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Jacqueline Williamson

Jacqueline Williamson

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011

The Paul Hamlyn Fellowship for an aspiring leader working in an organisation committed to securing social change for marginalised individuals and communities.

Update September 2011

I am 8 months into my Fellowship and I feel great.  My confidence has increased, my communication skills have improved I have become much more comfortable at just being myself.

My coaching sessions have finished although I continue to have weekly contact with my coach who keeps track of my progress and ensures that I maintain a good balance between work commitments and family life. 

I recently secured a mentor who works part-time as a Magistrate in the family and youth court, and who has extensive experience of overseeing Care Order and Residence Order applications.  I couldn’t have hoped for a more experienced and compassionate individual to mentor me in leading change in the social care sector in Northern Ireland.  We have yet to agree a programme of work, but I am looking forward to establishing contacts and understanding the concept of leadership from a statutory perspective.

I have met with the Community Foundation NI and will begin my secondment in January.  I will be working within the VOICES project where I will work with disadvantaged communities and small groups in relation to a number of social justice issues.  Initially I had imagined myself working within a government organisation, but since beginning my Fellowship I realise I am happiest working in the social sector.

The July residential proved a real eye opener for me, both personally and professionally.  I realised I needed to take time out of work to spend time with my family and to do things for myself.  With the support of my coach I have since put in place a schedule which allows me to meet work commitments and spend time with my family, while also giving me time to experiment with meditation.  I have since booked ‘Pause for Breath’ a five day residential in March to explore the concept of mindfulness so as to ensure I maintain a healthy home/work balance.

Keeping in touch with my fellow Fellows and hearing of their adventures has been fantastic.  Just recently I met with a Fellow from the Clore Leadership Programme, for the cultural sector who was just amazing in terms of her achievements.  I am hopeful that the support I have received and the friendships I have formed with other Fellows will last well into the future.  


Twitter: @JWilliamson1234

Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: Kinship Care NI

Research: We are family: Key messages for Kinship Care in Northern Ireland
Research topics: Care; Children and families; Health and well-being;
Secondment host: Zest Healing the Hurt

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