Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Paul Hamlyn Fellow
Update April 2012
It has been a really busy and stretching six months since being appointed as the Paul Hamlyn Specialist Fellow in October last year. As the manager/founder of a small organisation, I had an initial panic of how I was going to manage to do it all, but I decided I was determined to get the most I could out of the amazing opportunity I was being presented with. Thanks to a similar commitment from my organisation, we made the decision to use the bursary element of the Fellowship to help towards the costs of employing a Deputy to free me up. So in the last three months, as I have been being inducted into the Fellowship programme, my Deputy has been inducted into the Junction with a view to reducing my working week from May.
The result of this has meant the last few months have been challenging, but very worthwhile. Key elements of the programme so far for me include: the 360° assessment, which gave me a really useful baseline for checking out my own perception of me with the perception of others; the January residential, which built a strong foundation for us as a cohort and helped begin to set the path for my Fellowship journey.
Although this is my first update on what will be a two year experience, I am already benefiting from the mentoring, coaching and Action Learning set opportunities as well as consistently engaging with lots of people I would never have come across otherwise thanks to the support of the programme, my fellow Fellows, my sponsor and mentor. Key for me is the legitimacy the programme creates to spend time on your own personal development; something I am looking forward to continuing to embrace as I start to access training opportunities made possible by my individual training budget.
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