New Chief Executives

Our New Chief Executives Programme (NCE) is ideal for busy nonprofit CEOs who want to stretch their learning, and to step up to the many demands and challenges of the role

Key information

Start date
2nd November 2023
online delivery

Programme Dates

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

Module 1: Thursday 2 & Friday 3 November 2023

Action Learning Set 1: Friday 1 December 2023

Module 2: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 January 2024

Action Learning Set 2: Friday 2 February 2024

Module 3: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 February 2024

Module 4: Thursday 21 & Friday 22 March 2024

Action Learning Set 3: Friday 19 April 2024

Module 5: Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May 2024

This programme is being delivered entirely online.

All modules in this programme will be delivered on Zoom from 9:00 to 13:00 on Thursdays and Fridays. All Action Learning Sets will be delivered online via Zoom and run from 09:00 to 12:00.

There will also be an evening 'in conversation with' two sector CEOs on a date to be confirmed closer to the time.

Programme Costs

This programme costs £2,795pp. VAT is not charged.

Bursary scheme for smaller charities
The Centre for Charity Effectiveness is keen to make the New 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.

Please note that the two bursary positions available with this programme have already been filled. We will no longer be accepting bursary applications for this programme.

Who Should Attend

The NCE programme has been designed specifically for new chief executives who are currently employed within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, with up to two years' experience in the role. To be eligible for the programme you will need to be reporting directly to a trustee board and leading a team of staff.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for this programme please contact us at [email protected]

Applying for the programme

Applications for this series are now open. Please complete this form to apply for the programme.

Please note that applications are considered in the order they are received and there are a limited number of places on this programme. Applications will close when all spaces on the programme have been filled.

Please read our cancellation policy.

Why choose our New Chief Executives programme?

This flagship programme has been designed using a series of fresh, engaging, and highly participative modules delivered by CCE's leadership development specialist tutors, with contributions from other subject matter experts and current nonprofit CEOs. The programme combines online workshops, online 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

  • Develop your personal leadership capability
  • Enhance your presence, communication and relational leadership skills
  • Build your confidence to lead with agility
  • Create an enduring peer support network
  • Be inspired by the career experiences of successful nonprofit chief executives.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Understand how to improve organisational effectiveness
  • 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.

“Undoubtedly the best training course I have ever done! Truly inspirational challenging and emotional. Thank you!”

- Roger Clark, Chief Executive, West London Mission

Programme Leaders

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

Being in a safe and supportive space with a group of peers has really impacted my confidence in my leadership role. I cannot endorse the course enough for anyone working in the sector who is newly or recently in role as a Chief Executive.

- Berkeley Wilde, Executive Director, The Diversity Trust