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Mary Duffy

Mary Duffy

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011

Update September 2011

My maternity leave ended in July and the intensity of work on the Fellowship has increased significantly. August and September have been spent doing preparatory work for my research and my secondment, extending my networks and considering new ideas and approaches. In particular, I have been extending my links with leaders in the business/for-profit community, especially through my membership of a new ‘Inspiring women leaders’ group, where I am in a subgroup working on increasing the representation of strong women in non executive director roles in blue chip organisations.

I am now a Trustee of an established mid-sized voluntary organisation working in the health field and a Non Executive Director role with another charity is pending. I have been appointed to the BBC Audience Council for Scotland, reporting directly to the BBC Trust on specific matters.  I have also been proposed as Honorary Fellow at The University of Edinburgh, in light of the visiting lecturer role I have had for several years.

Through our Action Learning Set I continue to get considerable and very helpful advice and support from other Fellows. The CSLP residential in July also provided space for reconnecting with Fellows and for me this was at least as beneficial as the material covered in the formal sessions.

My main action research meets the Early Years agenda head on and will focus on innovation in pre school childcare, exploring a range of business models (including cooperative profit making and social enterprise approaches) and a range of approaches to delivery. Secondary research work will focus on crossover leaders – those who move between private, public and voluntary sectors. My secondment is likely to be in the private sector and focussed on Corporate Social Responsibility. I am continuing to explore possibilities with several large organisations.

As a core theme, I remain focussed on the question: What is social good and who does it best? The role (and potential role) of the private sector is in some arenas underplayed, viewed sceptically, or not approached creatively enough. I will address this across all my work on the Fellowship and in the career steps I take afterward

Twitter: @marybduffy

Current principal role: National Head
Current principal organisation: BBC Children in Need
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: Social Enterprise Academy

Research: Shining Armour or Sheep’s Clothing? Views on social investment in the UK
Research topics: Finance; Social investment;
Secondment host: Standard Life plc

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