Search begins for the fourth year of FiMT’s Specialist Fellows on Clore’s Experienced Leader Programme

The 2018 Clore Experienced Leaders Programme (ELP) is now open for applications. The one-year programme, starting in January, is open to individuals with six to ten years’ experience as a social sector leader and once again Forces in Mind Trust is offering to fund Specialist Fellowships.

The ELP is designed to further develop leaders who have ambition to drive social change in their communities and organisations. Clore Social has recently updated the Programme in response to in-depth sector research and consultation which showed participants would benefit from schemes tailored to specific levels of experience, with Clore 6 Cobseo designed for the Emerging leaders in the sector.

This new scheme identifies, connects and develops individuals who have ambition to lead social change in their communities, organisations and the world around them. The development comprises executive coaching, peer coaching, action learning, a leadership thought piece, residential learning from world class leadership experts, a ‘real world challenge’ and a secondment.

FiMT’s sponsorship encourages Fellows with interests in the Armed Forces Community to develop deeper connections and shared learning between the military charities and wider social sectors.

Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with FiMT. Together we aim to serve Armed Forces charities enabling them to develop their future leaders and build upon collaborative working.”

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, says: “This is a bold development and an opportunity that entirely complements our inaugural Clore6: Cobseo programme.  In previous years, these Specialist Fellowships have attracted high-calibre and experienced individuals who have already brought innovation and collaboration to the heart of our sector.

“Clore Social’s development of the Experienced Leader Programme will make our Specialist Fellowships more accessible, and more available. These are exciting times for leadership in the Service charities sector.”

Visit Clore Social Leadership’s website at for further information or to make an application.


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 will be hosted on the Veterans Research Hub at Anglia Ruskin University, which is going live in Autumn 2017. 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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