Chris Sherwood, who has been Chief Executive of the RSPCA since August 2018. Before that Chris was CEO at Relatefor 3 years having previously been their Director of Policy, Communications and Digital Services.
Before that he had roles as Director of Innovation and Development at Scopeand Senior Development Manager at Nestawhere he led their work on Co-production, People Powered Health and Ageing. Prior to joining the voluntary sector he worked in local government while studying for his degree.
Strategy development with multiple stakeholder groups – Starting with the Why – that leads naturally to the how; cross organisational workshops and engaging the branch network; needing it to be ‘sticky’
External support – informal through peers and formal through working with consultants who can be a sounding board and share learning from others or help to produce content, facilitate workshops etc
44:00 – Reflections on career progress – benefit of mentoring, management development training e.g. Diploma in Company Direction at Salford University, Bayes courses, Society of Leadership Fellows St George’s House, Windsor, learning tools such as the Boff method (Behaviour, Outcomes, Feelings, Future), networking, prioritising professional development, taking time to reflect on practice
Stepping out of your comfort zone
Stepping up from Director to CEO
Doing the wrong thing to get the CEO role at Relate
Moving from me to we and being a leader of leaders
“Look outside your organisation, reach out to other networks, find a mentor, learn from others. That’s what’s helped me in my career. Starting with I don’t know the answer but I’m going to find someone who does.”
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