As many of you know the life of a Regional Programme Manager is a mixed one; a glamorous combination of travel, meetings, discussions, ideas, meetings, projects, events and meetings. All Regional Programme Managers look after specific areas sometimes with a focus on specific issues. Over the years I have supported a number of areas both regions and nations including Midlands, Yorkshire and North West (where I live). Currently I still support North West but now advise both Wales, and as of October, Ireland.
I worked with Ireland Fellows a few years ago and attended the Networks based in Belfast and Dublin. So far its good to be back. Along with familiar faces I am working with a new team of Fellows leading activity and a new approach one that involves developing the idea of "civic conversations". Shortly we will be preparing a Development Plan for the areas working with Fellows based in Belfast, Dublin but also Athlone and Derry. I have personally committed to help develop activity in Cork and hopefully we can grow the Fellows in Ireland over the next few years as well as develop some key partnerships and collaboration to develop both projects and activities.
As ever, I welcome suggestions and connections that could assist with Ireland focus specifically organisations keen to work with a Royal Society; albeit one that aims to turn ideas into reality.
Suggestions please on a postcard or simply send me an email.
Deputy Head of Regional Programme