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08.55 – 09.00 Chair’s opening
Lauren Weymouth, Editor, Charity Times

09.00 – 09.25 Opening keynote: Authentic leadership
Julie Bentley, CEO, Samaritans
Sonya Trivedy, Executive Director for Income Generation

In conversation: How personal and professional challenges can enhance our authenticity and abilities as leaders
In this opening keynote, Julie Bentley, listed as one of Charity Times’ Most Influential Leaders, and Sonya Trivedy share the platform, discussing how leadership and personal life experience can act as an opportunity for reflection and learning.

09.25 – 09.50 Navigating the return to the office
Pascale Harvie, President and General Manager, Blackbaud
Jon Walder, Director of People, International Markets Group, Blackbaud

09.50 – 10.20 Panel discussion: Understanding unconscious bias and building a more inclusive workplace
Lauren Weymouth, Editor, Charity Times
Tiger de Souza, People Engagement Director, National Trust
Srabani Sen, Chair, ActionAid and Founder, Full Colour

In this panel discussion, experts from across the sector will discuss how leaders can, first and foremost, understand how some traditional leadership methods might be exclusive and how, as organisations move back to the workplace, leaders can use the fresh start as an opportunity to put more inclusive processes in place.

10.30 – 10.45 How has the pandemic changed the future of civil society?
Dame Julia Unwin, Chair, Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society

In 2018, Julia Unwin chaired an inquiry into the future of civil society. It found a number of flaws within the sector and some huge room for improvement. But following a year of rapid and drastic change, just how far has the sector come? Unwin will explore what the future for civil society looked like then and – more importantly – what it looks like now.

10.45 – 11.00 Break

11.00 – 11.25 Keynote: How to use social media as an effective platform for change
Wanda Wyporska, Director, The Equality Trust

In this keynote session, Wyporska looks at the role social media can have in charity leadership post-Covid. As the winner of the 2020 Social CEO of the Year award, she shares her experiences of using social media as a charity CEO; it’s pros and cons; dealing with trolls and using it as a platform to raise greater awareness.

11.25 – 11.50 How to put sustainability at the heart of the investment approach
David Osfield, Fund Manager, Edentree

What does it really mean to put sustainability at the heart of the investment approach? This session will highlight why understanding what a company does is as important as how it does it. David will illustrate how in-depth due diligence of the how can uncover stark risks attached to once seemingly compelling investment opportunities, whilst also identifying innovative companies that are capable of delivering superior returns.

11.50 – 12.20 Live Q&A: To merge or not to merge?
Ali Stunt, CEO & FounderPancreatic Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland
Fiona Brown, Development Manager, Pancreatic Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland

After an extremely difficult financial year, charities fighting for the same cause are under more pressure than ever to join forces to have more impact with fewer resources. But what does undergoing a merger really involve, and is it really worth the hype? Lauren Weymouth asks two leaders with first-hand experience in this live Q&A.

12.20 – 12.40 Lunch

12.40 – 13.05 Wellbeing: How to prioritise mental health in the workplace
Aisha Sheikh-Anene, Chair, Mental Health Foundation

As many charities return back to a face-to-face environment after a challenging years, how can leaders protect the mental health of themselves, and their staff? What new routines can be established and how can leaders look to spot signs of burnout? This session will explore some of these issues at a crucial time for emotional wellbeing in the workplace – and beyond.

13.10 – 13.35 Responsibilities of leaders in ensuring safe and compliant fundraising practices: an update from the Fundraising Regulator
Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive, Fundraising Regulator

In this session the chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator will provide a regulatory update on what charity leaders should know to ensure their organisations are complying with the relevant legal and ethical fundraising standards. This includes an overview of the regulator’s new and updated Coronavirus guidance to highlight some of the issues you should consider as restrictions continue to ease.

13.35 – 14.00 Boards behaving badly: what changes need to be made to make trustee boards fit for the future?
Penny Wilson, CEO, Getting On Board

In this hair-raising session, Penny Wilson takes a light-hearted look at tales of dysfunctional trustee and CEO behaviours. She’ll examine the composition of our boards and give you food for thought on who really holds the power in our organisations.

14.00 – 14.30 Keynote: The power of cross-sector collaboration post-pandemic
Javed Khan, CEO, Barnardo’s

In this closing keynote, Javed Kahn will discuss how effective collaboration will be the ultimate secret to success post-pandemic. Drawing on his experience of leading one of the UK’s largest charities through a crisis, Kahn will highlight how important and rewarding it can be to form coalitions, campaign collectively and support fellow leaders in an increasingly challenging environment.

14.30 – 14.35 Chair’s round-up
Lauren Weymouth, Editor, Charity Times