Upcoming events

Charity Talk: Charities in the spotlight - the role of communications in navigating public scrutiny

Derek Holder Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 6th July 2022 18:30
Where: Bayes Business School

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.

We welcome 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.

Why are communications so important? What are they seeing across the sector that works well and, equally, what has not worked so well?

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About the speakers

Adeela Warley OBE, CEO of CharityComms

Adeela WarleyAdeela has been CEO of CharityComms since 2017. She is passionate about the strategic role of communications in driving social change and helping support a thriving community of communications professionals to share and learn together. The CharityComms team were awarded Memcom Team of the year in 2021, for outstanding membership support during the COVID pandemic crisis.

Adeela is a member of the Civil Society Group – a collaboration of over 55 organisations working to build a fairer, more sustainable, enriched and connected society by influencing decision makers and building positive relationships for social good.

Adeela has over 20 years’ experience in charity communications across multiple skills and functions: strategic planning, market research, media, PR, events, brand, publishing and digital. Before joining CharityComms, she led the development of organisational communications, brand, and audience strategies for Friends of the Earth, putting them at the heart of the charity’s campaigning success and supporter engagement.

Adeela was awarded an OBE in 2021, for services to charity communications and is a Fellow of the RSA and an ACEVO mentor.

Sophie Castell, CEO of Myeloma UK

Sophie CastellSophie started her working life as a research scientist. After completing her PhD, she moved into the commercial sector, initially working in strategic marketing for some major international companies, including Coca-Cola and Unilever, and running her own consultancy practice. Prompted by her son’s diagnosis with autism she wanted to address the inequalities experienced by people living with different conditions or disabilities and has subsequently worked for a number of charities.

Outside her executive career, Sophie has served as a non-executive director in the NHS and as a trustee on a number of charity boards, including the National Autistic Society and Home-Start UK, and has been involved in setting up a new charity - the Enterprise Cooperative Trust – which aims to improve education and life opportunities for young people in her local community.

Attending the event

This event is being held in-person at Bayes Business School and is free to attend.

Please join us for food and drink, and to hear Adeela and Sophie discuss the way that strategic communications shape an organisation's public perception and can help to bring about positive change.

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About the Derek Holder Legacy Trust

Professor Derek Holder was the co-founder and managing director of IDM. He helped to establish direct marketing as a respected and respectable discipline, as well as a desirable professional career choice.

He left a considerable legacy to IDM Trust that he wished to be devoted to education. The trust funds initiatives that encourage and equip the most talented young people in each generation to enter the data driven marketing profession, as well as raising standards of professional practice throughout.

The Foundation has long had a relationship with the Centre for Charity Effectiveness and they annually sponsor one of the Centre’s evening Charity Talks.

With their support we are delighted to be able to be hosting Adeela Warley and Sophie Castell at the Derek Holder Memorial Lecture: ‘Charities in the spotlight' on the 6th July 2022

Charity Talk: Celebrating 30 years of CCE Charity Talks

Wednesday 23rd November 2022 18:30
Where: Bayes Business School

Join us to celebrate 30 years of CCE’s renowned Charity Talk evenings.

In this event we will be thanking those who have supported our Charity Talk series, whilst also exploring what lies ahead for the nonprofit sector in the future.

To be notified when more information about this event is available, please register your interest in our Charity Talks and webinars.

Recent Charity Talks and Webinars

Charity Talk: Collaboration, innovation and digital transformation (8th June 2022)

Charity Talk: Collaboration, innovation and digital transformation - Transforming the charity volunteer experience

Wednesday 8th June 2022 18:30-20:00

We were delighted to welcome Angela Salt, CEO of Girlguiding, and Matt Hyde, CEO of Scouts, to join us for our first in-person Charity Talk in two years.

Angela and Matt discussed how these two high-profile national charities are working together to transform the experiences of their volunteers at every step of the process, using digital technology and innovative solutions to help recruit, train and develop new volunteer talent and skills.

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Webinar: Can you rise to the top without losing your soul? (23rd February 2022)

Webinar: Can you rise to the top without losing your soul?

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 17:30-18:30

Douglas Board

Why is it that some people get to the top while others, who may be equally well-qualified, don’t? How can we rise up? Do we want to? How can we change society in this respect?

We were delighted to welcome Dr Douglas Board, Senior Visiting Fellow at Bayes Business School, to present this topic which drew on his recent book, ‘Elites – can you rise to the top without losing your soul?’, in which he offers a new interpretation of how we understand success and merit in our lives and in our institutions.

Douglas was joined by host, CCE Consultant Nick Wilkie and panellists Polly Mackenzie, CEO of Demos, and Pamela Leonce, Chair of Inquilab Housing association.

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Charity Talk: Change just changed! (26th January 2022)

Charity Talk: Change just changed!

Wednesday 26th January 2022 18:30-20:00

Keith LeslieHow can we face the challenge of uncontained change - that which is simultaneously up close and personal, and continual and relentless?

In this CCE Charity Talk, Keith Leslie, current Chair of Samaritans and Mental Health at Work and former McKinsey and Deloitte partner, shared learnings from his cross-sector career and insight from Samaritans on the frontline of human distress.

The response was given by Caroline Copeman, Bayes Senior Visiting Fellow and CCE Consultant, and the event was hosted by Alex Skailes, CCE Director.

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Materials and further resources from the event

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.

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