Vikki Muir is the Executive Officer in the Grants and Welfare Team at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
"Looking back to the initial application stage for the Clore Social Leadership Fellowship, if I could say anything to myself when I was wondering whether to apply, questioning if I would be the right fit after looking at previous Fellows and asking myself what I could bring to the table, it would be a resounding Do It. Without a doubt, my Clore Social year has been one of the most enlightening, rewarding and challenging that I have ever experienced, and I would not be the person that I now am without it.
It is rare that we can take time out from our everyday work lives with all the pressures and expectations that they bring, to be able to reflect on ourselves, our leadership journey and truly spend time to learn from others. This year, I have taken every opportunity to visit organisations outside of my sector, to learn from them, develop relationships and share knowledge. It has been truly inspirational. Clore Social has given me the opportunity to become involved in often unfamiliar ways of learning, develop a wide-reaching peer network and be part of an Action Learning Set, which was a new, and often challenging experience for me. I may have approached some aspects of the programme with initial hesitation or doubts, but I can honestly say that there has not been one element of the last year that I haven’t benefited from, even if I may not have realised it at the time."