Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update April 2012
Being a Clore Social Leadership Fellow is the most amazing experience. I feel extremely privileged and proud that people are willing to invest their time and resources to support me in my aspirations to be an effective, high impact social leader, enabling me to improve the lives of young people and communities across the UK.
For several years, I have been working in a very demanding, internal-facing role. The Fellowship has provided me with space to stop and reflect, to lift my head above the parapet, opening doors to a world of opportunity, resources, knowledge and most importantly a breadth of inspirational people.
My first big experience was the 360° review which was positively overwhelming. It enabled me to reflect on my qualities, strengths and my impact on others. Next was the residential, which is best described as a scary but thrilling roller-coaster ride that you want to go on again and again. Highlights for me included meeting several exceptional leaders who shared personal stories of their journeys so far.
I am currently organising coaching to help me un-pick some of the ‘default settings’ which are holding me back and to support me in building confidence and finding a healthier life balance. Through being mentored I hope to expand my knowledge, understanding and networks. I have yet to decide what training I am going to undertake but want to use it to build my leadership toolkit.
One of the most beneficial elements of the programme has been the network of Fellows. They are providing me with such different perspectives, sharing knowledge, experience and an insatiable quest for information. When the Fellows all get together I truly believe we can and will change the world for the better. Watch this space!
Current principal role: Training, Operations & Marketing Manager
Current principal organisation: Northumbria University
Research: When collaboration knocks- open the door! (Cross sector collaboration and the preconceptions of leaders that get in the way) - Animation
Research topics: Corporate social responsibility; Leadership; Private sector;
Secondment host: Proctor & Gamble