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Eleanor Southwood

Eleanor Southwood

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012

RNIB Fellowship

Eleanor is Vice Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Group, where she has been a Trustee since 2010. Her particular interest is in improving employment opportunities and increasing involvement of blind and partially sighted people in society. Eleanor is also a Governor at a school for visually impaired young people with complex needs in North West London. In November 2013, Eleanor completed a Masters in Organisational Behaviour. She works with nonprofit organisations on board and team development, executive search and selection and organisational change projects.

Prior to undertaking her Fellowship, Eleanor spent four years as a consultant with a leading executive search and selection company, where she was successfully appointed to high profile, senior roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Eleanor graduated in Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 2003. Her early career was in public policy, particularly local government, procurement and cross-sector partnerships. In May 2014, Eleanor was elected as a Councilor in Brent and in May 2015 joined the Cabinet where her portfolio includes the Council's public realm, parking, transportation and parks services.

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Twitter: @elliesouthwood

Current principal role: Consultant
Current principal organisation: Nfp Consulting
Other leadership role 1: Vice-chair
Other organisation 1: RNIB
Other leadership role 2: Cllr and Cabinet Member, Environment
Other organisation 2: London Borough of Brent

Research: Experience of leaders in the social sector (Three Podcasts) Podcast 1 – What’s so different about leading in the not-for-profit sector? Podcast 2 – how to survive if you’re leading a not-for-profit Podcast 3 - Getting fit for the future
Research topics: Campaigning; Change management; Charity; Employment; Governance; Impact; Leadership; Values;
Secondment host: WaterAid

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