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Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

 

In October 2014, Rachael joined Mind, as their Head of Strategic Planning and Governance, leading the development of the 2016 – 2021 strategy alongside developing corporate and quality governance structures. This move was supported by a three month Clore Social secondment with the Start Network, a consortium of Humanitarian Organisations, where Rachael implemented a new network governance structure through a week-long series of events. This experience developed her capacity to think big, strive for transformational change through a strong strategic vision with Mind being the perfect fit.

 

For seven years Rachael worked for Crisis, developing innovative engagement, education and employment programmes. Beginning her career as Assistant to the Head of Crisis Christmas, she quickly progressed to becoming Deputy Head of the project in 2011. In this role she developed a strategic approach to delivering a range of holistic services to up to 4000 homeless and vulnerably housed adults across London based temporary centres.

 

As a law student at Birmingham University, Rachael worked with asylum seekers within a housing association and became acutely aware of the immediate and long term impact a period of social exclusion has on individuals. Through starting work at Crisis, she realised her ambition to support socially excluded adults to affect lasting change through education and progression into sustainable, fulfilling employment. Her work as Employer Engagement Executive for a consortium of homeless service providers on Skills for Jobs and subsequent development of innovative cross-organisational Opportunities Fairs contributed to the group winning Partnership of the Year at the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2009.

 

Rachael is an advocate for partnership working and has forged employment partnerships through representing the interests of her clients fairly and honestly to ensure a coherent approach to overcoming the barriers they face to employment and learning. Rachael is currently conducting research on beneficiary representation at board level within the sector as part of the Clore Social Leadership programme.

 

Read Rachael's Fellowship research, Asking the difficult questions: Are third sector organisations allowing their pride at recruiting former service users to their boards, to paper over the inherent prejudices that prevent these individuals from taking the lead?

 

Current principal role: Head of Strategic Planning and Governance
Current principal organisation: Mind

Research: Asking the difficult questions: Are third sector organisations allowing their pride at recruiting former service users to their boards, to paper over the inherent prejudices that prevent these individuals from taking the lead?
Secondment host: The Start Network

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