Stepping into Comms Leadership
Cost: £450+vat for all three sessions: dates below. Acceptance on the workshops is by application: contact Harri for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roots and Shoots
Walnut Tree Walk,
A set of three workshops supporting senior comms professionals through the transition from senior management to leadership.
Becoming a visionary leader requires embodying a new set of skills. These workshops will support and inspire senior comms professionals looking to move from senior management to leadership (for example from head of department to director level – and beyond).
This set of workshops is now fully booked. We will be running the workshops again in the Autumn. For more information, please email Harri: email@example.com
As a delegate you will
- Hear the experiences of other senior leaders in the sector who have made the transition
- Create an ongoing supportive network of peers from other charities
- Gain tools and strategies for success
- Improve your confidence in your ability to lead.
What to expect from the sessions
Each session will focus on an aspect of leadership transition – a key developmental theme which surfaces when one moves from a managerial role into leadership role (outlined below).
In each session:
- 9.30 – 10.00: network and get to know different members of the group
- 10.00 – 10.30: a CEO from the charity sector (who has moved up from a comms position) will tell us their personal story of how they tackled the session’s theme in the development of their career as a leader
- 10.30 – 11.00: Q&A session with the speaker
- 11.00 – 12.00: facilitated discussion led by Griff Griffiths from Cocomotion. We will explore your reaction to the CEO talk, how different themes relate to your situation, what it means for you in terms of your own development needs and identify new ideas and action for you to take away
- 12.00 – 13.00: sit-down lunch and informal networking
- 13.00: session ends
To book a place:
These workshops are exclusive for organisational members of CharityComms. This is an application only event for heads of department/assistant directors (or equivalent level) working in charities with a turnover of more than £5 million. The cost is £450+vat. The fee covers all three sessions. Please get in touch with Sarah if you would like to book onto this event: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 2 March, 9.30 – 13.00
Speaker: David Barker, CEO, Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Theme: Leading from the Self
Your accumulated operational experience can be a solid base from which to lead, and provide a sense of security. How do you move beyond this to lead functions of which you have no operational experience and only a limited understanding? How can you show up as a leader – how can you embody leadership – in a way which draws on who you are as much as on what you know?
Thursday 20 April, 9.30 – 13.00
Speaker: Mark Atkinson, CEO, Scope
Theme: Using Your Difference
What’s the essence of what you bring and how does that align with the leadership culture of your organisation? Where they don’t align is where you can be usefully different in the leadership team, and can be the area where you fly or fall – or both!
Thursday 15 June, 9.30 – 13.00
Speaker: Gail Scott-Spicer, former CEO, Carers Trust
Theme: Riding Several Horses
At any one time there are multiple demands on your time, so how you balance and prioritise your time and ensure delivery through others is key. No single horse is difficult, it’s the complexity of them all together and the interface between them which can be challenging.
David Barker, CEO, Crohn’s and Colitis UK. David moved from the commercial world into the voluntary sector more years ago than he cares to remember. His work in the sector has seen him undertake a variety of senior management and leadership roles within a number of charities. David was previously director of communications and IT at Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Prior to this he was head of marketing and communications at the British Heart Foundation and head of media relations at RNID.
Mark Atkinson, CEO, Scope. Mark was previously director of external affairs at Scope. Prior to this, Mark worked in senior roles across policy, communications and strategy for Ambitious about Autism, the Local Government Association, Citizens Advice and Youth Sport Trust.
Gail Scott-Spicer, former CEO, Carers Trust. Gail was previously director of marketing and communications for The Scout Association and before that she worked as director of marketing and communications for the young people’s charity Rainer. She was also deputy chief executive of ACEVO and has held comms roles at the London Borough of Barnet, the Audit Commission, and in higher education and in public transport. Gail is also currently vice chair of CharityComms and a trustee of Money Advice Trust.
Griff Griffiths, director, Cocomotion. Griff created the award-winning Cocomotion network, which works with individuals, teams and whole organisations to: unpack assumptions, get clarity about what they do, understand what shapes their decision making, expand options, set direction and work better together to move forward.
The sessions are designed as a set of three and will run over a period of six months. Delegates attend all three sessions, get to know the group, and have the opportunity to reflect back with each other and the facilitator about experiences and learnings you have in the time period between sessions.[quote:457]
To book a place:
This set of workshops is exclusive for organisational members of CharityComms.
It is an application only event for heads of department/assistant directors (or equivalent level) working in charities with a turnover of more than £5 million. The cost is £450+vat. The fee covers all three sessions, including lunch and the workshop (workshops cannot be booked as independent sessions).
Please contact Harri for more information: email@example.com
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