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Webinar: Recovery and beyond: Are you ready for the challenge? Lessons from the pandemic on charity operating models

Wednesday 13th October 2021
From 17:15 for a 17:30 start
Where: Online

This webinar will look at the issues facing the charity sector as it confronts its most challenging time, the “recovery” phase. We know that historically more organisations fail as economies recover from a downturn and this time is unlikely to be any different.

Turnaround expert Steve Billot will look at how the sector has reacted to the last 18 months and what steps can be taken to face the new future.

Steve will be joined by Angela Salt, CEO of Girlguiding, and David Hole, turnaround expert and previous interim CEO for a number of Age UK partners. They will be sharing their leaning on leading through the recovery and beyond.

Book your place at the online webinar now.

About the topic

Recovery and beyond: Are you ready for the challenge? Lessons from the pandemic on charity operating models

This webinar will look at the issues facing the charity sector as it confronts its most challenging time, the “recovery” phase. We know that historically more organisations fail as economies recover from a downturn and this time it is unlikely to be any different.

Turnaround expert Steve Billot will look at hoe the sector has reacted to the last 18 months and what steps can be taken to face the new future.

He will explain how charities can evaluate their ability to change, consider how new working practices including the new hybrid working may develop, at how blended service delivery models are developing as well as considering how to understand that stress is now an endemic issue for all.

Steve will be joined by Angela Salt, CEO of Girlguiding, and David Hole, turnaround expert and previous interim CEO for a number of Age UK partners, who will be sharing their learning on leading through the recovery and beyond.

You will get the opportunity to pose your questions to the panel during the event, but please note that the Q&A section of the webinar will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule and as such will not be recorded.

About the speaker

Steve Billot

Steve BillotSteve works with professional service organisations and a wide range of organisations in the non-profit sector. Having been the joint managing partner in a mid-tier accountancy firm which grew by acquisition he understands the challenges that organisations face in an ever changing world. He has lectured widely on the issue facing professional service organisations.

During his career he has carried out over 1,000 independent business reviews acting on behalf of lenders, management and prospective owners and investors. His objective view allows him to observe, comment and provide considered and clear recommendations on the options facing organisations.

In the last few years Steve has been working closely with a national charity and its network of over 100 independent organisations to review their operating systems and models. This has led to a programme of change being developed and implemented.

Steve was formerly an Insolvency Practitioner (he still holds the title but has not taken any appointments for over 20 years), is a member of the Institute for Turnaround and has worked with a wide variety of charities from top 50 internationally known organisations to small local ones providing specialist community support. He is a lecturer on the Bayes CCE Masters courses where he looks at the challenges facing charities and how they can be addressed.


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Watch a recording of the event.

Lived Experience on nonprofit boards (15th April 2021)

Webinar: Lived Experience on nonprofit boards

Thursday 15th April 2021  16:00-17:00

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Caroline, Fiona and Jacqueline were joined at the webinar by two guest speakers: Judith Davey, Chief Executive, The Advocacy Project, and Darren Murinas, Chief Executive, Expert Citizens CIC.

Watch a recording of the event.

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Tuesday 23rd March 2021 17:30-18:30

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In this presentation, Professor Daniel King highlighted some of the key lessons being learnt from the ESRC project being conducted with NCVO, bringing out the implications for theory, policy and practice.

Watch a recording of the event.

More information about Professor King's project and how to get involved.


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

COVID-19 response

All of our part-time charities master’s degreesprofessional development programmes and events are being delivered online during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will be using different platforms and programme formats in order to ensure that all our programmes offer a high-quality, varied and engaging learning experience.

The latest information about City, University of London’s response to the pandemic can be found on the students and visitors page.

Our staff, consultants and faculty remain dedicated to supporting our clients during this challenging time; please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests to CCE@city.ac.uk

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