Posted: 10 June 2014

Good Leaders

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Leaders at National Grid will work with CEOs, trustees and management at the not-for-profit organisations for a fixed period of time to offer support.

In today’s multi-tasking world, in which we juggle pressure and priorities all day long, you could argue that time is worth more than money when it comes to efficiency. 

We all know how much effort it is to be more efficient in our own day-to-day lives: comparing quotes for insurance policies, fitting smart meters to save money on our bills, shopping about for the best deals online. Sometimes it’s easier to pay over the odds because you just don’t have the time to get the right advice.

Kate Van der Plank, National Grid’s Head of UK Community Investment

Kate Van der Plank, National Grid’s Head of UK Community Investment

The same is true for the third sector. If charities, community and not-for-profit organisations were to save just one percent through increased efficiency, that would be the equivalent of raising over half a million pounds every year. But it’s hard to look for efficiencies when your time and efforts are focused on the day-to-day running of the organisation, attracting funds and hard-to-find volunteers to fulfil your ambitions.

An amazing job

Many of these organisations are doing an amazing job, often with limited resources and skills sets. But many would be the first to admit that there are often gaps in those skills sets – and buying them in on the open market is expensive, even if they can negotiate charity rates.

That’s why we have teamed up with Community Service Volunteers (CSV) to launch a new volunteering scheme called Good Leaders. It’s designed to support the not-for-profit sector with free external strategic and commercial advice and guidance that will enhance their performance.

We want to share our leadership experience with UK charities, community organisations and social enterprises with a turnover of £150,000 or more who could benefit from a guiding hand to navigate them through a specific challenge or obstacle to growth.

Leaders at National Grid will work with CEOs, trustees and management at the not-for-profit organisations for a fixed period of time to offer such support and will then be encouraged to retain the relationship in the role of adviser or trustee.

In turn, our employees and business will benefit from the skills gained as a result of the partnership: from communications, facilitating and mentoring, to building relationships, negotiation, motivating people and diplomacy. These are all critical skills to take our business forward as we roll out a multi-billion-pound energy network replacement and upgrade programme across the UK.

At the heart of everything we do

As an organisation, National Grid puts community action that has a lasting impact at the heart of everything we do. We encourage all our employees to volunteer in their community to contribute on both a practical and skills-based level, and we now formally link volunteering to employees’ personal development plans.

If you are, or know of, an organisation that would benefit from this programme, please apply by contacting Trust CSR for an application form, either by calling 01285 841912 or emailing nationalgrid@thetrustpartnership.com.

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"We are developing a strong culture of volunteering and community investment in National Grid. We do it because it’s the right thing to do as a responsible business..."

Kate Van der Plank, Head of UK Community Investment.