Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update April 2012
Since finding out I was going to be one of the 2012 Clore Fellows, it has been a whirlwind journey: meeting and working amazing people, lots of inspiration, challenges and juggling different commitments. As well as continuing to work for SCVO, I am also now a trustee of the Scottish Accountancy Trust for Education and Research (SATER). Originally this was meant to be a very small time commitment, but it is an exciting time for the trust as they are working to launch a new foundation.
My favourite bit of the Fellowship so far was the site visit on day four of the January residential. Our visit to the RNLI provided great material for contextual learning as well as the opportunity to drive a lifeboat (albeit a simulator). The RNLI staff team we met were really generous with their time and their insights.
The evening lecture from Scope’s Richard Hawkes also highlighted the benefits of generosity in leadership as well as being great all-round inspiration. The 360° assessment and Action Learning have been fantastic learning too.
I find I am particularly drawn to people who are demonstrating authenticity in their leadership, which is an area I am keen to explore more going forward. I like hearing from Dame Mary Marsh’s wisdom and extensive experience too - I need to work on the ‘art of good enough’ and the ‘look after yourself’ pillar of leadership. I am finding the challenge of travel and being away from home are not contributing well to this.
I feel Clore has changed my context and each day takes me a few more steps along an exciting journey.
Current principal role: Assistant Director Public Affairs
Current principal organisation: Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: ICAS Foundation
Research: Volunteering: Scotland’s changing paradigm
Research topics: Change management;
Secondment host: Standard Life plc