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Workshop Series: Stepping into Comms Leadership Spring 2021

Stepping into Comms Leadership

13 May 2021 09.30 - 12:00

A set of three workshops exclusively for heads of department/assistant directors (or equivalent) at organisational members of CharityComms.

Cost: £150+ VAT for all three sessions
Dates: 13 May, 10 June, 8 July

Online via Zoom

This workshop is now fully booked and we are operating a waiting list. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please email

We are also running the workshop again in the Autumn with different guest speakers and you can find out more here

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 three online workshops supports senior comms professionals through the transition from senior management to leadership. These events will run from 9:30 to 12:00 on these dates:

  • 13 May
  • 10 June
  • 8 July

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

Who the workshops are for:

  • These workshops are exclusive to organisational members of CharityComms 
  • This is an event for heads of department/assistant directors (or equivalent level)
  • The workshop fee covers all three sessions – please note that workshops cannot be booked as independent sessions

If you have any questions about this event or your eligibility, please get in touch with Vanessa.

Places are limited to 15 people in total for this workshop series. The workshops are not recorded and Chatham House Rules apply.

What to expect from the sessions

The sessions are designed as a set of three and will run over a period of three 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.

Full programme:

13 May Session:
9.30 – 12.00

A leader like you

Our first guest chief executive will tell their leadership story. We ask them to tell us frankly and personally about their experiences facing the challenges that leadership brings – to speak as themselves, not about themselves – and there will be plenty of time to ask questions.

In the second part of the session, we’ll use what we’ve heard as material to start thinking about our own leadership.

There will be some simple ‘homework’ to do to prepare for the next session – this won’t be time-consuming.

Guest speaker: Dr Ava Easton, CEO, Encephalitis Society 

Over the past 20 years, Dr Ava Easton has gone from encephalitis support worker to renowned, global expert and leading charity CEO.


10 June Session:
9.30 – 12.00

The uncertainty of leading

As leaders we often need to make decisions in situations that are full of competing demands. Sometimes referred to as ‘tough calls’ or ‘judgement calls’, such decisions have to be made in uncertainty – a single solution that satisfies all the needs of the situation rarely exists.

In this session we will use some simple techniques to explore how to name and work with the tensions that show up in our work currently.


8 July Session:
9.30 – 12.00

A leader like you

Our second guest chief executive will tell their leadership story – again, speaking as themselves, not about themselves, and again with time to ask questions.

In the second part of the session, we’ll use a simple technique of inquiry to explore our own developing stories as leaders.

Guest speaker: Lucy Abraham, CEO, Glass Door Homeless Charity 

Lucy Abraham is a leader that inspires and brings out the best in her team – championing training, encouraging discussion, and ensuring resources to connect people are available.



Griff Griffiths, Cocomotion

Griff supports individuals and organisations in developing their capacity to make sense of, and move forward in, complex situations. He is co-author of a forthcoming short book about decision-making and the need for leaders at any level to be able to hold multiple tensions.


“I think many of us would admit that we don’t always find the time to reflect on our own leadership and areas for growth as its easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day. These workshops made me realise just how important it is – but also gave me the framework and space to do this. It was really useful to hear from, and question, the CEOs who spoke candidly and offered up some real nuggets of advice. Equally, the opportunity to talk things through with my peers in the sector was hugely valuable. Would really recommend.”

Katie Bennett
special projects lead – policy, campaigns and partnershipsAlzheimer’s Society