Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update April 2012
My Fellowship journey is moving into a very exciting stage as I move forward into each of the main remaining areas of the programme: training, a secondment and a research project. The first year of the programme has helped me come to a clearer sense of my main qualities and strengths, and the fact that – while I’ve used these to effect in my work roles – the type of work I’ve done for much of my career does not play fully to all of these, and that exploring some degree of shift in what I might do going forward is a priority for the second year of the programme.
As a Finance and Resources Director I’ve acquired some fairly ‘hard’ skills and technical know how in a number of areas, and I now feel the need to explore softer skills such as influencing and persuasion, coaching and mentoring, and expect much of the training I plan to do to develop these further. I’m interested in finding out more about solution-focused thinking, after an introduction last year through my coach. I would also like to explore further issues around resilience and emotional intelligence, recognising some areas of personal rigidity and fragility that I’ve allowed to impact me and working relationships in the past.
I’ve also become more aware of a natural personal interest in ‘big picture’ issues, including strategic thinking and development, and hope to weave this into a secondment, ideally in combination with another major internal driver in relation to effectiveness, and what really works. This is also very exciting, and will take me down new and stretching avenues, which will be a further development of what the programme has been for me since it began in late 2010.
Current principal role: Director of Finance and Resources
Current principal organisation: JDRF
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: Local Trust
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: The Educational Frontier Trust
Research: Beyond Eeyore: Growing your influence as a charity finance director
Research topics: Finance; Impact; Leadership;
Secondment host: New Philanthropy Capital