Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2015
Housing and Homelessness Fellow (Oak Foundation)
How has the start of your Fellowship been, Hayley?
I have a new way of approaching and thinking about myself and my role as a social leader. The biggest contributor to that has been the people who I have met on the Fellowship. I have spent a lot of time on planning the different elements; I am happiest when I am organised and have now decided upon a coach, mentor, training for the this year, have a few possible secondement host and research.
How has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with?
When it comes to managing people, I have tried to concentrate on doing little things well.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I have said yes to things I would usually shy away from - like chairing a panel at a national sex work conference, alongside speakers from the Association of Chief Police Officers, sex workers, campaigners and an academics.
Tell us about an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship.
There are lots of different ways to be an effective leader and you have to find your way of doing it that’s true to you. It’s a good thing that I still am involved in front line delivery that is a skill that I bring to the cohort.
Have you you learned or gained from your fellow Fellows?
Perspective. This is especially true of my Action Learning set, who I have got to know really well. Our first started with sharing our life journeys. I was absolutely dreading it. It’s the type of thing that I usually either shy away from or outright refuse to participate in. I’m so glad I gave it a go in the spirit of Clore and it has quickly become a element that love and I have gained so much learning and reflection from.
How would you sum up the Fellowship so far?
When I met all the other 2015 Fellows, I initially felt I stuck out like a sore thumb, not quite knowing the language to use, having nothing to bring to the conversation. That feeling started to melt as I hear of others’ similar fears. This hopefully illustrates the start of me growing in confidence and an acceptance of the validity of me even being on the programme. These thoughts are continuing as I get more stuck into it.
Current principal role: Head of Health and Social Care
Current principal organisation: The Men's Room
Other leadership role 1: Board Member
Other organisation 1: UK Network of Sex Work Projects
Research: What is the effect on male sex workers living with severe and multiple needs of engaging with front line support services when in crisis?