Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011
The NESTA Fellowship for an aspiring leader committed to, and with a track record in, innovative practice, and working in frontline delivery of public services.
Update September 2011
I’m now seven months into my Fellowship, and I’m pleased to say becoming a Clore Social Fellow has been one of the best professional decisions I have ever made. Since starting my Fellowship I have been supported by a brilliant coach, who has helped me to understand my motives and values. This has complemented the input from my mentor, Chief Executive of Cheltenham Borough Council. Both of these individuals have been exceptional in offering both support and challenge.
Much of the first half of my Fellowship has focused on developing a better understanding of social enterprise. This led to undertaking an elective module on social entrepreneurship at the London Business School, and participating in POPSE, the pop up social enterprise think tank. Through this I have broadened my professional networks and gained a much deeper understanding of these businesses. It taught me that taking innovative and entrepreneurial approaches has to form part of the solution to the social and economic challenges facing the country.
In addition to these opportunities, I have also conducted a leadership workshop for Charity Works, contributed to a report on community philanthropy, and engaged in an improv workshop with my Action Learning set! I am now looking forward to joining the Whitehall and Industry Group’s leadership development programme and taking part in a strategic leaders course with the Leadership Trust.
Further to this, I have just confirmed my secondment with a local charity that is in the process of implementing a radical change strategy, which is both innovative and exciting. I’ll be on my secondment between November and January.
In the meantime, my focus remains on my research project, which I’m conducting with the Future Communities Consortium at the Young Foundation. The study is examining the local and practical measures that ensure new housing developments become thriving communities. It considers the extent to which social elements of new communities need to be planned for, in order for them to flourish.
Current principal role: Director of Inclusive Community Building
Current principal organisation: Barnwood Trust
Other leadership role 1: Associate
Other organisation 1: Nurture Development
Research: Social sustainability: Case studies from Gloucestershire
Research topics: Community development; Health and well-being; Housing;
Secondment host: Barnwood Trust