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Launching our 2020 Cobseo Emerging Leader Programme

Cobseo, Forces in Mind Trust and Clore Social Leadership partner to further develop agile and resilient leadership in the Service Charities sector

Clore Social Leadership has announced today details of its 2020 Cobseo Emerging Leader Programme aimed at building effective leadership and better collaboration for those working in the Armed Forces and Service Charities sector.

Together with Clore Social Leadership, the Emerging Leader Programme has been designed in partnership with the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) and the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). It aims to help leaders become more empowered, focused, and generous.

Prema Nirgude from The Royal Air Forces Association and 2019 Cobseo Emerging Leader Fellow said: "The Programme has enabled me to be in a better position to influence change. It has also helped me to empower those people around me who make up the organisation. I would definitely recommend the Programme. I have learnt a lot about myself that will help me throughout my career."

The Programme offers a blended approach which allows for self-directed learning, while providing the opportunity to work together with a group of peers who will support, challenge and inspire each other.

James Grant from SSAFA and 2019 Cobseo Emerging Leader Fellow emphasised the benefits of working and learning with other leaders, "Impartial advice from others is incredibly powerful and that’s been the single most effective thing on this course. It wouldn’t have happened had we not all been on this together and we’re going to stay in touch and keep doing it."

This was supported by Kath Lawrence, from The SCiP Alliance and 2019 Cobseo Emerging Leader Fellow, who added:

I’ve learnt a lot of skills but I’ve mainly learnt to change my approach and be much more collaborative, and reach out to other people.

Starting in May 2020, the next Programme will run for six months. Applications are open until 3 February 2020 with 24 places available for emerging leaders with a minimum of three years’ leadership experience in the social sector.

This partnership between Cobseo, FiMT and Clore Social Leadership has been established to help increase the sector’s effectiveness and ultimately improve outcomes for the organisations’ beneficiaries. This is the innovative and system changing approach to which the partners are committed.

Alan Owen from The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association and 2019 Cobseo Emerging Leader Fellow commented, "[What I have learned on the Programme] is empowering others, listening to others, giving them a role. It’s a fantastic Programme. It’s been life-changing for me, it’s been life-changing for our charity. It’s given me a much better work-life balance."

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Cobseo Emerging Leader Programme for another year and I would urge those at the beginning of their leadership journey to apply for this bespoke Programme. The positive outcomes for previous fellows have been clear. Fellows have become more confident, resilient and self-aware; their horizons have been widened; and they have an established network now which they can lean on as they progress through their careers.

“This Programme is unique and innovative and, importantly for all sizes of Armed Forces charities, it is also affordable. It will ensure that the sector continues to work collaboratively and efficiently for years to come, and our core funding provides a good example of our mission to improve the effectiveness of the whole sector.”

Shaks Ghosh CBE, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership, added, “It is a pleasure to continue our successful collaboration with Cobseo and Forces in Mind Trust. The support of these forward-thinking organisations is not only vital to the impact of the Programme, but are also testament to their unwavering commitment to the Service Charities sector."

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