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.
The 2013 Fellowship Review has recently been sent out to UK Fellows, and an electronic version is available to download.
The Fellowship's annual School Leadership Day was held on Thursday 11 September; as last year, it was in the shadow of Westminster Cathedral, with thirty-five School Fellows meeting in the Hinsley Room. The main activity was working in groups to create short videos about Leadership: we look forward to featuring these on this site in the near future. Fellows also enjoyed the wise contributions of Joey Newton, Chairman of the Rank Foundation, and Jason Chaffer, Chairman of the Fellowship. Fellows LIndsey Clay and Toby Keel gave their personal perspectives on how one might usefully connect with the Fellowship and the Foundation. Many thanks to everyone who took part in a really enjoyable day.
The School Fellows are under way with their summer of Community Action Placements, two weeks with one of the inspirational charities which have come under the Rank banner over the years. Lucy Hyland (pictured) has had a great time with Hop, Skip and Jump, while new Fellows Robert Warwood-Hart and Tom Elgar have gained a huge amount from their first placements. Reports back from the charities have also been wonderfully positive: the founder of Hop, Skip and Jump described Lucy as a "WOW", Liz Halloran at Newquay reported that Robert "has left an imprint on all our hearts", while Wesley's Chapel reported that Tom far surpassed all their expectations. These Fellows' reports and others can be readhere.