Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update December 2012
Like the previous quarter, the last one has on the whole been too busy for me to be reflective. It has included returning to my job after three months absence on secondment and carrying out research, paternity leave on the birth of our second child at home, and finalising a range of Clore-related activities. On 19 December, I was elected a trustee of the Local Trust, a newly established BIG Lottery-funded charity with a remit to support the most deprived local communities in the UK. The Trust has a £215 million endowment to spend out over 15 years on resident-led activities to improve conditions in those areas.
I started the main part of my personal tuition element of the Programme, a coaching programme with the Academy of Executive Coaching, which I will complete early in 2013. I hope and trust the skills acquired through this will assist me enormously as I continue to develop the indispensable ‘achieving through others’ element to being an effective and productive leader.
I also brought my research topic to conclusion, completing interviews, collating the transcripts and drafting the main body of the report. This will be launched early in 2013, in conjunction with the Charity Finance Group and Deloitte, my Specialist Fellowship funder. It is an opinion piece summarising a range of views on how charity finance directors do, and can improve in, contributing to organisational strategic planning. It was a fascinating experience hearing the range of views from those who spoke to me about this, and I hope the final product does justice to their wisdom and abilities in this important area.
Even in the midst of all these ongoing activities, I am increasingly aware of the benefits I have already gained from the last two years. I have acquired some helpful knowledge and concrete skills, met a lot of interesting and influential people, and made some good friends. Most importantly, my understanding of myself, and my awareness of the role and value of the impact leaders have, has been stretched, expanded and amplified in all possible directions, or so it seems! I look forward to synthesising into action, as time passes, the value of all the individual threads of the Programme into a whole that adds up to much more than the sum of the different parts.
At the end of the Programme, as at the beginning, I am grateful to Deloitte, my Specialist Fellowship funder, and to JDRF, my employer, for providing me with the many opportunities the Programme has afforded, and for supporting me as I have grappled with these in various ways over the last two years.
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