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Jean Demars

Jean Demars

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2015

Paul Hamlyn Social Justice (Migrants) Fellowship

How have the first few months of your Fellowship been, Jean?

It’s been great to meet other Fellows meaningfully, spread over time and in different circumstances. Understanding what drives others has inspired me to think more widely about what I am trying to achieve. Whilst I don't think I always articulate this clearly, I strongly believe that there is an element of personal discovery essential to the Fellowship. As Eve Poole said at our January residential, I was going to become a craftsman in the art of making tools for my own learning. Identifying learning pathways is key to making the Fellowship a success and I need to spend a good amount of time on this.

What has been your greatest challenge so far?

My greatest challenge has been to dedicate more time to myself in order to engage fully with the Fellowship. I have enjoyed all the events organised because a space was created for us to reflect, learn and share, but planning is a skill I need to master whilst remaining flexible to the day-to-day.

How has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with or for?

Funding has been released to develop a pilot project entitled Street Legal (working with non-EU rough sleepers with immigration issues) into a pan-London service, hoping that statutory funders can be brought into future plans. This is a direct result of working strategically over the past few months and I hope to build on this in the future.

In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?

I am changing my rhythm of work – less rushed and bringing more perspective - into the day-to-day of my team and organisation. I have been able to bring strong analysis, support people better and foster a strong team spirit.

Tell us about an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship.

The Fellowship is a journey that encourages to look at issues and solution through a different lens. It is also a chance to build my confidence at the intersection of Values, Authenticity and Professionalism – always focusing outwardly on social impact and wider social change.

What inspiration have you received from other Fellows?

‘The Coach is not the shaper/sculptor but the one helping you to become your own shaper’ –Gareth Dix (2014 Clore Social Fellow).

How would you sum it all up so far?

The Fellowship has given me a chance to put what I have achieved in context and think about areas where I can improve. I am looking forward to learning and changing the way I work so that I can contribute more strategically and effectively to social change.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jean-demars-5129b5b5?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

Current principal role: Full-time Fellow
Other leadership role 1: Visiting Researcher
Other organisation 1: Univerisity of London, Goldsmiths

Research: Let's End Homelessness Together*: *Must be willing to work closely with Immigration Compliance & Enforcement

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