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Emily Lomax

Emily Lomax

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Update Spring 2013

How have your first 3 months as Clore Social Fellow been?

I’ve felt overjoyed, amazed and quite daunted. I got so much learning from the January residential and  left feeling more confident, inspired, excited about the future . I’ve tried hard to bring my learning back to VSO. And I’ve joined twitter and now have 111 followers!

What kind of challenges have you faced so far?

Choice! Having a blank sheet of paper and a budget to spend on myself is a real privilege and opportunity – but it is also quite daunting and overwhelming. Finding a way to focus and prioritize has not been easy.

What impact has your leadership been having?

We are in the midst of a cost saving restructure exercise (I need to save over £300,000). I am now managing this with staff engagement always in mind – and keep reflected back to a mind map on this that we worked on at January’s residential. As a result I am hopeful that the individuals affected will retain their dignity and feel supported as individuals through a very difficult time.

In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?

I’m less focused on internal details and trying to think more strategically and externally. I hope this has made VSOs work more interesting and more sustainable.

Can you share an important lesson you’ve learnt?

From Martin Edwards I’ve learnt a lot about staff engagement strategies; and from Cliff Prior that I can and should be the entrepreneur of my own life

How about something you’ve learnt from another Fellows?

So many!  Mediation skills from Michele  Lee – especially an insight into my own conflict style. Inspiration on setting up something new and exciting from Jack ‘Year Here’ Graham. A peak into the issues and challenges of homelessness from Jude Cross and Rachael Smith. And calm support and yoga from La Toyah McAllister-Jones!

Twitter: @emilylomax2

Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: VSO

Research: Understanding Loneliness: the future for befriending
Research topics: Health and well-being;
Secondment host: NSPCC

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