Nurturing leaders for the benefit of society
The Rank Fellowship is a network of alumni of the Rank Foundation School Leadership Award. The Award was one of the first structured schemes put into place by the charitable trust originally established by Lord Rank. It provides financial support so that young people with outstanding leadership potential are able to complete their education.
Since 1978 over thirteen hundred teenage boys and girls have benefited from financial assistance from the Rank Foundation's School Leadership Award. The Rank Fellowship is open to past and present beneficiaries of the Rank Foundation's Leadership Award (know as "Fellows"). There are also a number of Honorary Fellows. It promotes networking and mutual support among Fellows and encourages them to invest time and effort in voluntary activities, thereby contributing to a better society.
Many congratulations to Rank Fellow Hamish Rosser, who has initiated a brilliant new way for school communities to raise funds for local charities. Hamish, in the Lower Sixth at Reading Blue Coat School, has devised a School Busker website, which showcases videos of music-makers at the school and invites people to watch the videos and make a small donation to nominated local charities. Hamish's pioneer website can be seen here. It now just remains to launch it and spread it to other schools. A superb idea!
Around forty Fellows and friends gathered at Thinkbox TV for the 2013 Mentoring Evening. It was generally adjudged to have been a great success, importantly by the younger Fellows who came from as far away as Truro, Worcester and Sedbergh to talk to their more experienced counterparts about career pathways and foundations. Many thanks to Lindsey Clay, Managing Director at Thinkbox, who, with her colleagues Jaine, Alex and Alanna, ensured that the venue worked perfectly, both for conversation and for social relaxation.
Five young Fellows took a brilliant initiative and the result was an inspiring and hugely enjoyable "Think Big, Start Small" evening in London in November. Jason Chaffer's Manchester Square Partners HQ was an ideal venue for good Fellowship and the sharing of ideas about how to make a difference, either by starting a charity, developing existing momentum or embarking on a one-off fundraiser. Take a bow, Tessa and Antonia Packard, Max Kirby, Adam Grodecki and Tom Motchman!
The Mentoring Evening video?