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Rowena Lewis

Rowena Lewis

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2010

Update March 2011

As my journey with the Clore Social Leadership Programme evolves, I continue to be amazed by how quickly I am growing in confidence, skills and belief in my own abilities. Having completed the first stage of my research into women’s progression into leadership in the voluntary sector, I leapt at the opportunity to take the executive lead for the independent Philanthropy Review chaired by Thomas Hughes-Hallett, CEO of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Working with a Board of leaders from the world of philanthropy, business and the voluntary sector is awe-inspiring, and I feel privileged to play a role in shaping an important debate on the role of philanthropy at a time when charities need it most.

After this six month placement I will return to complete my research piece for an autumn launch. As one of the NCVO 2020 Commissioners, I continue to enjoy working with an energetic, action oriented group of like-minded people to deliver an inquiry into what is needed to support emerging leaders in the voluntary sector.

I have also, quite late in the day, started a coaching relationship which affords me the space to explore my compulsion for steep learning curves! Ever conscious of the benefits of my relationship with my mentor, I will shortly begin a mentoring relationship to support a promising fundraiser – committed as I have been to attracting more funding into the women’s sector. And as ever, I enjoy the relationships with the Fellows of my cohort as well as those from the 2011 cohort, and look forward to continuing the journey with these invaluable friends and colleagues by my side.

Current principal role: Blue Light Project Manager
Current principal organisation: Mind
Other leadership role 1: Freelancing on a number of projects for small to medium sized charities
Other organisation 1: Freelance
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: GoodGym

Research: Close to Parity: challenging the voluntary sector to smash the glass ceiling
Research topics: Employment; Equality;
Secondment host: Marie Curie

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