FiMT’s Specialist Fellows on the Clore Social Leadership 2018 Experienced Leader Programme

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is delighted to announce the five Specialist FiMT Fellows who have been selected to take part in the newly remodelled Clore Experienced Leader Programme:

  • Anna Wright, Chief Executive, Naval Families Federation;
  • Gareth Murrell, Chief Executive, Veterans at Ease;
  • Kerry-Louise McGeachy, Contract Manager, Victim Support Dorset;
  • Matthew Seward, Assistant Director, The Royal British Legion; and
  • Theresa Mary Pratt, Operations Director, Aggie Weston’s.

Designed to fit around the needs of those with existing commitments, Clore Social’s Experienced Leader Programme is a one-year programme for professionals with 6-10 years’ experience as a social sector leader who wish to engage in sector wide leadership by developing their existing leadership skills.

The programme uses a blended approach to learning, including online training, residentials, action learning, coaching, mentoring and a secondment, with time for reflection and a ‘real world’ challenge project to put into practice the newly gained skills and tools they can then take back to their organizations.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said: “Forces in Mind Trust believes passionately in collaboration and capacity building within the Armed Forces charity sector.”

“We are delighted to announce the five FiMT Specialist Fellows who will participate in this newly launched Experienced Leader Programme for 2018. Clore is offering, for the first time, a flexible learning package that allows senior social sector leaders to fit self-development around their busy day-to-day schedules, using proven learning methods and opportunities where they can share their experiences and learning with one another to further develop their leadership ability, the result of which can only benefit their organisation and the social sector, and achieve positive social change where it is needed.  This programme also complements our ‘Clore 6: Cobseo’ emerging leaders programme, currently underway.”

You can see more detail on each of the FiMT Specialist Fellows here.


Note to Editor:  Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Tina McKay, Communications Officer at FiMT on or on 07956 101132 or 0207 901 8916.

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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