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Review - of The Rank Fellowship 2007

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									Review
of The Rank Fellowship




                 2007
The Rank Foundation
The Rank Foundation was set up in  by J Arthur Rank. The company he founded,
The Rank Organisation plc, was a dominating influence on British film in the middle
of the twentieth century. Lord and Lady Rank undertook a wide range of charitable
work during their lives and their commitment continues through the work of the Rank
Foundation, a grant-giving charitable trust which is restricted to causes within the
UK approved by the Charity Commission. It concentrates exclusively on: encouraging
and developing leadership amongst young people; supporting disadvantaged
young people and those frail or lonely through old age or disability; the promotion of
Christian principles through film and other media.
www.rankfoundation.com



The Rank Fellowship
The Rank Fellowship was launched in November 00 to mark  years of the Rank
Foundation School Leadership Award, a bursary scheme funded and administered by
the Rank Foundation, a grant-giving charitable trust.


Since , over ,000 teenage boys and girls have benefited from financial assistance
from the Rank Foundation’s School Leadership Award. In order to qualify for the Award,
pupils must be at a participating independent school, be in need of financial support
to complete their school careers and be judged by the Head to possess outstanding
leadership potential.


The Rank Fellowship is open to past and present beneficiaries of the Rank Foundation’s
Leadership Award (referred to here as “Fellows”). It promotes networking and mutual
support among Fellows and encourages them to invest time and effort in voluntary
activities, thereby contributing to a better society. The Rank Fellowship is already
geared up to provide practical opportunities for Fellows to lend their skills and
experience to specific not-for-profit or charitable organisations, including those
supported by the Rank Foundation.
www.rankfellowship.org
Foreword
By Fred Packard



Dear Rank Fellow,


It is a real pleasure for me to introduce the first Rank Fellowship Review, and for those
people that are not yet fully aware of our activities it is perhaps best to start with a
brief history of our organisation.


The story begins in the 1950s when my grandfather, J. Arthur Rank, left most of his
fortune to a charity, which he named The Rank Foundation. He died in 1972, but by
then the Foundation’s charitable activities were already well focused on helping less
privileged young people, the elderly, the sick, the handicapped and the homeless.


In 1978, my father (who succeeded my grandfather on his death as Chairman) had
the inspired idea of creating a bursary scheme to help young people of outstanding
leadership potential stay on at their schools for their Sixth Form years after their
parents had encountered severe financial difficulties.


Needless to say, you were such a person, even though at the time you may not have
known which charitable organisation had helped you. Only in 1992, did the Rank
Foundation decide to tell their bursary recipients about its help.


In 2003, after three years of being Chairman, I decided to
create The Rank Fellowship with the aim of
putting together all the alumni of
the Rank Leadership Scheme
since 1978.


Our goals are very straightforward.
First, we want people to enjoy each
other’s company, benefit from each
other’s experiences and perspectives,
and help each other in general, with
special emphasis on giving guidance
and advice to those still at school and
university, or beginning their careers.
In addition, we are keen to present
Fellows with interesting and stimulating
opportunities to help people who are much
less fortunate than themselves, by introducing
                                                                                        The invitation to the first Rank Fellowship
                                                                                         reception for bursary recipients, all of
                                                                                         whom had previously been unaware of
                                                                                         the identity of their benefactor.


                                                                                                                                       
                                      them to a wide spectrum of charities that are looking for volunteer help in a multitude
                                      of different ways.


                                      If you have not yet seen what the Rank Fellowship is all about, I do urge you to at least
                                      take a look and find out more about its activities. It may well be that having looked
                                      at what we do you find nothing that really interests you, but so far most people have
                                      come to the conclusion that it is an organisation with which they would like to be
                                      involved in some way. I believe that most people are genuinely interested in meeting
                                      like-minded people of great leadership qualities. I also believe that people are very
                                      motivated to put something back into society, especially having been given a life-
                                      changing leg-up themselves at a crucial moment in their school career.


                                      When I was growing up, my grandfather used to tell me “the more you give in life,
                                      the more you get”, and for many years I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about.
                                      However, in the last twenty years or so, I have come to realise that he was dead right.
                                      The satisfaction, the pleasure, and the fun of helping people less privileged than
                                      oneself is a real and lasting joy, and the Rank Fellowship offers such opportunities in
                                      the company of interesting, like-minded people. Invest a few moments of your life
                                      and find out more about us.


                                      With all best wishes,


                                      Fred Packard




In this issue                                                      	
Foreword	                                                      1   A	Tall	Ships	day	                                        14
Introduction	                                                  3   A	fresh	perspective	                                     16
Reflections	on	the	Rank	Fellowship	                            5   Through	the	eyes	of	an	award	holder	                     17
The	work	of	the	charities	team	                                7   In	the	thick	of	the	action	                              18
The	Charities	Evening	                                         8   Fundação	Estudar		                                       20
The	Careers	Mentoring	Evening	                                10   Rank	Fellowship	—	the	importance	of	an	objective	        23
Rank	Fellowship	Leadership	Day	                               11   The	back	page	                                           24
Not	all	roads	lead	to	London…	                                13


Introduction
Jason Chaffer, Chairman of the Rank Fellowship from its inception, provides an
overview of Fellowship activities.



Dear Rank Fellow,


It is a pleasure to write to you in our first ever review which we hope you will find of
interest. 2006 was another year of good progress for the Fellowship with our efforts
continuing to take shape as a consequence of your contributions and feedback. It is
now over three years since the Fellowship was launched at a dinner at the Dorchester
in November 2003, and while the years seem to have flown by, there have been a good
many milestones along the way.


Your Steering Committee has been hard at work and meets quarterly at Spencer
Stuart’s offices in London to set direction and execute the plans. Outside the regular
meetings of the committee, there are three discrete teams that concentrate on matters
relating to charities, mentoring and communications. As a consequence, we have
three regular events:


 A	mentoring evening	offering	Rank	Fellows	interested	in	furthering	their	careers	
  the	opportunity	to	meet	Fellows	with	direct	experience	in	their	fields	of	interest.


 A	leadership day	held	at	the	Paddington	Arts	Centre	which	is	sponsored	by	
  the	Rank	Foundation.	This	is	for	Rank	Fellows	in	the	sixth	form	and	offers	them	
  the	opportunity	to	meet	each	other	and	to	hear	from	a	variety	of	Fellows	about	
  leadership	in	various	different	walks	of	life.


 A	charities evening held	at	the	Royal	Society	of	Arts	(RSA)	off	the	Strand	in	
  London.	We	launched	this	event	in	2006	and	it	proved	hugely	popular.	We	brought	
  together	some	150	guests	including	Fellows,	charity	representatives,	and	members	
  of	the	Rank	Foundation	Board	to	explore	opportunities	for	volunteering	time	with	
  a	charity.


We send out regular newsletters and bulletins, and most importantly, our activities
are highlighted on our website www.rankfellowship.com created by the great works of
Steve Wilson, a Rank Fellow, and his team at Moore Wilson who continue to provide
outstanding support to our cause. Aside from the regular events, we have hosted a
day on the Tall Ships and intend to have many more regional events in the future
similar to the one held at Wakefield .




                                                                                           
    None of this would be possible without the outstanding support of the Rank
    Foundation and its Chairman Fred Packard, alongside his Board members. It was
    Fred’s inspiration that set us on our way and his clarion call offering “time and
    experience” rather than necessarily a straightforward financial contribution to the
    not-for-profit world has been our driving ethos.


    We have also benefited greatly from the industrious and committed works of Peter
    Attenborough, our dedicated Rank Executive in the Foundation. Peter has decided
    to retire but not without leaving his extraordinary mark on the early years of the
    Fellowship. We are very grateful to Peter and welcome his successor, Tim Young, until
    recently Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School in Guildford. We are looking
    forward to an exciting future with Tim.


    We do hope that you enjoy this annual review which offers an insight into some of
    the history of the Fellowship in its early days. Our thanks to the Steering Committee
    whose work and support has been unstinting and to all Rank Fellows for letting us
    approach you — in the hope that we can all offer something back after the advantages
    given to us by the Rank Foundation in our early years .


    Yours sincerely


    Jason Chaffer




                                                                 The Rank Fellowship
                                                                  steering committee,
                                                                  caricatured by cartoonist
                                                                  and artist Don Seed
                                                                  (www.seedart.com). Peter
                                                                  Attenborough, portrayed
                                                                  as Gandalf, was presented
                                                                  with the original cartoon
                                                                  at his farewell dinner in
                                                                  December.



Reflections on the Rank Fellowship
Simon Walker discovers that the Fellowship is not a secret society, but has
society’s interests at heart



I suspect that I am like many Rank Fellows. I didn’t know that I had been financially
supported by Rank until contacted a few years ago. The new Chairman of the Rank
Foundation decided to withdraw the veil of anonymity surrounding The Leadership
Award. This was an award I didn’t even know I had been entered for! However,
someone at my school decided that, aged 16, I had leadership potential and for that I
am grateful. I have always believed that leaders lead by “giving back” in some way. This
giving back was the source of much of the discussion at the Northern Area Meeting
between the five Fellows, two wives and Peter Attenborough, Rank’s Man!


Who are the Fellows? What is our purpose? Again, a key discussion point. One might
say that we are merely a collection of people who happen to have been sponsored by
the Rank Foundation. Most of us were not asked. Given that many of us could not have
completed our studies without their financial assistance, I for one, am certainly grateful.


Do we owe anything? In all honesty, no. It is unreasonable to expect anything in return
from somebody who has had no choice, no knowledge that they were given anything.
However, one of the intriguing things for me was that the other four Fellows in the
room — and, just as importantly, our partners and those who work for the Rank
Foundation — did have a lot in common. We had similar values. We were contributors.


Charity. You see, this is where I was sceptical. Was I going to be asked for money?
No. Was I going to be asked to do volunteer work? No, but the Rank Foundation does
provide an outlet and support for those who do want to. Was there going to be some
overtly religious angle to this so-called Fellowship? Answer: No. Is the Fellowship
some sort of secret society? No, but part of me had this romantic notion that it might
be. No secret handshakes, alas!


I think that the best description I can give is a collection of (potentially) like-minded
individuals who I suspect (but obviously don’t know as I haven’t met that many) are
contributors to society. This contribution can take many forms. For some people it may
be church, for some people it maybe local community leadership and youth working and
for others it may be working in a not-for-profit organisation. For my part, I’m a chemical
engineer; I sing in an amateur choir (The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus) and contribute
to the local Institute of Chemical Engineers. Perhaps not that exciting. However, I would
happily be a mentor to and offer advice to youngsters just starting out in the world.


What can we as Fellows do? I think in the first instance I would say is: get in touch.
There aren’t that many of us — only about 1000 since Rank started the anonymous
Leadership Award over 25 years ago. There are currently about 750 “missing” Fellows.



                                                                                              
                                  The first challenge is getting in touch with these people, many of who do not know
                                  that they received support. So if you get a call from somebody in the Fellowship,
                                  don’t hang up, they won’t be asking for money, they certainly won’t be asking you to
                                  undertake a journey to some far away Tolkienesque world! What will they be asking?
                                  Get in touch, keep your details up to date on the website, have a think about how
                                  you’d like to get involved in charitable works, or simply offer a bit of time. That time
                                  does not even have to be for a Rank Foundation Charity. Of course this is easy to say,
                                  but another problem for the Fellowship (and indeed the Rank Foundation) is that a
                                  large proportion of the Fellows are between 25 and 45. This is not an age group that
                                  has an abundance of those things that charities love, i.e. time and/or money. It’s a time
                                  when we’re starting out on careers and bringing up young families. However, as the
                                  Fellowship grows, (and we grow older!) these people may find they have more time
                                  and money. This is perhaps the main reason to stay in touch. I am sure that many
 “We’re starting out on
  careers and bringing up         of us support the principles of the Rank Fellowship, but perhaps for some of us our
  young families”. Finding the    personal circumstances will only allow us to give back in the future.
  time to help a charity is not
  always easy — but it can be
                                  So, get in touch. Come along to a meeting to find out a bit more. The hardest part is
  hugely rewarding.
                                  making that initial contact, filling in the website details, picking up the phone. Like
                                  the eight of us in Wakefield, once contact is made it is surprising how a few hours
                                  whiz by in each others’ company.


                                  At the small gathering in Wakefield we all agreed that there was not yet a critical
                                  mass of Fellows who knew what the Fellowship was about and how they could help.
                                  Future ideas were discussed: for example, we could promote local charities; we could
                                  support local communities; we could run a workshop of Leadership in Not-For-Profit
                                  organisations; or we could support a leader with the next level of financial assistance
                                  e.g. MBA or Institute of Directors Diploma. Other suggestions included Networking,
                                  careers advice, mentoring, meeting up socially, a trip for Fellows to meet on one of
                                  the Tall Ships. Many of these ideas have come to fruition, and this is because many
                                  more Fellows have been getting involved.


                                  Fortunately, new recipients of the Leadership Award now do know that they have
                                  received support from Rank. In fact, part of the “contract” now stipulates that
                                  recipients have to spend two weeks away from home doing some sort of placement
                                  with a charity. Unfair? I don’t think so. Like so many things in life I would see this as
                                  an opportunity. Certainly Vicky Allen (at our Wakefield gathering) felt she had had a
                                  wonderful experience as part of her “payback”!


                                  The other aspect to the Fellowship is Leadership, which is where I would like to
                                  finish my reflections. We were all very privileged to receive the support of Rank.
                                  Our schools had put us forward as potential leaders. If you do nothing else with this
                                  strange membership of the Rank Fellowship, please try to fulfil the potential that was
                                  recognised in you. Stand up for your values. Take responsibility for your actions and
                                  for others. Be inspired. Be inspiring.





The work of the charities team
Mark Cook, a member of the Steering Committee, explains why charity work lies
at the heart of the Rank Fellowship.



The charity world is becoming increasingly competitive; whether or not to give to
the myriad causes we encounter every day becomes just another consumer decision.
It is an also increasingly complex world; as the barriers between the business and
voluntary sectors blur, new organizational models are designed to meet social goals
through things such as social entrepreneurialism, venture philanthropy and corporate
social responsibility, rather than (or as well as) through trading, investments or
traditional fundraising. All this means that charities must become much more
professional in their approach. Even smaller, local charities now need people who can
provide a variety of expertise beyond the charity’s core mission and who can help to
lead them in these complex times.


This has been the motivation behind all that the Charities Team has done this year.
What a tremendous impact this talented group of people we call the Rank Fellowship
could have — both individually and collectively — on the work of charities. So, we
have been promoting the idea of Fellows offering their professional expertise to
charities, both through the conversations we have had at social events, the material
we have published on the website about charities and volunteering, and more
recently through a very memorable Charities’ Evening at the Royal Society for the
Encouragement of Arts (RSA) in November.


In 2007 we will launch a very professional tool to further this work: the Charity Skills
Marketplace. This new area of the Fellowship’s website provides an online meeting
place for charities with specific needs and Rank Fellows with specific skills to offer.
It may not have quite the sparkle and atmosphere of an evening in the RSA, but it
never closes and will, in time, host a much wider range of volunteer opportunities
and possibilities than those gathered in the RSA’s vaults. The Marketplace is open to
Fellows and any charities known to them, as well as charities supported by the Rank
Foundation.


For me, the Charities’ Team work this year was summed up by one comment from
a charity that attended the RSA evening: “We met some exceptional people who we
hope will give their time and skills to make a real difference”.




                                                                                           
                                        The Charities Evening
                                        Lindsay Fox, Chairman of the Rank Foundation’s Youth and Education Committee,
                                        found plenty to inspire at the first Rank Fellowship Charities Evening



                                        I have watched with great admiration how the Rank Fellowship has grown from a
                                        dream to a reality over the past three years. This astonishing progress has been largely
                                        due to the dedicated efforts of the Steering Committee and the enthusiasm of those
                                        Fellows who have joined the Fellowship.


                                                                        There have been various events since the Fellowship
                                                                       started, such as the School Leadership Days for those
                                                                       sixth-formers still at school, as well as several gatherings
                                                                      for the older members. In my view, each one has been
                                                                      more successful than the last.


                                                                      In November 2006, the Rank Fellowship held an excellent
                                                                      Charities Evening in the vaults of the Royal Society of Arts
                                                                     in The Strand in London. The main point of the evening was
                                                                    to encourage the Rank Fellows to become more involved
                                                                    with voluntary work. To this purpose, a selection of charities
                                                                   from within the Rank Foundation’s network set up their stalls.
                                                                  The venue was perfect for the occasion and between drinks
                                                                  and canapés the Fellows introduced themselves to the various
 Many Fellows were attending their first
  Rank Fellowship event.                                         charities and discussed how they could use their particular
                                                                 expertise to help the voluntary sector.


                                        The Charities each arrived with a wish list of activities with which they needed help
                                        — such as advice on setting up a website, on financial management or on PR. The
                                        Fellows who were able and willing to fill these slots talked over their skills with the
                                        various charities and permanent contacts were made in this way.


                                        As well as this interaction between Fellows and Charities the evening was a very
                                        enjoyable party, which gave the Fellows and their partners or parents an
                                        opportunity to meet each other and to chat to many of the
                                        Rank Foundation directors.




                        Dozens of conversations like this were held between
                         Rank Fellows and charities looking for expertise and
                         practical support.



The highlight of the evening was an inspirational talk given by Mark Cook OBE about
how he set up his own charity “Hope and Homes for Children”. He told us how he had
been in the Gurkha Regiment of the British Army for 30 years and how, following a
rash promise when he saw an orphanage bombed to the ground in Croatia, he vowed
to raise the funds to re-build it. This undertaking forced Mark Cook to leave the army
and form a charity to fulfil his dream.


Gradually, Hope and Homes for Children has evolved from one that built orphanages
to one that closes them down, arranging foster homes for children from conflict areas
all over the world. As he pointed out, he has derived far more satisfaction from his
charitable work than he ever did from his work in the rest of his life.


To all of you who aren’t yet signed-up members of the Rank Fellowship, I urge you
to join now. The Fellowship has been set up to encourage our Rank Leadership
Award holders, both past and present, to use their leadership qualities for the benefit
of others, as well as for themselves. The Rank Foundation has a huge network of
charitable projects from everything through work with young and old, fit and infirm,
environmental and just straight practical — so there is something for everyone to get
dug into. Apart from this aspect of membership, there is the added benefit of meeting
other Fellows of all ages which gives you a ready-made mutual support system. Most
importantly, all the events have been the greatest fun!




 The RSA provided the perfect venue
  for a memorable social gathering,
  while valuable connections were
  made between Fellows and charities.
  Bottom	right:	Mark Cook, founder
  of Hope and Homes for Children,
  Fred Packard, chairman of the Rank
  Foundation, and Jason Chaffer,
  chairman of the Rank Fellowship.


                                                                                          
                           The Careers Mentoring Evening
                           Event organiser Emma Watson-Mack explains the thinking behind this popular
                           annual event.



                           Choosing your career path or, even more dauntingly, changing a path that you are on,
                           has a unique “fear factor”. There are many who decide early on at school or university
                           what career they wish to follow. Then there are the rest of us, who sometimes think
                           we know what we want to do, but then lurch daily from thoughts of being a brain
                           surgeon to becoming a sailing instructor. Not that the two are mutually exclusive, of
                           course! Most of us will consider a career change 10-15 times in our working lives, and
                           for many different reasons.

“Not only did I see precisely the type of motivated person who represented a field
that I, one day, aspire to work in, but many professions were represented which
allowed me to talk with experienced professionals from other areas”
                           The concept of the Fellowship Mentoring Evening is to meet like-minded people from
                           all walks of life and various career areas and get some first-rate advice directly from
                           the experts in their fields. Currently we have 16 specialist areas ranging from the arts
                           and media to engineering, from not-for-profit to finance, and almost everything in
                           between. The 2006 event was held on 23 March at the Spencer Stuart head offices. We
                           had an excellent turnout with 14 key advisors and over 25 Fellows seeking advice.

“…the frank industry insights from the advisors have improved my confidence and
knowledge about my chosen career path”

                           This was the third Mentoring Evening in as many years and each event has built upon
                           the success of the last. The feedback has been inspiring, both from mentors and from
                           those seeking advice.

“Both mentoring evenings I have attended have provided me with invaluable
advice for my career, university and interviews”
                           If you are interested in meeting new Fellows (or indeed meeting up with old ones)
                           and seeking advice on new career opportunities, please join us at the next Mentoring
                           Evening. If there is a particular career area you are interested in let us know in
                           advance and we will do our best to find an advisor. Details about the event and how
                           to sign up are on the web site and also available from Gill Zammett via email at
                           gill.zammett@rankfoundation.com. We look forward to seeing you there!


“The canapés were very tasty”!
                            (just to prove it wasn’t all about work…)


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Rank Fellowship Leadership Day
Cindy Onslow, a director of the Rank Foundation, witnessed a successful
day first-hand



On 14 September 2006, the 21 current Leadership Award holders gathered from as
far afield as Truro, Elgin and Cumbria at Paddington Arts Centre in London. The
day was the inspiration of Emma Watson-Mack and was excellently organised by her
and Peter Attenborough, members of the Fellowship Steering Committee and with
significant help from Charlie Harris. The main aims of the day were to allow students
to gain a greater insight into the Foundation and the Fellowship, to hear different
views about the concept of leadership, and to meet other students and some of the
Rank Trustees and Executives.


Mr Packard opened the proceedings by giving a fascinating account of how
his grandfather had come to establish the Foundation after creating a series
of successful businesses, including Rank Hovis Macdougall, Rank Films
and Rank Xerox. He then went on to discuss what makes a good leader and
suggested that a real leader is one who succeeds in influencing other people
to do what he/she believes to be right.


Two students then spoke enthusiastically of their two week Community
Action Placements.


Alastair Rolfe followed by giving a personal account of different
styles of leadership in the world of publishing. He suggested
that real leaders should have the ability to inspire others, should
have a good sense of humour and should give time to charity
throughout their lives.


After these inspiring speeches, the Leadership Award holders
then had a chance to demonstrate their leadership qualities and
to enjoy some light relief before lunch. They were divided into
four teams, and then with all the ingredients and electric
liquidisers provided, had 20 minutes to devise, create and
market a healthy ‘smoothie’ to a panel of judges. This was
very popular and amusing.




 Leadership Award holders collaborating on their marketing
  challenge — creating a healthy smoothie.

                                                                                        
                                      The afternoon’s activities resumed with two frank and very moving accounts from two
                                      young people who work for London Youth and Westminster Youth Club respectively.
                                      They described how they had ‘turning points’ in their own lives when they took up
                                      positions as Rank Youth Workers. The audience was spellbound by these accounts,
                                      and just when everyone was beginning to think that the speeches couldn’t get any
                                      better, Simon Beaufoy took to the floor…


                                      Simon is a Rank Fellow and he described how his Leadership Award had changed
                                      his life. Since his time at Sedburgh, he has been passionate about film writing and
                                      has been determined to succeed in this field. He had the audience mesmerised as he
                                      described how he persevered with his writing career, despite several rejections along
                                      the way. Finally, it all paid off when his script of “The Full Monty” was made into one
                                      of the most successful British films in recent years. This account stimulated many
                                      questions and left everyone feeling enthused.

                                      A superb end to a very successful and most enjoyable Leadership Day.




 Rank Fellowship Leadership Award holders, September 00.





Not all roads lead to London…
Henry Scutt, a member of the Rank Fellowship Steering Committee, looks back at
the Northern Area Meeting and the Tall Ships Day.



Early in the year we sought to spread the Fellowship idea around the country and
so we organised a small lunchtime gathering in Wakefield. This was a chance to
get to know eight or so Fellows and, as ever, there was a surprising ease to this and the
conversation flowed. We used the opportunity to create a round-table discussion forum
and the Fellows’ partners contributed great insights, which is exactly what we had wanted.
This showed that the Fellowship isn’t — and shouldn’t be — exclusive.


Simon Walker sums it up well when he says: “In terms of helping the Fellowship, just
come along to a meeting to find out a bit more.” We “Northerners” (and there are
plenty more of you out there!) thought that it was a big step forward to have a meeting
arranged north of the Watford Gap.


Naturally, it was sensible to start in London and build support there. Wakefield was
a good choice to start in the north. But I can hear the Scottish contingent shouting
“You’re not coming far enough North”. Perhaps those in the Midlands would like to
meet somewhere flatter. Wherever you are, do get in touch. I’m sure Tim Young will
be able to help arrange an initial meeting.



How about a day’s sailing off the South Coast?
The Rank “day sail” received a great deal of attention inside the Fellowship
and much effort was spent filling the places on Prince William, one of the
200ft square-rigged ships owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. The germ
of the idea came from a meeting in London where we asked ourselves
whether we were spreading ourselves out and making enough effort in the
regions. I certainly asked myself that question, anyway.

The Prince William set sail from Portsmouth, and the fellows who came along
found themselves in good company, sailing and working the 200ft square
rigger, sampling what the Tall Ships Youth Trust does for young people, and
enjoying the sheer size of the ships — with the added bonus of being amongst
like-minded folk. The friendships and networking among the Fellows added to
the day as we enjoyed ourselves in a relaxing atmosphere.


The Trust gained much from the day, as the ships are a large billboard for
what they do. Four adults signed up for their own voyages in 2007 and one
Rank Foundation director promptly booked his daughter on board.


Seeing is believing.



                                                                                             
     A Tall Ships day
     Michael St Aldwyn, a director of the Rank Foundation, was delighted to be at sea
     with the Fellowship



     It was with some frustration that I found myself driving through an unbelievable
     storm to Portsmouth at 1.00am after a late meeting in the City. My humour was not
     improved by the rather dubious hotel I checked into. I seriously wondered why I had
     bothered to take up Peter’s kind invitation to spend a day on a tall ship.


     The following morning
     brought a glimmer of
     sunshine as I headed off
     to the dock. And then the
     magic began…


     As we came onboard the
     friendly crew made us all feel
     extremely welcome — there
     we were a bunch of people who
     did not know each other at all
     well, but in five minutes I found
     myself chatting to strangers as                       Three tall ship volunteers taking
     if we went on holiday together                         tea on the deck.
     every year.


     We all checked in and registered and throughout the day I was very impressed
     with the high standard of professionalism and observation of Health and Safety
     regulations; we continually felt that whatever happened we were in very safe hands.


     The initial induction was extremely detailed and ensured that as the day progressed
     we were transformed from a ‘motley crew’ into a team who learned how to work
     together and to depend on each other.


     After being divided into watches we learned the rudiments of sailing and were
     assigned responsibilities to enable us to actually get the boat moving, which we
     shortly did. The overcast weather disappeared and a nice breeze got up enabling us to
     set sail — probably faster than had been intended.




      Peter Attenborough (left) admires the rigging


It was amazing how each of us was given the opportunity to do everything in the
short space of time available — this included climbing up all the masts, going out
on the bowsprit, putting up and pulling down the sails, and working as a team as we
pulled on the different lines and guys each with wonderfully sounding names; by the
end of the day these were part of our regular vocabulary.


It was in the middle of the afternoon after going up and furling sails for the second
time at 50ft above the deck that I suddenly realised what an amazing sensation this
experience would be for my daughter. I checked with the crew if they had any voyages
available in the near future and to my delight discovered a young people’s trip
planned for a couple of weeks ahead.


A quick call from the deck established that she was available and I booked her in
immediately.

The experience for her was life changing — she made
some really great friends, found a new boyfriend
and came back brimming with a confidence and self
assuredness that I had not seen before.


For both father and daughter the Tall Ships Trust
confirmed the validity of every penny that Rank expends.
Definitely a day to remember




                    Hard work on the ship was rewarded by speed,
                     memorable views and excellent company.


                                                                                        
     A fresh perspective
     Benet Northcote reflects on his surpise discovery of being a Rank Fellow.



     “How strange is that,” I said to my wife as I handed her the letter from the Rank
     Fellowship. As with many of the fellows contacted in the last year, the very existence
     of the Foundation had been a surprise. To get a letter claiming they helped pay for my
     education was more of a shock. “I am not sure I believe it,” I declared and headed off
     to work.


     However, the letter and its contents bothered me during my commute. Arriving at the
     office, I immediately went online and found the Fellowship web site. Looking at the
     names of some of the other fellows I instantly recognised a friend who had helped my
     first business get off the ground. Was Geoffrey really helped by Rank as well? Maybe
     this was for real?


     Fast forward some months and I am holding a glass of wine at the Charity evening;
     my first face-to-face contact with the Rank Fellowship. Here, I discovered that the
     Foundation helps individuals and organisations at all levels of society: not just public
     schoolboys with parents struggling to pay the fees.


     I met Katie Worthington, who runs the Westminster House Youth Club in Peckham,
     South London. Katie works in one of the toughest areas in the country and the money
     she gets from the Rank Foundation helps her work with children who have more
     problems than can be listed here. What could I do to help her?


     Of course, there is always something, and I now find myself trying to raise some
     money from big business and local firms. I don’t know how successful I will be,
     getting new money is hard, but it feels right to be giving something back having been
     helped at such an important stage of my life.





Through the eyes of an award holder
Alex Newcome describes the impact that Rank has had on his sixth form experience



My first reaction to Rank was one of complete astonishment. I had been awarded this
leadership bursary/scholarship thing. It seemed too good to be true. I hadn’t been for
an interview, sent off a CV or even had to fill in a questionnaire. So why me?


This was the start of a journey which has made my sixth form experience all the
more enjoyable and rewarding. I hope to give you a brief overview of what has been
involved and how I have benefited.


There was no time to dwell on it. That very term I was booking myself in for some
charity work in the coming summer holiday and there was also talk of a gathering
in London at the start of the next academic year. These two experiences would open
my eyes to the fantastic opportunity I had been given. They would help clear up any
confusion and leave me feeling honoured to be a part of something so good, in so
many different ways. Both required a very early start, but in hindsight I am very glad
my alarm worked on each occasion as it gave me the chance to really get involved.


As many of you who were at the Paddington Arts Centre this year know, my
“placement” is a topic I love to talk about, although I tend to do so in a spiel of
incomprehensible, happy memories. This is simply because the two weeks I spent up
in Glasgow with Paul Smith and The Hut were two of the most rewarding of my life.
At first it seemed mad that I would be left to supervise and control children, some of
whom were not much younger than me. The task was all the more daunting for the
fact that many of them appeared not to share my native tongue. I was thrown in at the
deep end and loved every minute of it!


I have just received a little postcard I filled in during the course of the meeting at the
Paddington Arts Centre on which I had written a few of my goals for the term ahead.
The one that had been bothering me most at the time, now being in my final year at
school, was “to rise to the challenge of having to help organise and run the school,
without losing the respect of my friends and colleagues.”


Well, I still seem to have a couple of friends and am happy with my progress over the
term. I think, to a large extent, I have Rank to thank for this. My time with them has
taught me a number of very important lessons, the sort that just can’t be taught at
school. About leadership, responsibility and most importantly team work. I do feel as
if I am part of a team now and will always be extremely grateful for the opportunity
Rank has given me. I am excited about the placement I will be doing with the Salmon
project in London at the end of the year, and any further chances I will have to meet
with other award holders and Fellows. Thank you so much for everything.




                                                                                             
                            In the thick of the action
                            Luke Jones looks back on a busy year as a Rank School Fellow



                            Rank’s School Fellows have really been in the thick of the action over the past year.
                            Every month has held something new and exciting for each one of us all across the
                            land, which would not have been possible without the support from Rank. What Rank
                            has achieved for us has been immense, and I shall try to encapsulate this in my brief
                            synopsis, so hold tight!


                            As per usual, the Community Action Placement (CAP) required of each School
                            Fellow got underway. CAPs involve a fortnight’s work experience with a charity
                            supported by Rank. CAPs often throw you into the deep end! Fellows took part in
                            almost thirty placements this year alone, spreading to all parts of the UK, each as
                            energetic, exciting and engaging as the next. Though you often have to live with those
                            you don’t know, and meet new people every day, the personal growth that comes from
                            these unnerving experiences is well worth the commitment.




“These skills will help me in the future not to judge people on initial appearances,
and help me to manage a group of people who are different from me.”
                                                                     Ann Doyle — Cornerstone




“My confidence in myself and in my ability to successfully interact with all different
types of people has improved immensely.”
                                            Allan Wilson — The Iona Community, Scotland



                            Before I could draw a breath, Rank had organised the next event: the School
                            Leadership Day (14 September) at London’s Paddington Arts Centre. As well as
                            providing a whole host of talks about the Rank Foundation, most notably from its
                            chairman, Fred Packard, and what a School Fellow’s plans should be, the day primarily
                            focused on meeting other School Fellows and exchanging CAP horror stories. The
                            organisation of the day was slick and the content relevant to all of us present. The day
                            culminated in a smoothie-making competition and we all left with contented smiles
                            on our faces.





Other events hosted by Rank included the Career Mentoring Evening in March and
the Charities Evening in November at the Royal Society of Arts. The Mentoring
Evening allowed School Fellows access to a group of men and women who are leaders
in their fields for advice about university and employment. The evening was well
received by all.



              “Thank you so much for a wonderful evening on the 7th; it seems that the
              Fellowship grows into something better and better at each meeting and I am so
              proud to be a part of it.”




              “Not only did I see precisely the type of motivated person in the field that I aspire
              to work in, but was able to speak with experienced representatives from many
              other fields.”


The Charities Evening enabled Rank Fellows of all ages to make contact with charities
that Rank support for possible involvement with their future developments. It was
a wonderful evening at an impressive venue with a whole host of charities present,
including the RSPB and the Jubilee Sailing Trust. There were inspiring speeches from
Mark Cook of Hope and Homes for Children, and from Jason Chaffer, helping us to
fully realise the extent to which the Rank Foundation contributes to society.




                                                                                                  
     Fundação Estudar
     David McCausland reports on the activities of a Brazilian organisation
     which provided chairman Fred Packard with the inspiration to create
     the Rank Fellowship



     Two members of the Rank Fellowship Steering Committee, Jason Chaffer and David
     McCausland, were privileged to visit Sao Paulo, Brazil in July 2006 for the 15th Annual
     Meeting of Fundação Estudar (FE), an organisation with which the Rank Fellowship
     has been loosely twinned for two years.


     The purpose of the visit was to
      Establish	stronger	links	with	FE	and	its	partner	organisations	
      Renew	acquaintances	and	exchange	ideas	about	both	organisations
      Return	with	fresh	impetus	for	the	future	development	of	the	Rank	Fellowship



     Introduction
     Fred Packard, who became chairman of the Rank Foundation in 2000, emigrated to
     Brazil in 1972 and has been a partner of the founders of Fundação Estudar (FE) for
     the past 30 years.


     Fred’s idea to contact past recipients of the Rank Foundation Leadership Award,
     and encourage them to work together for the general betterment of society, was
     very much inspired by the work and success of the Fundação Estudar, which he has
     followed closely since its inception.



     Fundação Estudar
     Fundação Estudar believes that a country is built by its citizens. One of the most
     valuable materials for making this construction solid is high quality education.

     It is a challenge developing citizens to become Brazil’s future leaders, offering them
     conditions to develop the vision and structure necessary to change Brazil for the
     better. It is a large, but viable task.


     Based on this philosophy, Fundação Estudar concentrates all of its efforts on offering
     educational conditions of the highest quality to young individuals with determination,
     the thirst for success, and intellectual and professional ambition. In addition to the
     financial award granted by the foundation, scholars receive support and resources
     for career development and professional networking both during their academic
     experiences and post-graduation.




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Only 3% of scholarship applications are successful. 65% of scholarships go to Masters
students, 35% to undergraduates. Programmes at top-ranked national, American
and global universities and business schools programs are supported. The selection
process looks for leadership, intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to
Brazil. Most FE activities and scholars are based in Sao Paulo.



Annual Meeting
Approximately 230 people attended the 2006 Annual Meeting, comprising FE alumni,
plus invited guests from partner companies or other foundations.


The meeting started at 6pm with informal drinks, and the chance to meet and
greet colleagues before the main proceedings in the auditorium. This involved the
presentation of new scholars, followed by talks from three guest speakers, two of
whom were FE alumni and CEOs of leading companies in Brazil. The evening closed
with more informal drinks and a chance to exchange contact details. The evening
ended at about 10pm.


Each new scholar receives a welcome kit which contains basic information about their
scholarship and FE, the contact information for everyone selected in that year, as well
as for all FE alumni.


The kit also includes a mentoring coupon which permits each new scholar a one-
to-one mentoring session with an FE board member; a business book (e.g. Good to
Great), and FE paraphernalia — backpack, mug, etc. The welcome kit is designed to
help with integration into the wider FE community. In 2005, about three quarters of
all current and past scholars attended. The keynote speaker was the former President
of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso.




 0 people attended the 00 Annual
  Meeting of the Fundação Estudar, a Brazilian
  organisation with which the Rank Fellowship is
  loosely twinned.

                                                                                          
                        Name badges are provided to all attendees. The number of gold stars on the badge
                        shows how much funding the scholar has paid back. A blue star means the person
                        gives some of his or her time back as a volunteer, helping FE in interviewing
                        candidates in the selection process, or with the mentoring program, in the Alumni
                        Executive Committee or in other ways. A green star means that the person is from a
                        company or organisation that supports FE activities.



                        Partner Organisations
                        Fundação Estudar counts on collaboration from corporations, other non-profit
                        institutions and individuals to finance its activities.


                        Two other institutions are part of the same stable as FE: Fundação Brava (http://www.
                        brava.org.br/) is concerned with education, culture, individual & social development
                        and improvement of public administration in Brazil.

                        Fundação Lemann (http://www.fundacaolemann.org.br/) works to improve school
                        management culture, helping create a better education system on a national level.




      Jason Chaffer (left) and David McCausland
       (right) compare notes with Fundação
       Estudar alumni.





Rank Fellowship — the
importance of an objective
James Dingemans



In common with every other member of the Rank Fellowship (or “Fellow”), I was
lucky enough to receive financial help from the Rank Foundation for my education.
In common with every other Rank Fellow before 1997, I had (until recently) no idea
who had provided assistance. Some Rank Fellows are still not even aware of the fact of
assistance and therefore of their membership of the Rank Fellowship.


The decision of the Rank Foundation to make known the fact of the current assistance
to those receiving assistance is well known and has already been chronicled. Also
known is the decision of the Rank Foundation to make known to previous recipients
of funding the fact of past assistance and its determination to establish and support
the Rank Fellowship. The Rank Fellowship effectively began with the dinner for
Fellows provided by the Rank Foundation at the Dorchester in London. After that
evening a structure was established so that the Rank Fellowship now has an effective
organisation (through the steering committee) to: plan ahead; arrange events; and
communicate with members of the Rank Fellowship.


So now that the Rank Fellowship is established what can it hope to achieve? It has
always seemed to me that its most important objective (as set out in the second bullet
of our Rank Fellowship cards) is “to harness the experience, expertise and leadership
skills of Fellows for the benefit of society”. A great aim and objective, but has anything
been done about it? The Rank Fellowship has begun to attempt to deliver. Practical
steps have been taken to provide opportunities for Fellows to lend their skills and
experience to voluntary sector organisations at the recent Charities Evening on 7
November 2006. Careers advice has been provided to Fellows (both at the beginning
and in the middle of their careers) at Careers Evenings held in the summer of 2005
and 2006 so that other Fellows can use better their skills for the practical benefit of
society. Work placements have been provided by Fellows for Fellows with the same
ultimate aim.


However, as importantly as the matters set out above, Fellows have continued in
their day-to-day careers, building up a wealth of practical experience, expertise and
leadership skills. It may be too much to hope that every day each Fellow will be able
to provide these experience, expertise and leadership skills for the benefit of society,
but many will do just that (including many of those still unaware of their status as
Fellows!). With the objective of the Rank Fellowship to work for the benefit of society,
I suspect that more of us Fellows will think about how we can help to achieve this aim.




                                                                                             
     The back page
     Events and key contacts



     Events
     Rank Fellowship Mentoring Evening
     Thursday	22	March,	2007
     Spencer	Stuart,	16	Connaught	Place,	London	W2	2ED
     	
     Rank Fellowship Charities Evening
     Wednesday	7	November,	2007
     Royal	Academy	of	Arts,	Burlington	House,	Piccadilly,	London	W1J	0BD


     Rank Fellowship Steering Committee meetings for 2007
     Tuesday	6	March
     Tuesday	5	June
     Tuesday	11	September
     Tuesday	4	December	



     Key contacts for the Rank Fellowship
     Tim Young
     Director	of	The	Rank	Foundation	School	Leadership	Award	and	the	Rank	Fellowship
     Cobbetts,	Mavins	Road,	Farnham,	Surrey	GU9	8JS	
     t	 +44	(0)	1252	724	247			
     f	 +44	(0)	1252	712	934			
     e	 tim.young@rankfoundation.com


     Gill Zammett
     Rank	Fellowship	Administrator
     The	Rank	Foundation,
     PO	Box	127,	Banbury	Sorting	Office,	Oxon.,	OX17	1WF
     t	 +44	(0)	1295	750	866
     f	 +44	(0)	1295	758	804
     e	 gill.zammett@rankfoundation.com






								
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