Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update September 2011
I am half way through my secondment at Scope.My main focus is to help manage their ambitious programme of transformational change. My role is to help enhance communication and understanding between the many projects within the programme in addition to supporting the programme management team. My secondment is giving me the unique opportunity to test my knowledge and skills applying them to a different context, the chance to work for a national organisation, and to explore what my next career steps might be.
I attended the Roffey Park Personal Power and Effectiveness residential course in July. The programme was loosely structured to examine influence, self- belief and personal power. I thoroughly enjoyed working with a wide range of people from the public, private and voluntary sector. This course really helped me to better understand myself, and my own motivations and skills.
My training as a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessor is also helping me appreciate my own and others’ personal preferences. I found the work of Naomi Quenk– In the Grip of particular interest when understanding how people behave when under pressure.
I am continuing to explore creativity, innovation and risk taking. I recognise that creativity is important to me and want to learn how I can integrate it into my daily life. Working with Bev Morton, a creativity coach and Clore Fellow (for the Cultural Programme), I’m hoping to re-awaken my right brain and learn how to enhance my usual dominant linear, organised approach to thinking.
I am delighted to have Fiona Dawe (OBE) previously Chief Executive of YouthNet, as my mentor. I am fortunate to be learning from Fiona’s wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and also her ‘Time to Think’ skills. She is a wonderful mentor and I look forward to working with her more.
I am focusing on my research project which will examine students’ union strengths, how they can help other organisations in the voluntary sector grow and develop, and what enables or inhibits this sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise. I intend to talk to leaders working in the voluntary sector who also have a history of students’ unions.
I have recently moved house from London to St Albans which I am finding very enjoyable. Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher, said that “one of the beautiful things about a home is that it is a place where you can dream about your future, and that a good home protects your dreams; it is a place where you feel sheltered enough to risk yourself in the world”. This quote seems particularly appropriate at this stage of my Clore Social Leadership journey!
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