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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012

Paul Hamlyn Fellow

How has this quarter of your Fellowship been? 

I’ve now completed my secondment which was at Inspiring Scotland. My focus was on building on Inspiring Scotland’s recent external evaluation and exploring the ‘added value’ of their model, as well as supporting the potential roll out of the ‘Play Ranger’ model in Edinburgh.

Simultaneously I’ve also been getting on with my research interviews to explore my subject, looking at the challenges of meaningfully describing the ‘added value’ of non financial support to social sector organisations.

What has been your greatest challenge to date?

Learning a new language through secondment experience was a real challenge. It will continue to stand me in good stead for cross sector conversations.

How are you a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?

The knowledge management processes I’ve introduced in my work to release me for a full time secondment away from my organisation have reduced risks to my organisation, and proved liberating for me.

Tell us an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship programme

That the social sector can’t solve issues on their own.

How would you describe the CSLP experience so far?

The Fellowship is broadening my horizons and providing me with access to new opportunities.


Twitter: @samalanmartin

Current principal role: Director and Founder
Current principal organisation: The Junction
Other leadership role 1: Scotland Committee Member
Other organisation 1: Heritage Lottery Fund
Other leadership role 2: Parent Council Treasurer
Other organisation 2: Royal Mile Primary
Other leadership role 3: Co Chair
Other organisation 3: Edinburgh Alcohol & Drug Partnership: Children & families Sub group

Research: Working within the paradoxes: How can we meaningfully describe the added value of non financial resources to the social sector?
Research topics: Corporate social responsibility; Impact; Social investment; Values;
Secondment host: Inspiring Scotland

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