School Leadership Day Report
School Leadership Day
11 September 2008
Twenty-five School Fellows gathered at Paddington Arts for the fourth School Leadership Day. They had come from as far away as the north of Scotland and as near as New Cross. Jason Chaffer, Gill Zammett and Tim Young provided a warm welcome. Emma Watson Mack, accustomed to getting Goldman Sachs bankers to shed their inhibitions, had devised a skilful form of human bingo to help with the process of introduction and interaction. Charlie Harris and Tasha Heny were there to represent the Foundation's CAP and GAP programmes, while trustees Lindsay Fox and Micky St.Aldwyn also dropped in.
Most of the Fellows had done at least one Community Action Placement already, making it easy for Bryony and the team from Truetube to set up the challenges of making a video arising from the experiences of a placement. This was a task which became a running theme throughout the day and which culminated in an impressive video on the Truetube site, which can be seen here.
Fred Packard, the Chairman of The Rank Foundation, always makes a deep impression at the Leadership Day and his short address touched on the background to the School Leadership Award Scheme as well as the importance of making unpopular decisons when the occasion demands it.
Emma Watson Mack spoke about the challenges she had faced when commanding in the army and also the exciting demands made by her present role as Head of European Events at Goldman Sachs.
Stephen Day, Fellow and formerly British Ambassador to Qatar and Tunisia, chaired a fascinating panel discussion involving two leaders from the Arab world, Noomane Fehri from Tunisia and Ibrahim Natil who runs the Society Voice Foundation under the most difficult circumstances in Gaza.
After a delicious lunch prepared by Carole Lewis and Jan Carter from The Rank Foundation, supplemented by the Lisboa Patisserie's finest baked goods, Jason Chaffer spoke about the philosophy behind the Rank Fellowship and the Fellowship's wish to support younger Fellows as well as charities. A viewing of the Truetube video completed a very full day.