The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful transition back to civilian life, has announced the award of not one but three successful FiMT Specialist Fellowships on Clore Social Leadership’s 2017 Fellowship programme: Vikki Muir, Grants and Welfare Executive Officer at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Elizabeth George, Head of Fundraising at The Poppy Factory; and Louise Simpson, Policy and Research Director at the Army Families Federation.
FiMT has sponsored a Specialist Fellowship each year on Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship programme since 2015, the aim being to build a supportive cohort of FiMT Specialist Fellows, who through this leadership and network development opportunity are able to encourage deeper connections and shared learning between military charities and the wider social sector.
Vikki Muir, Grants and Welfare Executive Officer at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and FiMT Specialist Fellow 2017, said: “I am very keen to better understand and explore how civilian organisations demonstrate their outcomes to potential beneficiaries and the wider world. Using this understanding will enable The Soldiers’ Charity, as well as the military charity sector as whole, to illustrate the impact that our funding makes on both our individual beneficiaries and the breadth of organisations that we support.”
Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said: “This will be our third year of funding a FiMT Specialist Fellowship. Our two previous Specialist Fellows brought different approaches and experiences, but the common factor is their professionalism, drive and commitment to making the most of this leadership development year. Not only have these Fellows grown personally through the challenging programme elements, they have each left behind a significant individual contribution to the work of the Armed Forces charities sector. They’re tough acts to follow, but we’ve once again attracted high-calibre individuals from the military not-for-profit sector, and we’re looking forward to seeing what insights and collaborative learning opportunities our 2017 Fellows can share across this sector.”
Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive of Clore Social Leadership, said: “Today’s social leaders are required to work in an increasingly complex environment. Our new Social Leaders’ Capabilities Framework was developed incorporating current issues and foresight trends, and our 2017 Fellows will be immersed in it to ensure they understand what is required of them to help alleviate future needs and challenges.”