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Faith Reynolds

Faith Reynolds

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Update August 2010

Looking back to January, the time has passed very quickly. I have really valued the time we have had together as Fellows. It has been a fantastic mix of friendship and challenge, where our debates and discussions are underpinned by a sense of trust and respect for one another, which is conducive to real development. The recent, and rather excellent, residential at the Leadership Trust (in the beautiful countryside of Ross-on-Wye) is a great example of intense times spent together where friendships deepen quickly and simple tasks, such as designing a paper cup from a piece of A4, take on a wholly different importance.

Having resource for training has been really great. The opportunity to attend debates on the future of the sector, and conferences about influencing government has been invaluable. This autumn, I am looking forward to a week at the Said Business School on a course about negotiation and persuasion – something which would have previously been entirely out of my reach is now only eight weeks away! 

The Clore Social Leadership Programme isn’t a piece of cake. It’s about my development as a leader, and applying myself to this task has perhaps been one of the more challenging, less tangible things I have ever done. In this respect, coaching has been really important – getting to grips with some of the behaviours that stop me from fulfilling my potential.

I’ve also very much benefited from being based at the Institute for Government, who are supporting me as I undertake my research project. As ‘Big Society’ kicks off, it’s been a great place to be part of the debate. I’ve been particularly struck by the politics of language as terms like ‘third sector’ and ‘region’ appear to get banned in public communications from the State.  For me it raises wider questions: to what extent should we be playing ‘follow my leader’ and to what extent should we be leading? The relationship between state and society is a tricky one. How do we balance being radical and independent with being ‘heard’ and being able to communicate well?

Current principal role: Panel member
Current principal organisation: Financial Conduct Authority
Other leadership role 1: Chair of the EU Working Group
Other organisation 1: Financial Services Consumer Panel
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Hope Church Exmouth

Research: Big Society in Sutton Exploring the likely impact of Big Society on relationships between local authorities and not-for-profits (using Sutton as a case study)
Research topics: Charity; Citizenship; Community development; Finance; Fundraising; Policy; Public sector;
Secondment host: Institute for Government

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