Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update October 2012
The last quarter has been a stretching and learning time, as for the first time I have had the opportunity to almost completely focus on Clore activities.
I’m grateful to the staff at New Philanthropy Capital who welcomed me warmly into their midst, and provided a very stimulating environment for me to work over the summer. One-to-one Myers Briggs sessions with members of the management team combined with a collective team discussion gave them the opportunity to re-visit some issues around approach and style from a fresh perspective. I also conducted a review of some aspects of NPC’s operations that I hope will add value over time. My respect for NPC and its aims has grown enormously, and I look forward to staying closely in touch with its activities and with individuals there.
I have now carried out the majority of the interviews for my research topic, with many thanks to those busy individuals who made time to see me. Simply participating in the discussions was thought-provoking and energising, and I now have a wide range of high-quality material to sort and edit for the final report. The process of devising the topic, clarifying its scope, and carrying it out has been as educational as is no doubt intended, and my respect for those at NPC and elsewhere who carry out research on a regular basis has grown enormously.
I am about to join the Board of the Local Trust, a new Lottery funded charity with a remit to support the most deprived local communities in the UK and a £200m endowment to back this up. I look forward to learning from the other trustees and staff, and gaining insights into as well as contributing to this incredibly important area of supporting grassroots community development.
The last quarter has been too busy to be reflective, but my sense of what I bring and can achieve has been stretched considerably. Conversations with Clore colleagues, and new meetings with fascinating people I’ve met through the Programme, continue to provide insights and new approaches to the major issues we are all dealing with: change, impact and people.
Picking up coaching again, and the opportunities provided by the coaching training I will be having over the winter, will help in assimilating these experiences. As I approach the conclusion of the Programme, I shall be reflecting on marrying inner and outer worlds, and how I can contribute more capably and with greater impact in future.
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