Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update Spring 2013
How has this period of your Fellowshio been?
The past three months have been challenging as I have sought to balance the secondment, research and the delivery and development of work for Shared Assets.
I have undertaken most of my research, gathering interviews and information on three examples of community management of environmental assets. I am also about half way through my secondment with the National Trust. This has given me an insight into the benefits of, and barriers to, the development of community energy schemes as well as into the internal workings of a large and complex national charity and asset owner.
The combination of these different activities is a valuable opportunity to be completely immersed in the issues associated with community management of environmental assets from a range of different perspectives.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Looking after myself. Given the range of calls on my time, including personal and community matters in addition to those outlined above, I have felt as though I have not properly made time to nurture my own physical and emotional health. The opportunities for reflection have been few and far between!
How has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with?
Leading Shared Assets during a period of uncertainty as we emerged from start up to delivery including; maintaining the confidence of non-executive Directors, securing in principle agreement from our funders to provide continuation funding and winning our first commercial contract.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I think I am more confident of my own abilities and more resilient to criticism and challenge. I am also better at letting go and supporting others to take on their own roles.
What have learnt so far during the Fellowship programme?
People hardly ever say ‘no’ when you ask them for a meeting. So ask, and be prepared to make your case when they say ‘yes’.
What opportunites/support/skills/inspiration/lessons have you received from other Fellows?
Seeing other Fellows take more control over aspects of their lives at work or within the Fellowship – moving from ‘I wish I could…’ to ‘how can I…’
How would you describe the CSLP experience so far?
A unique investment in you as an individual that gives you the resources and opportunity to develop yourself in many different aspects of your life.
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