Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013
National Housing Federation Fellow
Update March 2014
How has this quarter been for you?
There have been a number of developments in the last quarter.
I have managed to secure and establish an intensive family support service supporting over a 100 young families.
I have also re-drafted and agreed a new research brief with the NHF looking at ABCD and housing. I have made contact with an ABCD coach, Cormac Russell, of the ABCD European Institute/ Nurture Development to assist me with the research project. I have also recently published an article with the Integrated Journal of Social Care discussing the potential of health and housing partnerships.
The Fellowship has enabled me to finalise and agree a secondment opportunity with a Birmingham based hospital. I have also attended various action learning sets, and undertaken several life enhancing coaching sessions with Bev Morton.
What impact has your leadership been having?
The past year has been a phenomenal experience, one that has pushed me to edge of my abilities and parameters as a leader, but that has ultimately built my horizons to new unimaginable heights.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I would say people have noticed a more confident and assured person, someone who dwells less on the negatives and tries to seek out the positives in the most challenging of situations.
Can you share an important lesson you’ve learnt?
I have received some kind support from my action learning set, particularly around listing to my gut instincts and passions. In particular one Fellow, Tom Doust, has given me insight into balancing our desires to be great parents whilst aspiring to be great leaders. It's great to speak to other dads! I have also taken walks with another Fellow, Andy Shipley, and I find these life affirming.
How would you sum up your Clore Social Fellowship experience so far?
One word I strongly associate with the Fellowship experience is 'Resilience'. The Clore Social Leadership programme teaches resilience to leaders who are working in some of the hardest economic and social times in our short history. It teaches us to know ourselves inside out, and live the life the way we wish to see it.
Current principal role: New Ventures Manager
Current principal organisation: Bromford Support
Other leadership role 1: Non-ex director
Other organisation 1: voluntary sector joint venture company
Research: Leading by stepping back: A reflection piece exploring the spread of asset based thinking across housing, health and adult social care
Secondment host: University Hospital Birmingham