At the start of her Fellowship, 2010 Clore Social Fellow Rowena Lewis was Head of Fundraising and Development at the Fawcett Society. In November 2011, Rowena was appointed Director of Fundraising at Gingerbread, the single parent support charity.

For her Fellowship secondment Rowena lead the Philanthropy Review, Chaired by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett. The Review set out to be a fresh look at reshaping philanthropy to encourage more people to give and people to give more. The Review published its charter and call-to-action in June 2011 and is now available at www.philanthropyreview.co.uk.

Rowena’s practice-based research report, Close to Parity was launched in January 2012 and shone a spotlight on women’s representation in the voluntary sector, to inspire debate and to celebrate the rich diversity of women leaders that drive the sector.

Since its publication Rowena has regularly been asked to speak on  issues gender and leadership and has championed the need for greater womens leadership in the sector through media pieces and speaking engagements in the House of Lords.

Reflecting on her Fellowship in December 2011, Rowena summarised her experience:

“Without a shadow of a doubt the experience has been invaluable and I feel hugely privileged not only to have been selected as a Clore Social Fellow. In short, I would say that the Fellowship has accelerated my own leadership development and afforded me the space to make a solid contribution to the voluntary sector as a full time Fellow.”

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