Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010
Update March 2011
The last six months have been busy, full of learning and meeting new people!
September kicked off with an excellent course at the Said Business School on negotiation. The course and academic directors mixed intellectually challenging days with very entertaining evenings! There were 39 of us and I really enjoyed the fact that the group was so diverse – I was one of only 2 people from the UK and most evenings people were talking in multiple languages! The course speakers were excellent and I particularly enjoyed Gary Orren from Harvard University speaking on persuasion. The course covered the basics of negotiation all the way through to multi-party, multi-issue, cross-culture negotiations and involved lots of opportunities for practising negotiating too. Pre-reading and a survey on my own cultural approach to life and decision making in advance of the course also brought to life some of the cross-cultural discussions later in the week. Accommodation at the Malmaison in Oxford was also a treat, as were the dinners in various Oxford colleges!
October and November saw me narrow my research work and start a project in Sutton with the local authority and voluntary sector on Big Society. With continued support from the Institute for Government I designed an online survey for voluntary organisations in Sutton which took place during December and January. We very recently fed back the results at a collaborative event in Sutton which involved organising the facilitation of around 8 groups. Help from Neil Mapes – another 2010 Clore Social Fellow – was a lifeline! The event had very good attendance and seemed to go well, although feedback shows that it is always easier to define the problem than specify actions to remedy it! I am now looking forward to writing up the event summary and the final report.
In January I took up a position on the Financial Services Consumer Panel which has introduced a new workstream. Fantastic coaching from Bev Morton continues to help me deal with the life balance challenge and I am looking forward to a break over Easter (when it finally arrives!).
Over the next few months I look forward to organising my work placement and getting out of my comfort zone again!
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