Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update April 2012
I'm entering the home straight for the Fellowship … the formal part at least.
I’ve spent the first quarter of this year deepening my knowledge and understanding of business and economics and how we can develop new ways of working for a sustainable future. This has seen me undertake a great course at Schumacher College, start my challenging secondment with Deloitte by day and continue learning with an economics course by night. Reflecting on this period I have no doubt that a new direction and a more ethical economy will be born out of us reconnecting to the values that lie at the heart of our sector. We have foundations that are built in the co-operative movement and a future that's being driven by a new generation of social entrepreneurs. We can therefore be confident in our ability to have a significant impact on all things financial!
I am also continuing to progress my research which is investigating how schools can develop as centres of democracy and enable their communities to have a greater stake in their development. Seeing this element of the Fellowship as a leadership opportunity I’ve brought together a research team of six people with a broad range of skills and interests and we’re spending the next three months conducting our primary research in co-operative, community comprehensive and academy schools across the country.
With these diverse experiences I’m continuing to develop a clearer understanding of my vision for the sector and how it can influence the market, state and shape our society for the long term. The belief that Clore has a significant role to play here has also seen me invest time in supporting the strength of our relationships across the three years of the programme and work with others to think more proactively about how we can sustain a leadership cluster that has the potential to effect long term, strategic change within the social sector and beyond. Watch this space!
Current principal role: Business Manager, ICT and Skills
Current principal organisation: Pearson UK
Research: Citizen Schools; Learning to Rebuild democracy
Research topics: Campaigning; Children and families; Citizenship; Community development; Education; Governance; Leadership; Policy; Public sector; Values; Young people;
Secondment host: Deloitte