Announcing our 2019 Experienced Leader cohort

We are delighted to announce the names of 46 participants on the 2019 Experienced Leader Programme, our curated 12-month leadership development journey designed to strengthen networks across the social sector and equip social leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary for driving social change.

Our 2019 cohort consists of leaders working across a variety of social sector organisations, including Big Lottery Fund, Care International, Dementia UK, Jewish Care, Shelter, SSAFA, Youth Focus North East, and many more. Thanks to the generous and continued support from the Forces and Mind Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation, we were able to offer funded places for individuals working in the Armed Forces Charities sector, and for those working in organisations based in the North-East.

Commenting on this year’s cohort, Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston said:

“We know that better led organisations lead to better outcomes for beneficiaries and we are pleased to be supporting a further 5 leaders from the North East to participate on Clore Social’s 2019 Experienced Leader Programme. The need for strong, resilient and well-resourced leaders in the social sector is more important than ever and we support Clore Social’s ambition to aid leaders across the UK.”

Through a blended approach to learning, the Experienced Leader Programme will provide participants with the opportunity to amplify their learning through online courses, secondments and real-life challenges, while building connections and collaborating with other social leaders. Built around all aspects of our Social Leaders’ Capabilities Framework, the programme will focus on empowering participants to tackle 21st Century social challenges through collaboration and generous leadership. It will aim to develop empowered, resilient, and generous leaders who can apply their learning and transform their organisations and the social sector.

The successful Experienced Leader participants are:

  • Abha Thorat-Shah, British Asian Trust
  • Adam Ognall, New Israel Fund
  • Alison Stiby Harris, Save the Children
  • Alison Urie, Vox Liminis
  • Bethan Webber, Home-Start UK
  • Charles Chao, Rong Phua
  • Chris Falconer, Local Trust
  • David Evans, Shelter
  • Ellisa Estrin, Jewish Care
  • Emma Dickens, Locala Community Partnerships CIC
  • Fergus McMillan, LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Gill Gracie, Space Unlimited
  • Guy Boersma, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network
  • Helen Ward, Jack Drum Arts
  • Iona McArdle, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Jenny Olsen, Big Lottery Fund
  • Jo Broadwood, Street Doctors
  • Julia Beart, Primary Care International
  • Katie Sherjan, Hollywell Trust
  • Kevin Franks, Youth Focus North East
  • Laura Cream, UCL Culture
  • Leigh Gallagher, Leap Confronting Conflict
  • Linda McKendry, CAN - Compass Advocacy Network Ltd
  • Olfemi Alese, Amelia's House
  • Penny Phillips, Head Start Newham
  • Philip Barron, Young Westminster Foundation
  • Roger Blackman, The Reasons Why Foundation
  • Saad Halawani, Inspire me PAL
  • Sean Bullick, Self Employed
  • Shaun Glanville, Gingerbread
  • Sue Stones, Bramley Baths and Community ltd.
  • Tom Scott, School Ground Sounds
  • Vanna Derosas, Hibiscus initiatives
  • Victoria Lyons, Dementia UK
  • Yvonne Campbell, Big Lottery Fund

Armed Forces Charities Sector

  • Ed Tytherleigh, Stoll
  • Gary Williams, SSAFA
  • Lisa Shattock, SSAFA
  • Mark Shields, Royal Air Forces Association
  • Stephen Richards, SSAFA
  • Virginia Campbell, Hounds for Heroes

North East Organisations

  • Hannabiell Sanders, Harambee Pasadia CIC
  • Julia Ferguson, Gateway into the community
  • Robin Fry, Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA)
  • Shuley Alam, Compact for Race Equality in South Tyneside (CREST)
  • Siobhan O'Neil, Cygnus support
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