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Further your professional development in two topic-specific workshops that will help you gain more confidence in your role, be more efficient and lead your organisation effectively.

Workshops are split into practical learning and strategic thinking to help you get the advice and information that is relevant to you.

You can attend one workshop during the first session (Workshop A) and one during the second (Workshop B).

Brilliant! So useful and relevant. Almost set my notepad on fire with the quantity and quality of notes I took!!!

– Kathryn Frost, Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, 2016 delegate

 
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A1: How to be a successful CEO

Practical

NCVO icons leadershipWith charity leaders under scrutiny as never before, running a charity means walking a constant tightrope. How can you be a successful leader without compromising your values and deliver for your beneficiaries while fulfilling your duty to the wider society? This workshop will give you the tools and insight to survive, thrive and lead with purpose.

Read more: A1: How to be a successful CEO

A2: Regulation: The latest changes and what they mean for your organisation

Strategic

NCVO icons policyRecently the charity sector has seen substantial change to its regulatory environment: from the establishment of a new Fundraising Regulator, to the coming into force of the new Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act, and new data protection requirements.

Yet in some areas the law still doesn’t meet the public's expectations of how charities should conduct themselves. So it has been up to the sector to develop good practice and put stronger systems in place.

Read more: A2: Regulation: The latest changes and what they mean for your organisation

A3: How the best leaders use impact and evaluation

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Practical

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The most effective leaders use impact assessment and evaluation to manage their work and deliver the best results. Rather than being an add-on or nice-to-have, impact and evaluation should be part of your everyday work.

Read more: A3: How the best leaders use impact and evaluation

A5: Changing governance: Building effective boards

Strategic

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Using the new Governance Code, this session will help you in prioritising how to develop your organisation’s governance.

Delegates will be invited to reflect on their governance, share good practice in supporting boards and action plans for improvement. The board’s leadership role, the relationship with senior staff, review and evaluation processes and the challenge of maintaining a strategic focus will all be topics of discussion.

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A6: Making a difference in the digital age: A leadership perspective

Strategic 

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Digital technology touches all areas of voluntary organisations: service design, communications, internal systems and data, and more. Many leaders are feeling the pressure of ‘the T word’ (transformation). Come to this session to hear what successful leaders have learned about leading digital change from the top and consider how you can take this forward in your organisation.

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A7: Collaborative philanthropy: How to grow your community support and funding

Practical

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Join our discussion on different forms of collaborative philanthropy, such as hosted giving circles and live crowdfunding. Explore how you can use your networking, communication and leadership skills to position your organisation to make the most of the opportunities they present.

Read more: A7: Collaborative philanthropy: How to grow your community support and funding

B1: Is it time to professionalise charity boards?

Strategic

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Is there a deficit of the professional skills needed to effectively lead organisations and provide the required scrutiny to senior management?

The panel will consider this and discuss if we can define ‘professional’ in the context of the board.

Read more: B1: Is it time to professionalise charity boards?

B2: Risk management for leaders

Practical

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Recent years have seen heightened scrutiny of charities and this looks set to continue. In order to be able to lead your organisation effectively you need to be able to mitigate and manage risk. This workshop will give you tips and tools for managing operational and reputational risk and the chance to discuss this topic with other sector leaders.

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B3: Volunteering in public services: A brighter future with better services or a cover for cuts?

Strategic

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As leaders of charities and champions of volunteering we can play a part in leading the debate on the role of volunteering in public services and defending the reputation of volunteering.

Read more: B3: Volunteering in public services: A brighter future with better services or a cover for cuts?

B4: Benchmarking leadership in your organisation – how using quality standards can demonstrate you’re doing it well

Practical

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This workshop will explore how you can benchmark the current state of leadership in your organisation, and plan for how to strengthen it. We’ll look at how using quality frameworks that include leadership can help you to identify where you could make improvements, and how you could evidence quality of leadership to others.

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B5: How do you make your organisation's story resonate with a sceptical public?

Strategic

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Find out what the public think about charities and what it means for your brand, with research and communications insights to ensure you can project your authenticity and the difference your organisation makes.

Read more: B5: How do you make your organisation's story resonate with a sceptical public?

B6: How can voluntary organisations become more sustainable with less money to go around?

Fully booked

Practical

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With ongoing concerns about the sustainability of current fundraising models, this workshop will look at how you can analyse the various strengths, assets and resources of your organisation and ensure that you have the right systems, skills and culture in place to drive the development of new unrestricted income streams. 

Read more: B6: How can voluntary organisations become more sustainable with less money to go around?

B7: Working with the government – can charities engage beyond Brexit?

Strategic

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This workshop will look at whether there is a role for charities to play in ongoing Brexit negotiations, and where the best opportunities to influence government policy beyond Brexit might lie.

Read more: B7: Working with the government – can charities engage beyond Brexit?

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