Forces in Mind Trust commits to supporting Experienced Leaders of the Armed Forces Community through Clore Social Leadership

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has pledged support for six funded Specialist Fellowships on Clore Social Leadership’s 2020 Experienced Leader Programme. The one-year programme, starting in January, is open to individuals with six or more years’ experience as a social sector leader.

Building on the success and learning from five years of partnership with Clore Social Leadership, the FiMT Fellowships will promote leadership within and connections between the military and social sectors. The programme is aimed at those who have ambition to drive social change in their communities and organisations and have an interest in the Armed Forces Community. Anna Wright, CEO of Naval Families Federation is an FiMT-funded Fellow,

“I found [the Experienced Leader Programme] to be really inspiring and enjoyable. I met some wonderful people also in leadership roles but operating in different spheres to the military charity sector. It was fascinating and very informative to hear how things are done differently. My two deputies participated in [another Clore Social Leadership Programme]. I believe that we have all ‘grown’, as a result, to the benefit of our organisation. We are certainly more outward-looking and more collaborative with other organisations. I believe we are more ambitious in terms of setting goals that will benefit our beneficiaries.”

The programme helps build social leadership capabilities, confidence, effectiveness, self-awareness, resilience and overall impact through working with others. It comprises a number of activities including executive coaching, action learning and a secondment.

Shaks Ghosh CBE, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership, said:

“We are delighted to announce our continued partnership with Forces in Mind Trust to support our 2020 Experienced Leader Programme. Through investing in the development of their leaders, the Armed Forces and Service Charities sector highlights the importance of like-minded organisations working together to address shared challenges. It is a pleasure to be partnering with such a forward thinking organisation, and we look forward to working with a new cohort of FiMT-supported leaders.”

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said:

“We are delighted to continue to support Clore Social Leadership’s Experienced Leader Programme. We have seen how the programme has continued to deliver excellent results which have benefited the Fellows, their respective organisations and most importantly, the people with whom they work, namely the Armed Forces Community. This is a unique funding model that enables the sub-sector to mutually support individual organisations to become collectively stronger. It’s another example of the collaboration between the Armed Forces charities which is at the forefront of civil society. By investing in the leaders of today, we are increasing the capability of the military and social sectors to make lasting change.”

Applications close on 18 November 2019. For more information and to apply, visit:

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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