Upcoming events

Charity Talk: The power of sport and volunteering

Wednesday 17 May 2023 at 18:30
Where: Bayes Business School

Tanni Grey-ThompsonOne of the greatest athletes Britain has produced, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, will discuss the pivotal role of volunteering in sport, both in relation to her own career and the very future of grassroots and elite participation.

A response will be given by Dr Justin Davis Smith CBE, director of the charity master's programme at Bayes and author of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic volunteering strategy, followed by audience questions and discussion.

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About the speaker

One of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni, amassed a remarkable medal haul over 16 years and five Paralympic Games of 11 gold, 4 silver, and a bronze.

In 2005 she became Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. In 2010 Tanni became an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, taking the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. As a working peer Tanni uses her experience and knowledge during debates in the House and she has spoken on a range of issues including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform, and of course, Sport.

Tanni has continued to be involved in sport and physical activity. She is a Board Member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Join In. In addition to this she is also a Board Member of several organisations including Transport for London and the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Recent Charity Talks and Webinars

Charity Talk: Breathing new life into your organisation's communications (1 February 2023)

Breathing new life into your organisation's communications: The creative use of social media by charities
Derek Holder Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 1 February 2023 18:30-19:45
Where: Online

Nana CrawfordWe were delighted to welcome Nana Crawford, award winning Social Media Marketing Manager and current Talent Brand Manager with the British Red Cross, as our speaker at this event.

With over a decade of experience in comms, marketing and social media, Nana has led seamless and effective social media strategies, pushed creative boundaries, and challenged perceptions throughout her career. Nana currently manages a multi-award-winning, innovative, and creative social media team, that has brought new life into the channels of the British Red Cross.

Nana talked about the British Red Cross’s work with refugees and the part that social media, specifically TikTok, has played in raising awareness and fundraising.

Following Nana’s presentation, CCE Consultant Stephen Thorn delivered a response. Stephen specialises in strategic marketing, fundraising and communications and he spoke to the wider charity sector’s use of social media, both in the UK and internationally, as well as highlighting digital opportunities for your organisation.

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Charity Talk: What's next for civil society leaders? (23rd November 2022)

30 years of CCE Charity Talks: What's next for civil society leaders?

Lord Gus O'DonnellWednesday 23rd November 2022 18:30-20:30
Where: Bayes Business School

We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the CCE Charity Talks series with guest speaker, Lord Gus O'Donnell.

Lord O'Donnell spoke about what might lie ahead for nonprofit leaders, and for the sector as a whole.

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Charity Talk: Charities in the spotlight (6th July 2022)

Charity Talk: Charities in the spotlight - the role of communications in navigating public scrutiny
Derek Holder Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 6th July 2022 18:30-19:45

Charities continue to be in the spotlight, with media coverage of a whole range of topics in recent months. From tackling the colonial past, to rescuing refugees, gender politics and internal culture. Most of the public want to support charities but are increasingly scrutinising their leadership, activities and performance.

In this Charity Talk we heard from Adeela Warley and Sophie Castell to discuss the role of strategic communications in navigating this landscape and in creating a narrative that focuses on positive change.

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About CCE Charity Talks

Hear charity leaders share their expertise on the challenges facing the sector. This evening lecture series has welcomed over 10,000 attendees since it was founded 25 years ago.

Format of Charity Talks

Our Charity Talks are split into the following three sections:

  • Presentation – by a leading figure in the sector of a current key issue facing people in nonprofit organisations
  • Response – from a top academic or consultant broadening out the topic to develop the issues and offering guidance for action
  • Discussion – an opportunity for the audience to question, debate and share their ideas.

Charity Talks Archive

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