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Yes there is a Doctor in the house!

Date Added: 29/10/2012

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Mindy Crespi, EDAS Chief Executive, has just been awarded her Doctorate of Education.

Mindy has been studying for this award at Exeter University for the past 6 years and her final thesis was recommended for the award in September 2012.  Mindy wrote extensively on Leadership in the Third Sector in an era of outcome based commissioning.  After interviewing a number of EDAS volunteers, DAAT commissioners and Government Officials for her research, she founded a new model of leadership named ‘CAVEAT Leadership’.  CAVEAT Leadership involves four core functions.  These being; i) Competency, ii) Visibility, iii) Empowerment and iv)Therapeutic orientation.  The model involves moving volunteers to advisors and increasing the professional identity of the Third Sector.  Mindy has worked for EDAS for the past 15 years.  In that time, her passion for education has grown to the extent that the desire to see service users’ increase their educational attainment has allowed over 500 EDAS service users to achieve nationally recognised qualifications.
 
The EDAS educational pathways are now sacrosanct to the treatment on offer at EDAS.  Service users and staff alike are encouraged to increase their qualifications to aspire to be the best they can be academically.

Mindy would like to thank EDAS Trustees and personnel for all their support during this period of study and hopes that the model of CAVEAT Leadership can be an inspiration to other Third Sector Leaders to drive the sector forward with the recognition and professionalism it deserves.

Mindy is planning to facilitate a series of leadership workshops to discuss her research and its findings. Interested parties may download the research by clicking on the following link: https://eric.exeter.ac.uk/repository/bitstream/handle/10036/3867/CrespiM_fm.pdf?sequence=1

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