Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update October 2012
This was my final period of the Programme, and it has been a time of reflection and consolidation, looking back on the previous 18 months and squeezing every last drop from the opportunity. It has been an amazing experience, and I feel that I have developed and grown during the Programme, with each experience adding to the former so the impact has been cumulative. As a result of the Programme I have a much clearer understanding of who I am, and what I want to achieve, and I am better able to articulate this. I have improved my knowledge of the social sector and an impressive number of contacts, networks and friends as a consequence.
The final few months of the formal Fellowship have been spent putting the finishing touches to my research report. The report is ready to be printed after spending a surprisingly long time finalising the copy and design. I am currently planning my research launch event which will be 3 December, kindly hosted by Bates, Wells and Braithwaite.
I also dedicated time over this period to concentrate on the next stage of my leadership journey and I am delighted to be joining East Herts. Citizens Advice Service in October as their District Manager. This role offers me the opportunity to lead a local organisation that prides itself on its community connections. I am looking forward to helping the organisation not only survive the turbulent times ahead, but flourish and provide an essential service to a growing number of local people seeking help and advice. Students’ Unions are, but it gave me the chance to spend a substantial amount of time doing something that I found difficult and forced me work outside my comfort zone.
I really enjoyed my secondment at Scope, which gave me insight into a large, national disability charity. Spending time with the other Fellows in Action Learning sets, on residential events and also socially was the highlight however, and I’m sure that the relationships will continue into the future.
I leave the Programme a more knowledgeable, confident, self-aware leader and whilst my newly developed skills have yet to be tested in the workplace, I feel sure that with the network of contacts and support around me I will continue to contribute to the social sector for years to come.
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