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
18th May 2023
mix of online and in person delivery

Programme Dates

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

Module 1: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 May 2023  (in-person)

Action Learning Set 1: Friday 2 June 2023  (online)

Module 2: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 June 2023  (in-person)

Action Learning Set 2: Friday 7 July 2023  (online)

Module 3: Thursday 7 & Friday 8 September 2023  (in-person)

Action Learning Set 3: Friday 29 September 2023  (online)

This programme is being delivered with both online and in-person elements.

All modules in this programme will be delivered in-person at Bayes Business School from 10:00 to 17:00 on Thursdays and from 09:00 to 16:00 on 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.

In order to apply for the bursary, please complete the relevant section in the application form.

Please note that the two bursary positions available for this programme have already been filled.

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

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.

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 in-person 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 Christine Fogg and Tammy Tawadros. You will also hear from a range of other external speakers and sector experts.

Christine FoggChristine Fogg
Christine is a consultant and visiting fellow within CCE, where she has worked for over ten years. She specialises in coaching, mentoring and facilitation, organisational capacity building and leadership development.

Tammy Tawadros
Tammy TawadrosTammy 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.
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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

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