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 fourteen 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 is a helpful overview and an electronic version is available to download.
Once again Thinkbox TV, led by Fellow Lindsey Clay and her team, proved superb hosts for a lively and productive Mentoring Evening. Those established in their careers were there to offer advice and the launch of a network of younger Fellows for advice and support was a great initiative. Thirty-five Fellows, family and friends enjoyed a brilliant couple of hours, followed by a Turkish feast in a nearby restaurant.
Leadership Day 2015 took place for thirty-eight School Leadership Award holders in the shadow of Westminster Cathedral. It was a day when the enthusiasm of those who came (from every corner of the UK) bowled over the Trustees of the Rank Foundation who attended. Simon Beaufoy, Rank Fellow and film writer, gave a wonderful talk and answered a huge range of questions with wit and empathy. He brought his Oscar (slightly dented and surprisingly heavy) so everyone had the chance to hold it. Successful and life-changing Community Action Placements were a strong theme for discussion and report throughout the day. As one School Fellow fed back afterwards: " I loved every second".