Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update April 2011
I can’t believe that six months has passed already since I first met the other Clore Social Fellows – what a talented, supportive and motivating set of people! It has been a remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable journey so far.
I feel that I now have a much clearer and deeper understanding of myself, the areas that I wish to explore, and the strengths that I can use to assist this development. For example, I recognise now that people respect that I am guided by my values and morals, and will trust my decision making, even in challenging times. I realise that my passion is a real strength, but that I also need to be able to support this with clearly defined objective arguments and good business acumen.
I learned from Geoff Mulgan, who spoke at our residential, that many exceptional leaders are ‘help seekers’. I recognise that there have been times in the past when I could have asked for more help. I want to capitalise on my enjoyment of learning about different people and build up a network of contacts who I can ask for help in the future.
Through work with my coach, I am learning to value my skills and experiences and how these are transferable. I am trying different work approaches, to feel more comfortable with risk, and be more innovative and creative. After a period of illness, I also want to understand my own physical and emotional resilience.
I am interested in exploring ways of transferring my skills and experiences gained through Students’ Unions and as a Trustee of Bromley Mencap to other parts of the social sector and I’m excited about a secondment in a national disability or health charity to further apply my learning.
Current principal role: Chief Executive
Current principal organisation: East Herts Citizens Advice Service
Research: A Hidden Gem: Strength of the Student Movement and its relationship with the Voluntary Sector
Research topics: Citizenship; Leadership; Students;
Secondment host: Scope