Aspiring Chief Executives

Our Aspiring Chief Executives Programme (ACE) is ideal for busy nonprofit leaders who want to stretch themselves, to learn, and who feel ready to take that step up to become chief executives

Key information

Start date
26th January 2023
Format
Online
Fees
£2,495pp

Programme Dates

Please note that the 2023 series of the ACE programme is now fully booked and no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest in the next series of the programme and we will contact you when more information is available.

This programme will consist of fourteen workshops on the below dates:

Module 1: Thursday 26th & Friday 27th January 2023

Action Learning Set 1: Friday 24th February 2023

Module 2: Thursday 9th & Friday 10th March 2023

Evening session: Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Action Learning Set 2: Friday 21st April 2023

Module 3: Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May 2023

Module 4: Thursday 8th & Friday 9th June 2023

Action Learning Set 3: Friday 30th June 2023

Module 5: Thursday 13th & Friday 14th July 2023

This programme is being delivered online, with all workshops being hosted on Zoom.

All module workshops will run from 09:00 to 13:00. All Action Learning Set sessions will run from 09:00 to 12:00. The evening session will run from 18:00 to 19:30.

Programme Costs

Please note that the 2023 series of the ACE programme is now fully booked and no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest in the next series of the programme and we will contact you when more information is available.

This programme costs £2,495pp. VAT is not charged.

The application process for this series is now open. If you have any questions about the programme, please email CCE@city.ac.uk.

Bursary scheme for smaller charities
The Centre for Charity Effectiveness is keen to make the Aspiring Chief Executives programme accessible to as many organisations as possible, regardless of their size. As a result, we are offering a bursary scheme which would give a maximum of two individuals from smaller charities the opportunity to apply for the programme at the reduced price of £1,995pp.

In order to be eligible for the bursary the applicant’s organisation must have an annual turnover of less than £500,000. The two bursary positions will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you would like to be considered for the bursary, please complete the relevant section in the application form.

Who Should Attend

Aspiring Chief Executives has been designed specifically for senior leaders who are already employed within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, who would like to enhance their senior leadership capabilities or who are considering the step up to a chief executive position.

To be eligible for the programme you will need to be currently in a post reporting directly to a chief executive and leading a team of staff. If you are unsure about your eligibility for this programme please contact us at CCE@city.ac.uk

Applying for the programme

Please note that the 2023 series of the ACE programme is now fully booked and no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest in the next series of the programme and we will contact you when more information is available.

Why choose our Aspiring Chief Executive Programme?

This flagship programme has been designed to encompass a series of engaging, and highly participative, online sessions delivered by CCE's leadership development specialist tutors, with contributions from other subject matter experts and current non-profit CEOs. The programme combines online workshops, action learning sets and other course materials and activities to support reflection, interactive group and peer learning, and the practical application of new thinking to emerging and real-world challenges.

Benefits to you

  • Increase your confidence in your leadership skills
  • Appraise the role of chief executive - understand the behaviour and qualities required of the role
  • Learn how to lead with agility
  • Enhance your presence, communication and relational leadership skills
  • Build an enduring peer support network for your ongoing development and your future career.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Understand how to improve organisational effectiveness through:
    • Operational flexibility
    • Responsive financial leadership
    • Sustainable strategy
  • Learn how to shape an organisation through positive relationships, dialogue and action
  • Understand how to influence the chair and board, to engage stakeholders, and to incorporate diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Widen your organisation's professional network.

"A programme I would very much recommend to colleagues and one I hope to support my organisation's Service Directors to attend in due course."

- Paul Gartland, Horton Housing Association

Programme Leaders

The programme will be co-facilitated by programme leaders Tammy Tawadros and Mandy Hetherton. You will also hear from a range of other external speakers and sector experts.

Tammy Tawadros
Tammy is a consultant and visiting lecturer with CCE. She is an executive coach, organisational consultant and work psychologist. Tammy has many years’ experience of the design and delivery of a broad range of leadership, organisational development and culture change initiatives.
Read her blog about living and leading in uncertain times.

Mandy Hetherton
Mandy Hetherton is a CCE consultant and an accredited Professional Executive Coach, facilitator and action learning specialist. She has provided leadership development and executive coaching for a range of national and local charities including Mind and Amnesty International UK, and was the board lead on governance for Albert Kennedy Trust (akt). Mandy has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in People and Organisation Development.

"It was a truly excellent experience. I have acquired a whole new toolkit that will enable me to be a better leader both in my current role and in any future CEO roles. I have also gained a very valuable network through the course tutors and my fellow participants. I would recommend it highly to senior leaders in charitable organisations looking to progress into CEO roles."

COVID-19 response

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.