Being the CEO of a charitable organisation is exceptionally rewarding, but also uniquely demanding. Many of the challenges we face may sound familiar to corporate leaders too, but the differences are of huge significance. I have put my “top 10” challenges into four categories: purpose; people; pennies, and personal. All four are vitally important and… Continue reading 10 Key Challenges for not-for-profit sector CEOs (and how to solve them)
I have been working with Unicef UK to compile a collection of essays by leading authors to help inspire a new vision for the role the UK (“Global Britain”) could play in building a better post-pandemic world with children and future generations at its heart. 2021 sees world leaders getting together in a series of… Continue reading Global Britain: Becoming a leader for child rights at a time of crisis
I am currently a Trustee of two charities and have been on a couple of other Boards before. I have also been a CEO in the UK charity sector for 32 years, including leading a couple of the UK’s highest profile charities, and have worked with many others as a consultant. Over the years I’ve… Continue reading Top 5 Questions Trustees should ask their staff
This blog is addressed to all those who are leading charities and NGOs during the current unprecedented global crisis. Of course, each charity will face distinct challenges – and even opportunities – so this can only be a general set of thoughts. As a charity CEO for 32 years, I have been through crises before,… Continue reading Leadership in the time of corona – 5 things to think about
Electroneum: A Cryptocurrency ecosystem with a Development Mission The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015, set a radical world-changing agenda for humanity. By 2030, the SDGs aim to end poverty and hunger, ensure healthy lives and education for all, tackle gender inequality, improve access to clean water and sanitation, reduce inequality, tackle climate change and… Continue reading Leave No-one Behind?
In the wake of the crisis following revelations about the behaviour of some Oxfam staff in Haiti, the International Development sector has been gripped by the urgent need to put in place robust policies and processes to ensure safeguarding of vulnerable people in their orbit, be they participants in their programme work or members of… Continue reading What does a protective organisational culture look like?
This blog site was never intended as a place for book reviews. However, on this occasion a book says so much that chimes with my thinking, and that feels important in the current political context, that I felt a review would be appropriate. I hope you will read the review, but also the book itself,… Continue reading Wisdom, history and a remarkable life
If you are the CEO of an organisation, you know you can’t do it all by yourself. You can initiate and lead and inspire, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day for you to keep on top of everything that’s happening or needing attention and you can’t be an expert in every function,… Continue reading Making your Leadership Team the best
Day after day of media and political focus on Oxfam, extending to other humanitarian organisations and even to DFID and the Charity Commission, has upset me, not only because of the historic misdeeds of a few Oxfam staff, but because of the many falsehoods, simplifications, ignorance and hypocrisy that has characterised some of the coverage.… Continue reading In Support of Oxfam (#ISupportOxfam)