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Judith Cross

Judith Cross

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Oak Foundation

Update Winter 2013

How has the past nine months had an impact on those you work with?

Midland Heart are renewing their overall strategy and are now considering using the organisational principles I developed at the June residential and linking them to their values, as a  result of a meeting I set up with the business and strategy support director.

Since June I have received further feedback on my blog and my presentation at the residential. One fellow informed me that I had inspired them to start their own blog which is an amazing thing to have been able to do.

Getting ready to leave the current project I am working on and will not be returning to, I feel that everything is in place to continue without me, and have trust and faith in the abilities of my staff, having seen how they have grown over the last 9 months.


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

I have noticed that I am not allowing things to get to me as much and am better able to let things go that are not important. I realise what is important to me and understand better what I do, how I act and the impact of this on others. I feel more resilient emotionally and more able to be assertive and to say no. I am not taking criticism too personally and am not beating myself up over this like I used to.

I am more comfortable with who I am.

I feel a shift in how I am presenting myself and in my confidence levels. I have been told that I look happier, less stressed, and appear more self assured.

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

I’ve learnt that it’s ok not to have a plan, or to know where I am going. I’ve learnt that whilst reflection can be a painful experience, it is not a negative thing and is useful in understanding why I do what I do, and in looking at and moving forwards.


And have you had help from other Fellows in your cohort?

David – I have been inspired by his commitment to his organisation whilst still being able to let go and being brave in stepping into the unknown.

Ceinwen – she uses such a negative life changing experience as a positive. She inspires me with her passion and zest for life and in using her experiences to help others.

Cathy – her ability to organise and stay true to herself is really inspiring to me and I know I can learn a lot from her. 


How has being a Clore Social Fellow changed you?    

Clore Social has opened my eyes to the power of working with peers and the changes that we can drive forward together in the social sector.


Twitter: @judecross

Current principal role: Area Director
Current principal organisation: Thames Reach

Research: I Have a Name: Understanding the root causes of homelessness through storytelling
Research topics: Housing; Values;
Secondment host: Concern Universal

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