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 Emerging Leader 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 an awful 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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About Clore Social Leadership

We support and develop social leaders so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. We help make social change happen by investing in people and enabling them to become resilient, connected and collaborative leaders with the right capabilities to tackle the social challenges of the 21st Century.

Our vision: A social sector led with skill, efficiency and ethical values

Our mission: To provide social leaders with appropriate, affordable and quality leadership development.

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About Forces in Mind Trust

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. FiMT delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery, and by strengthening the Armed Forces charities sector through collaboration and leadership, and by building its capacity.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better-informed decisions can be made.

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About The Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo)

Cobseo exists to represent the needs of its membership comprising 279 Full and Associate Members, including Service and civilian charities and organisations, which support Serving and ex-Serving personnel and their families. It uses its collective strength to inform, guide and influence those who engage with the Armed Forces community in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries, and does so through the facilitation and encouragement of cooperation and collaboration. or