Since its formation, the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) has significantly increased the effectiveness of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the sector.
We have achieved this by combining our extensive practical experience with best practice theory and research to:
- Apply the latest business methods to the voluntary and community sector
- Develop relevant new ideas that work
- Extend and share knowledge
This is delivered via a blend of postgraduate programmes, research, talent development and consultancy services.
The Cass CCE vision
Cass CCE was formed in 2004 through a partnership between Cass Business School and The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. It is based on the vision of its founding director, Professor Ian Bruce, who wanted the voluntary and community sector to enjoy the qualities of leadership and management development that he had experienced in the private sector.
The result is a centre of excellence where academics, management consultants and other not-for-profit experts pool their knowledge and expertise. The focus is always on helping volunteers, paid workers, managers and leaders to improve the effectiveness of their organisations.
Professor Paul Palmer took over as Director of the Centre in January 2010 and brings with him a wealth of academic and practitioner experience.
Cass CCE's governance is secured through two overarching forums:
- The Centre for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement at Cass Business School
- The City Centre for Charity Effectiveness Trust
By sitting within Cass Business School, Cass CCE is subject to the discipline of a world-class and rigorous academic institution.
The City Centre for Charity Effectiveness Trust (registered charity no. 1101084) was established by the joint founders of Cass CCE. It raises funds to support our work and is subject to relevant charity law and the scrutiny of the Charity Commissioners.
Professor Paul Palmer
Cass CCE's Director, Professor Paul Palmer is accountable to Cass Business School and the City Centre for Charity Effectiveness Trust. He also directs our Voluntary Sector Postgraduate MSc and Diploma programmes.
Professor Jenny Harrow
Professor Jenny Harrow directs the Research Centre.
Denise Fellows, Director and CEO of Consultancy and Talent Development is a Senior Visiting Fellow within Cass Business School and leads our Consultancy and Talent Development work.