Being self-employed for under 18 months, and having had my second baby during that time, I have to get on with networking and raising my profile a little sooner than I would usually have considered returning to work in a permanent role. I need to work to pay the bills, but importantly, to retain my […]Read More The myth of Superwoman, AKA the working mum
(Image: Oxfam NZ) The sector has been rocked over the last week as details of historic misconduct across some of Oxfam’s international relief programmes were revealed: sexual harassment, use of sex workers, threats of physical abuse and broader bullying. The fact that this happened isn’t surprising to me; as many have commented, it is not […]Read More Oxfam: charity leaders need to act as guardians of brand values
This week the press have jumped on the news that the Charity Commission has given an official warning to the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. There has been a massive conflict of interest that hasn’t been managed properly – the founder and her daughter have been paid – and some exceptionally poor financial management. Here […]Read More Governance crisis? Help is at hand!
What’s the problem? I couldn’t believe the traction that the National Trust ‘story’ gained over the weekend, with the Daily Mail headline on Saturday being Mutiny at the National Trust. There’s slightly more to it than some volunteers in Norfolk refusing to wear a pride-themed badge, in that allegedly some of them refused in protest […]Read More Learning from National Trust
I’ve gone freelance by accident. After having my delightful, gorgeous, exceptionally noisy baby boy, I had fully intended to go back to my role at Toynbee Hall. Then we moved out of London. So, I’ve decided to go it alone. Having worked as a consultant at NCVO and provided voluntary consultancy support through Small Charities […]Read More Going it alone
I’ve found it difficult to write a blog over the past 11months. In part, after finishing my MSc I’ve stopped habitually working weekends (a good thing on many levels) leaving little time to write. Having also moved jobs from working as a consultant with many charities to working only for Toynbee Hall, the content would […]Read More Reflections on leadership
This week I started as Head of Development at Toynbee Hall. My job is to grow unrestricted income for the organisation, which is likely to come from a mix of corporate, individual and major donor giving, but after just five days, rather unsurprisingly, what that looks like and how we focus our effort, I haven’t […]Read More The first week: Toynbee Hall and Mozart