Transition coaching and senior team recruitment for national charity
I was first introduced to the SCM four years ago, when their National Coordinator Hilary Topp attended two of my training courses: How to Delegate and An Introduction to Coaching. We kept in touch informally and I provided occasional advice. Subsequently several of her team attended several of my open training courses based at BVSC Birmingham.
Coaching for transition at work
Not long after Hilary asked me to provide six months of coaching support to Simon, her temporary replacement whilst she was on maternity leave. During this time, I helped him to develop his leadership skills and to design and facilitate a strategy away day. The away day included a review of the organisation’s vision and mission as well as developing a decentralised approach to providing student support.
On Hilary’s return to work I was re-engaged to provide her with three focused coaching sessions. This helped her to explore a work/life balance that better supported her young family and resulted in her decision set up as a freelance facilitator. My connection with Hilary continues and I have been able to introduce her to a local training provider who will showcase her courses.
Recruitment support and senior team restructure
The charity trustees made two attempts to recruit a replacement. They were not successful and they invited me to project manage a review and recruitment for a new head of the charity.
The project included a review of the role which had a knock on impact on to the other senior roles, including reviewing salary levels. The project highlighted the opportunity to streamline and improve the whole recruitment process including adverts, use of social media, shortlisting and interview process. SCM’s trustees have now appointed their first CEO who will start in February 2020.
During this period of transition I am providing close support to the senior trustees and the Operations Manager. It’s a relationship which I find very rewarding and enjoy seeing the organisation continue to develop and grow.
Who are the Student Christian Movement?
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) is a Birmingham based charity with a UK and international reach. It’s decision making body, the General Council, is made up of students and recent graduates making it a fully lead student-led movement.
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