Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
How have the last few months been?
The last quarter has felt fulfilling.
I have completed my secondment with the National Trust and the report has been well received within the organisation – we’re publishing it on the 3rdSeptember. As a result of the work I was invited to join the advisory group for ResPublica’s “Community Renewables Economy” project.
Some of the initial findings for my research have been published in New Start online magazine June issue and a joint event on “Land and Communities” is planned with New Start in September.
Shared Assets has secured support from its second major funder (Calouste Gulbenkian) and is also embarking on a small partnership project with Kingston University funded by Creativeworks London.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Managing my time. In particular making time to complete the research work which had to take a lower priority than the secondment and the day job over the past three months.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
In many ways things seem easier. I think I have a clearer focus and greater ability to tune out the ‘noises off’.
What have you learned?
To trust my instincts – they are based on experience. But also, be really sure of your current position and know where the upcoming pressure points are.
What have you learned from a fellow Fellow?
I’ve learned that your sense of someone changes, for the better, when they reveal more of themselves. There is a power of bringing your whole self into a situation even when that might feel like vulnerability.
How would you describe the Clore Social Leadership experience so far?
It is an opportunity to explore your own leadership in the company of a group of dedicated peers who bring their own perspectives to the challenges we face, personally and as a sector, to make a difference to our communities and to the world.
Current principal role: Executive Director
Current principal organisation: Shared Assets Ltd
Other leadership role 1: Member
Other organisation 1: Defra's Civil Society Partnership Network
Research: Making Land Work: Case Studies in Collaboration
Research topics: Environment; Health and well-being; Leadership; Social enterprise;
Secondment host: National Trust