Stepping into Comms Leadership – Spring 2018
Cost: £450+vat for all three sessions.
Dates: Wed 7 March, Thu 3 May and Wed 6 June
These workshops are fully booked. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list or to the mailing list for Autumn 2018, please get in touch with Harri: email@example.com
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).
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.
“I found the whole experience very beneficial. It’s kick-started a lot of thinking about where I want to go next and how I might achieve that, and it has put me in touch with some great fellow charity comms leaders.”
head of regional external affairs,
Macmillan Cancer Support
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 – 11.10: Quick comfort break
- 11.10 – 12.10: 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
- 12.10 – 13.00: sit-down lunch and informal networking
- 13.00: session ends
Who the workshops are for:
- 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, including lunch and the workshop (workshops cannot be booked as independent sessions)
These workshops are now fully booked. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list or to the mailing list for Autumn 2018, please get in touch with Harri.
Wednesday 7 March, 9.30 – 13.00
Speaker: Anita Grover, CEO, Auditory Verbal 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 3 May, 9.30 – 13.00
Speaker: Adrian Burder, CEO, Dogs Trust
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!
Wednesday 6 June, 9.30 – 13.00
Speaker: Athena Lamnisos, CEO, The Eve Appeal
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.
"The Charity Comms Leadership course was fantastic. Having access to three CEOs from the sector who were very open in sharing their career journey and all the highs and lows that came with it, gave a fascinating insight and some real solid learning points. It was great to learn from them and to ask questions about how they lead, how they overcome challenges and just general advice on techniques for being a good leader. Networking with other colleagues on the course was very beneficial to me and I feel I have a network of people I can call on to share ideas and ask advice from."
head of PR and engagement,
Action for Children
Anita Grover, CEO, Auditory Verbal UK
Anita became the chief executive of Auditory VerbalUK , a charity working with pre-school deaf children, in 2013 after a successful career in the public sector. As a senior civil servant, she led communications and marketing on the government’s disability, employers, pensions and poverty agendas, working with a succession of cabinet ministers, business leaders and third sector organisations. She was the first CEO of a UK-based charity to be awarded the Macquarie David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship and was nominated for the 2015 Rising CEO of the Year at the Third Sector Awards. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a primary school governor. In December 2016, Anita was awarded a Fellowship by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.
Adrian Burder, CEO, Dogs Trust
Adrian joined Dogs Trust (then called the National Canine Defence League) in 1994. Originally employed as the charity’s sole fundraiser, he subsequently became marketing director in 1996 and, whilst in that role, was appointed deputy CEO in 2004. He was promoted to CEO in 2014. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, caring for over 15,000 stray and abandoned dogs every year at their 21 rehoming centres. Additionally, Dogs Trust runs extensive campaigns to promote responsible dog ownership throughout the UK and Ireland. A sister charity, Dogs Trust Worldwide supports over 50 dog welfare projects in more than 30 countries.
Athena Lamnisos, CEO, The Eve Appeal
Athena is a senior third sector leader, and currently CEO of leading women’s cancer research charity The Eve Appeal. A results-driven senior strategist and engagement specialist, Athena is experienced at driving through developmental change by bringing all stakeholders together in positive, creative environments. In her current role at The Eve Appeal, Athena is ambitious in her plans to move women’s cancers up the public, policy and funding agenda. A former director of fundraising and communications at Friends of the Earth, and one of the founding board members at social change agency, Forster Communications. She has served as a trustee for a number of charities including The Forgiveness Project and Fareshare.
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.
“It’s been one of the most helpful things career wise I’ve ever done. Talking to charity chief execs with comms backgrounds about how they made their mark was really inspiring and helpful. The time spent chatting to peers about the shared issues we all face was also super useful. I couldn’t recommended it more highly.”
Head of global PR and media,