The application process to find the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Specialist Fellow for the Clore Social Leadership Programme in 2017 has now opened.

Following two FiMT Specialist Fellowship awards to date on the programme (one for each of 2015 and 2016), aspiring social leaders are being invited to apply from today, 12 July 2016,  for the next one-year programme, which will start January 2017.

This one-year programme identifies, connects and develops individuals who have ambition to lead social change in their communities, organisations and the world around them, through a combination of activities, such as residential learning courses, executive coaching, a provocative writing piece and a secondment.  FiMT is delighted to be sponsoring four Fellows on Clore Social Leadership’s programme, one per year starting from 2015, to help encourage deeper connections and shared learning between military charities and the wider social sector, which in turn should enable more innovative and collaborative service delivery.

The first FiMT Specialist Fellow, Dr Jane Rowley, completed a piece of research at the end of 2015 entitled ‘What more can we do to support ex-Services personnel? An investigation into Post Traumatic Growth and the Role of Expert Companions’.  Jane went on to implement this learning over a three-month secondment with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

FiMT’s second Specialist Fellow, Marie-Louise Sharp, is halfway through her Fellowship and plans to write a provocation piece on why research needs to be conducted into the treatment of Gulf War illness(es) to support UK veterans who may have been affected. She has shared her reflections on the progress of her Fellowship so far in a blog, which you can read here.

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to make a significant and lasting contribution to the work of the Armed Forces charity sector.  Our first two Specialist Fellowships attracted high-calibre and experienced individuals and have already led to the production of some insightful and thoughtful work that is valuable to both the military charity and wider social sectors.”

Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with FiMT where together we aim to serve Armed Forces charities with their leadership needs.  Working collaboratively with the sector is imperative to identify and develop future leaders who will guide their organisations for the benefit the wider community.”

Applications to Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship 2017 programme are now open.  Visit Clore Social Leadership’s website at for further information or to make an application.


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About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

  • 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 make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
  • FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes 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 Veterans’ 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 Clore Social Leadership Programme

 The Clore Social Leadership Programme develops leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.

The organisation helps make social change happen by supporting and investing in people – people who can become leaders with the resilience, self-awareness and capabilities to tackle the social challenges of the 21st century.

It was initiated by the Clore Duffield Foundation in 2007 with the aim of strengthening leadership across the third sector, and officially launched in 2009 later becoming a separate charity in 2010.