Free charity leadership training scheme launches

Charity leaders are being offered the chance to access a free leadership training scheme that includes mentoring from experts from across a range of sectors.

The Pilotlight 360 scheme will offer a 10-month leadership training to senior charity executives and board members.

Successful applicants will be mentored and advised by business experts, who have worked across private and public sectors.

Advice on offer will be on around operational improvements and sustainable long-term business strategies.

The scheme is being run by the voluntary sector improvement charity Pilotlight.

The deadline for applications is January 12, 2022.

“Charities and social enterprises work tirelessly to tackle disadvantage and put their heart and soul into their causes,” said Pilotlight chief executive Ed Mayo.

“But, with competing pressures and opportunities, sometimes it’s difficult to know which direction to take.”

“Our programmes see empathetic business experts share their expertise with charities, bringing new perspectives, diverse skills, and vast experience to bear on the challenges they’re facing. Since 1996, we’ve helped more than 1,000 charities reach more people.”

According to Pilotlight charities that have been supported through the scheme have increased their income by more than a quarter (27%) on average.

Among charities to take part is the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

“We now have clarity about where the roles begin and end, the need for the CEO to own the strategic plan, and the need to reiterate the goals regularly to ensure that everyone is working for their achievement,” said QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman.

“The challenge has been brilliant, and I know that the conversations will stay with me for a long time.”

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