The Cobseo Emerging Leader programme gave me so much more than I expected. When I plucked up the confidence to submit my application in the hope of expanding my narrow network in the military charity sector, I had no idea how transformative it would be, not only professionally but also personally. I felt welcomed, supported and part of something special and I would advise anyone else considering or starting on this journey to embrace it with openness, curiosity and a willingness to be vulnerable.
With a background in education, I’m used to supporting young people to know themselves, to identify the paths to their goals and to have the confidence to go for it; until now I hadn’t thought how to apply these lessons to myself. 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.