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Meet our 2020 Cobseo Emerging Leader participants

We are thrilled to announce the names of our new participants on the 2020 Cobseo Emerging Leader Programme, an intensive six-month leadership development journey designed to strengthen networks within the Armed Forces Charity Sector and build agile, resilient, and generous leadership capabilities.

The 2020 cohort consists of leaders working across a variety of Armed Forces Charity Sector organisations, including SSAFA, Veterans Growth, Royal Navy Royal Marines Children’s Fund, Welsh Local Government Association, Naval Families Federation, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Blesma, Combat Stress, and more.

We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Cobseo and the Forces in Mind Trust, who are generously supporting this leadership development programme for the third consecutive year. This partnership 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.

Commenting on this year’s cohort, Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust said:

“We are very pleased to be supporting this excellent programme for another year. It brings together some of the best emerging leaders in the Armed Forces Charity Sector, offering them access to a bespoke training and development programme. Nobody should lead alone, and this programme allows its Fellows to develop a mutually supportive network across the sector.

By convening these emerging leaders on such a training programme, we are proactively investing in the future capacity of the Armed Forces Charity Sector. The Fellows are all exceptional individuals, and we have no doubt that they will continue to make a positive mark wherever they go.”

Nobody should lead alone, and this programme allows its Fellows to develop a mutually supportive network across the sector
Ray Lock CBE Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust

Drawing on all aspects of our Social Leaders Capabilities Framework, this intensive leadership development journey aims to develop inspirational, empowering, courageous, focused, passionate and generous leadership capabilities. Participants will learn through real-world challenges, while using a variety of techniques - all designed to equip them with the tools necessary to develop their skills and effectively tackle the Armed Forces Charity Sector’s challenges.

Commenting on their experience of the programme, previous participants have said the programme offered a safe space for reflection and learning from other leaders:

“The programme provided time to reflect and a safe space to take on challenges and step out of my comfort zone, learning both with and from my fellow participants” says Katherine Lawrence, Head of Operations at the SCiP Alliance, 2019 Cobseo Emerging Leader Fellow

The programme provided time to reflect and a safe space to take on challenges
Katherine Lawrence Head of Operations, SCiP Alliance

"The Programme created a safe environment where we could learn, grow and develop from each other. I found it enlightening to be able to share experiences, thoughts and ideas with peers from my sector. It was important to realise how people react differently to situations. With understanding comes the knowledge of behaving in a way that brings the best of everyone to the table”, says Serena Cecchinato, Operations Director at Give Us Time, 2019 Cosbeo Emerging Leader Fellow

This year’s successful Cobseo Emerging Leader Fellows are:

  • Adrian Leslie, The Royal British Legion
  • Adrienne Drury, SSAFA
  • Alice Turbine, Royal British Legion Industries
  • Andrew Kochman, The Royal British Legion
  • Charlotte Fiander, Cobseo – The Confederation of Service Charities
  • Garry Burns, Combat Stress
  • Hilary Pearce, Communities Fiji Britain
  • Isabel Summers, Forces in Mind Trust
  • Jason Stevens, Veterans Growth
  • John Harry Reed, Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity
  • Justin Phillips, SSAFA
  • Kate Billingham Wilson, ABF The Soldiers Charity
  • Lorna Dorrell, Blesma
  • Lucy Heaver, Naval Families Federation
  • Millie Taylor, Welsh Local Government Association
  • Philip Town, SSAFA
  • Rachel Tribble, SSAFA
  • Sara Smith, Royal Navy Royal Marines Children’s Fund
  • Sarah Wilson, Veterans Growth
  • Tracey Berridge, SSAFA

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