Armed Forces Charities Sector leadership programme awards 20+ places for emerging leaders

Clore Social Leadership, together with the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), and Cobseo are delighted to announce details of over 20 successful emerging leaders who will participate in the second Cobseo Emerging Leader Programme designed for the Armed Forces charities sector and core funded by FiMT.

The Cobseo Emerging Leader Programme is a 6-month leadership development journey aimed at emerging leaders working in the Armed Forces charities sector. Designed in partnership with Cobseo and FiMT, the programme will seek to build agile, resilient and effective leadership while consolidating solidarity, collaboration and joint action within the sector.

The 2019 cohort consists of over twenty leaders working in a variety of Armed Forces charities sector organisations, including larger charities such as SSAFA, Poppyscotland, The Royal British Legion and Seafarers UK, as well as smaller ones, for example Bravehound and East Sussex Veterans’ Hub.

Commenting on the 2019 intake, Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust and a Cobseo Executive Committee member said:

“We are delighted to be funding this second bespoke Cobseo version of Clore’s prestigious Emerging Leader Programme, particularly in light of the achievements of participants on the inaugural programme last year.

Some of FiMT’s aims are to encourage collaboration and enhance leadership, thus strengthening the Armed Forces charities sector. The Clore programme is a perfect example of this in action. This programme delivers a measurable impact on the broader sector and the benefit to the participants will also enable them to empower their colleagues. All of the Cobseo Executive Committee and FiMT wish the 2019 participants well with the programme, and we’re looking forward to engaging with our future senior leaders.”

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their social leadership abilities and utilise their applied learnings in team challenges to immediately transfer the skills they gain from the programme back into their organisations.

Commenting on the impact of the previous programme, Rob Thorburn, Grants Officer at the Forces in Mind Trust, said:

“The programme is a holistic leadership experience and you benefit from the support of experts and peers. It will give you and your organisation the best possible preparation in order to confidently lead and succeed in your working life.”

As it builds on all aspects of Clore Social’s Social Leaders’ Capabilities Framework, the programme will help leaders become more empowered, focused, and generous, so that they can effectively transform the Armed Forces charities sector to meet current and future challenges, and lead social change.

The 2019 Cobseo Emerging Leader participants are:

• Alan Owen, The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
• Allie Hack, Jon Egging Trust
• Antoine Sahyoun, Victory Services Club
• Dawn Ingram, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
• Elisabeth Winkler Lawrence Bravehound
• Iain Boyle, East Sussex Veterans’ Hub
• James Grant, SSAFA
• Jenna McCormick, Poppyscotland
• Jenny Minhinnick, The Royal Star & Garter Homes
• Katherine Lawrence, The SCiP Alliance
• Kevin Hartley, Veterans information CIC
• Laura Pett, The Royal British Legion
• Michelle Alston, Army Families Federation
• Natalie Urbaniak, SUPPORT OUR PARAS
• Prema Nirgude, Royal Air Forces Association
• Sandra Parton, Hounds for Heroes
• Sarah Clewes, Royal Naval Association
• Sarah Fernandes, Hounds for Heroes
• Sarah Harold, SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity
• Serena Cecchinato, Give Us Time
• Stephen Oatley, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
• Tina Barnes, Seafarers UK
• Tommy Lowther, Sportingforce

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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 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 Cobseo

  • Cobseo – The Confederation of Service Charities – represents, promotes, and furthers the interest of the Armed Forces Community. Its purpose is to maximise the effectiveness, efficiency, and influence of the Service Charity Sector to positively enhance the lives of beneficiaries in the Armed Forces Community.  As a membership organisation, it provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government and all other key stakeholders on behalf of its Members. It achieves its aims by facilitating the exchange and co-ordination of information, identifying issues of common concern and co-ordinating any appropriate action, and representing and supporting the needs and opinions of members.
  • Cobseo has a membership of almost 300 charities and organisations.
  • The Cobseo Executive Committee consists of eight permanent and nine elected member organisations. The chief executives of each are the director of Cobseo, and the Committee meets quarterly to manage Cobseo’s business.
  • Cobseo’s principal mechanism for embedding co-operation and collaboration across the Sector is through a series of functional Clusters where organisations specialising in each Cluster subject area come together to raise issues, identify solutions, make recommendations for action and/or improvement, and determine best practice.
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