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Mary Duffy

Mary Duffy

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011

Update December 2012

I spent October mainly tying off loose ends in relation to my research report and the report for my secondment, squeezing in a couple of final interviews and a trip to the excellent Clearly So Social Business conference in the process.

In November I spent three days in the Lake District with Impact International and enjoyed their organic approach to leadership development and watching a truly open space event take place. The engagement with a group of mainly private sector leaders as Fellow delegates was very useful, given my interest in how the corporate world can contribute to social impact work. I was challenged and stretched - and not just by the task involving scaling a 40ft tree. 

My work continued on a peer-support based initiative to achieve greater diversity in Scottish private, public and voluntary sector boardrooms.  As a member of the steering group, it is a privilege and a great learning experience to work alongside a group of highly talented people from a wide range of senior backgrounds in the corporate sector and various non-profit arena.

I remain interested in governance challenges (acute in parts of the non-profit sector) and in board work as leadership. Adding to my governance related roles with a national health charity and with the BBC, I accepted a position as a non- executive director of the Social Enterprise Academy, a Scotland-based leadership organisation with activities in England, South Africa and Australia. I also took on a role on the steering group advising the board of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland on grantmaking through their Partnership Drugs Initiative, which has distributed more than £15 million to voluntary sector organisations.  

To pull together and extend my expertise, I enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government programme on governance as leadership. I also signed up for specialist training in social return on investment and committed to a week at Schumacher College considering alternative financing models for social impact work.

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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