There's so much to say about my 10 years at this fabulous organisation.
The most rewarding times were probably supporting charity effectiveness and development - visits to the front line of social action, whether in the UK or abroad, to support, advise, assess and, yes, monitor (usually enjoyable for both sides!). From small community organisations wanting to learn more about how to plan a proportionate evaluation strategy, to coaching cross-continent teams to enhance the effectiveness of their programmes, it was always a huge privilege to enable and to build capacity.
Internally, my most impactful work must have been my work on the 2015-2020 People in the Lead Strategy - comprising internal & external engagement and consultation, thought leadership and strategy drafting.
On various Big Lottery Fund initiatives I provided team creation and leadership, external relationship management, internal and external communications support, and change management support. Conference design and management for the Board and Country Committees as well as regular reporting/feeding back to, and writing on behalf of, the Chief Executive.
I've been fairly involved in national initiatives as an advisor and partner to government on third sector issues, needs and priorities, for example I was heavily involved in the initial ideas and more detailed development of What Works Centre
for Wellbeing with the ONS, PHE & Cabinet Office, and in data sharing discussions with Office for Civil Society.
Finally, over the years I was involved in all aspects of funding design, assessment, management and product development including on the International programme, the UK Funding Portfolio, systems change programmes such as Improving Futures and smaller grants programmes.