Partnership group launching with SWDDF

By 29/03/2016ella News, Forum

SWDDF (150x84)We are delighted to be launching an ella group in partnership with the South West Development Directors’ Forum. The aim of this group, set to start in September, is to inspire and develop the leaders of charities in the South West.

Is this development programme for me?

This programme is open to any charity leader who holds strategic and budgetary responsibility and wishes to improve their leadership skills. We guarantee to help you tackle your personal and organisational issues through group sessions and personal coaching.

The programme addresses:

  • Personal Effectiveness and your Leadership Style – how to engage and inspire those around you
  • Strategy and Business Planning – how to position your charity within the wider world and embed strategic change within it
  • Governance – what you need to know and why to improve
  • Impact measurement – how this affects your role and how can you do better
  • Negotiations and how to lead difficult conversations
  • Topical issues brought up by the group, and from individual needs analysis

Take this opportunity to create a useful network of impartial advisors

 “The 80+ charities in our forum have talented chief executives and Development/Fundraising Directors who do incredible work, often in challenging circumstances. Lack of affordable, accessible, sector-specific leadership development mean the needs of charity leaders in the South West are not being met.  The South West Development Directors’ Forum has responded by creating a bespoke programme for senior charity leaders in our region. We are partnering with ella forums to offer you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills through coaching, expert input and peer support with time to apply what you learn to your organisation, reinvigorated and inspired.”

Nancy Chambers, Chair of South West Development Directors’ Forum

There are three parts to the programme:

  1. Expert led sessions
    Leaders in their field come to share their experience at 10 monthly sessions. Topics and speakers are based on the needs of the group and each member completes a Needs Analysis prior to the start of the course.
  1. Action Learning
    Each session will include time for action learning – to help you tackle your biggest challenges.
  1. Coaching
    Benefit from three coaching sessions with Jenny Perez, who will help you look at your biggest challenges, shift your perspective and examine work from new angles.

 ella All Group Forum in London
An additional member benefit is to attend two ella Forum in London at no extra cost, these attract high profile speakers and are an excellent way to network with other colleagues across the UK.

ella forums

ella forums were set up by Brian Chernett, the Founder of the Academy for Chief Executives, which for 18 years has helped thousands of CEOs achieve measurable results for their organisations. Jenny Perez, Chair of this group, has worked in the voluntary sector for 23 years, rising up through the ranks as a fundraiser to CEO of a national children’s charity. Jenny holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership Management/ Coaching and mentoring, working towards an MSc at University of West of England. An experienced facilitator, speaker and coach, Jenny lives and works in the South West.


  • The programme begins in September 2016 at central Bristol / Bath venues
  • Bookings will close on 30th June 2016

We are pleased to have secured bursary support allowing a limited number of discounted places for charities with an income below £500,000 pa. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to be considered for a bursary place please tick the box on the booking form and state your charity’s annual turnover.

To receive a booking form please email Jenny Perez –  or to discuss in more detail please call Jenny Perez on 07790 289188 or Nancy Chambers on 07793 753331

“After Forum I am left feeling inspired, energised and reflective, which encourages me to look at what I’m doing and if there are ways of doing it better”

Dara De Burca, Director of Services at Clic Sargent