In 2008, following the success of the Clore Leadership Programme for the cultural sector, the Clore Duffield Foundation established the Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP). The catalyst was evidence from the social sector of minimal training provision for those with leadership potential for the future, unlike the public and private sectors where aspiring leadership is often supported. CSLP is a unique programme that offers fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector through mentoring, coaching, an extended secondment, practice-based research and a range of training opportunities.
We funded a Fellowship in the first cohort selected in October 2009, and have been actively involved as a funder and supporter of the Programme ever since under our Maximising Social and Cultural Value theme. Reflecting a key area of interest to the Foundation, the focus of this year’s Gulbenkian Fellowship (Mark Richardson, a 2011 Clore Social Fellow) is on the issues experienced by adults with multiple needs. The Foundation has been able to assist his Fellowship by providing links to other organisations active in this field – particularly the MEAM coalition – and suggest possible secondments and other opportunities. A second Gulbenkian Fellowship is available for 2012 and will focus on migration and transnationality.
CSLP has been housed at the UK Branch’s offices in Hoxton for the past two years which has extended opportunities for collaboration. Beyond the strong link with our own Gulbenkian Fellow, the Foundation has both been able to support and learn from the programme and its Fellows through shared events and research. The Foundation’s experience of cross-disciplinary, cross-border working is helping to shape the future strategy of CSLP while the expertise and inspiration of the Fellows themselves has provided the Foundation’s staff with valuable learning and networking opportunities.
“The Clore Social Leadership Programme has been delighted by the generous support provided by the Gulbenkian Foundation – both in terms of funding and ‘in kind’. The Foundation is a creative and flexible funder whose staff listen to and engage with the organisations they support. This feels like a real partnership, and one we are keen to continue to develop in innovative ways as our Programme develops.” Dame Mary Marsh, Founding Director, Clore Social Leadership Programme.