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Penelope Gibbs

Penelope Gibbs

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Update March 2011

Time since August seems to have gone incredibly fast. The six months for me has been dominated by home and a personal challenge of caring for an ill daughter while trying to hit all other bases, and meet obligations. This period has taught me to live and work in the moment, to prioritise ruthlessly and to reflect on what really matters in life.

I made a decision in this period to extend my Clore Social Fellowship to the end of June 2011 so that I had more time for research, coaching and personal development.  I spent a week at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, which was a real highlight. The course was called Creating collaborative solutions: innovations in governance, and covered some key points about public and voluntary sector leadership. The content was brilliantly communicated, and I hope useful, but I got most out of the cohort. There were around 100 delegates of which a third came from all over the world, two thirds from the USA; two thirds worked in the public sector and one third the voluntary sector.  In my study group were people from Brazil, India and Hawaii. Through comparing experiences of how the voluntary and public sectors worked in different countries, I learned a huge amount.

We had our last action learning set in December 2010. Action learning has been one of the best tools the Clore programme has introduced me to. I have really appreciated having others help me tease out and clarify problems and vice versa.

In my last four months I am looking forward to starting coaching, having followed a strong recommendation from Kate Lee, a Clore Social Fellow. Through coaching, I hope to clarify how I develop my career in the short and medium term. 

Twitter: @PenelopeGibbs2
Personal website/ blog: www.transformjustice.org.uk/blog/

Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: Transform Justice
Other leadership role 1: Chair
Other organisation 1: the Standing Committee for Youth Justice
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Criminal Justice Alliance

Research: A marriage made in heaven? The relationship between Chairs and Chief Executives in charities
Research topics: Charity; Equality; Governance; Leadership; Policy;
Secondment host: Department for Children, Schools and Families

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