CEO Breakfast Seminars

Breakfast SeminarOur twice-yearly, invitation-only seminars are simply the only place where the CEOs of the UK’s largest charities come together in intimate groups to share their insights and experiences around some of the sector’s greatest challenges and opportunities.

Attendance is typically capped at around 16 CEOs to ensure everyone gets heard, and gets what they need from the session.

For details on the next CEO Seminar click here

Previous topics have included:

  • Building Impactful Coalitions: unlocking the potential of collaborations
  • Purposeful Strategy: strategy’s role in a rapidly changing landscape
  • The Future of Volunteering: the greatest post-pandemic opportunity
  • Strategic Innovation: for income and impact
  • Planning your end game: six ways to accelerate your mission
  • The agile organisation: how to thrive in turbulent times
  • Income diversification: how to rapidly grow trading income
  • Empowered organisation: developing leadership at all levels
  • Commercial capabilities: how to build them quickly and comprehensively
  • Culture change: how to professionalise and commercialise your team
  • Modernisation: overcoming the barriers to change
  • Collaboration and consolidation: catalysing M&A opportunities
  • Earning more income: generating sustainable trading surplus

What previous attendees have said:

“Martyn runs really stretching and stimulating learning sessions that offer a rare and efficient blend of distilled theory and real life experience from leading practitioners” Mike Adamson, CEO, British Red Cross

“Great opportunity to refesh your thinking and make that one invaluable connection” Irene Sobowale, CEO, The Disabilities Trust

“Martyn, you have filled a vacuum in the sector (maybe more than you realise)” Matt Hyde, CEO, Scouts

“Always thought provoking, and some of the most interesting thinkers in the sector” Neil Heslop, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation

“Great way of active learning, supporting your own career development and networks” Catherine Johnstone, CEO, Royal Voluntary Service

“I really appreciate the support, guidance and wisdom you have brought to me and the sector. Inspiring and energising.” Paul Anticoni, CEO, World Jewish Relief

“Valuable insights and engaging discussion. Well worth getting out of bed early for!”, Amanda Batten, CEO, Contact a Family

“Thoughtful, credible leaders addressing tough stuff with open minds” Sir Peter Wanless, CEO, NSPCC

“Good honest high level debate with peers” Henny Braund, CEO, Anthony Nolan

“Valuable time out to discuss challenging issues in a stimulating peer environment” James Blake, CEO, Youth Hostel Association

“Opportunity to explore with serious peers, serious questions in a warm, positive and genuinely supportive setting” Martin Houghton-Brown, CEO, St John Ambulance

“Thought-provoking discussion which helped identify gaps in my thinking but provided confidence in my direction of travel”, Petra Ingram, CEO, Horseworld

“A rare opportunity to think about an important organisational issue with a peer group of CEOs” David Holmes, CEO, Family Action

“Very stimulating. Great mix of ideas, tools and analysis from Martyn” Jonathan Senker, CEO, Voiceability

I found the seminar very useful, particularly your views from the commercial sector”, Caroline Stevens, CEO, National Autistic Society

“These sessions are an investment in strategic thinking and exploration, conducted in a mutually respectful environment of peers where every voice counts” Bob Reitemeier, CEO, ICAN

“Have a clear head, this is high protein” Nick Caplin, CEO, Blind Veterans UK

An opportunity to connect with peers, learn from a range of perspectives and understand more about different principles and models to underpin our work  and improve its effectiveness”, Katharine Sacks-Jones, CEO, Become Charity

“Great to hear the experiences of others on some of the challenges I face”, Dalton Leong, CEO, The Children’s Trust

“Great opportunity to pause and reflect with others facing similar challenges”, Kieron Boyle, CEO, Guys and St Thomas Charity

“A small group of highly skilled peers and a well presented and facilitated discussion”, Carol Homden CBE, CEO, Coram Group

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