taking time to understand myself, why I reacted as I did in certain environments and, in my mid 40s, making some positive changes that would support the rest of my career, and enable me to make an enduring difference to the world in which we live.

The Fellowship, funded by the NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement, seemed to provide the ideal opportunity to build positively on my current knowledge, skills and experience. Certainly, the Clore Social Leadership Programme has provided me with a link to the NHSIII, their Fellows, and resources which have been the most amazing opportunity. Early signs of working with the almost overwhelming challenge of taking £20bn out of the NHS, and seeing the care, and work that goes into that process at first hand is a real privilege.This is backed up by a framework that provides a genuine opportunity for personal reflection, and a sense of purpose over a two year journey which will undoubtedly change not only what I do, but who I am.

Current principal role: Chief Executive
Current principal organisation: Attend
Other leadership role 1: Chairman
Other organisation 1: Friends of Amarna House
Other leadership role 2: Chairman
Other organisation 2: Friends of 1 Towerbrige Road

Research: Forged in the fire of adversity? An exploration of what helped create women leaders in Leagues of Friends.
Research topics: Community development; Older people; Values;
Secondment host: Conservative Central Office

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