Charity Talks

Hear charity leaders share their expertise on the challenges facing the sector. This evening lecture series has welcomed over 10,000 attendees since it was founded 25 years ago by Professor Ian Bruce.

Upcoming events

Derek Holder memorial lecture - 29th January 2020

In 2018, Cass CCE partnered with the DM Trust to launch a series of annual lectures to mark the outstanding contribution to marketing by Derek Holder, the founder of the Institute of Direct Marketing.

Focus on content - Communicate your vision effectively

An evening with Sophie Humphreys OBE, co-founder of Pause Creating Space for Change, and Stephen Thorn, Cass CCE marketing strategy specialist.

We are delighted to welcome Sophie Humphreys OBE who founded Pause, a charity that works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care.

She will draw on her first-hand experiences of scaling an organisation, demonstrating how strong and consistent brand messaging is of critical importance to develop momentum.  Drawing on powerful examples from her own career and charity journeys, she will show how and why important causes must be represented with clarity, integrity and a sense of urgency to really achieve the degree of impact needed.

Stephen Thorn has a background in communications, marketing and fundraising in both the commercial and charity sectors working with a wide variety of clients from small international NGOs to a Big 4 accountancy charitable foundation. He will look at data drawn from across the sector, using case studies and academic research, to paint the bigger picture and provide plenty of ideas to take away for your nonprofit.

Key information


Wednesday 29th January 2020 From 18:00 for an 18:30 start, with drinks and nibbles from 20:00 onwards,


Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ


Free to attend, but registration is required.

Register to attend the Derek Holder Memorial Lecture now.

What is the format of Charity Talks?

  • Presentation – by a leading figure in the sector of a current key issue facing people in nonprofit organisations
  • Response – from a top academic or consultant broadening out the topic to develop the issues and offering guidance for action
  • Discussion – an opportunity for the audience to question, debate and share their ideas
  • Buffet reception – a chance to meet and talk with the speakers and colleagues from other similar organisations.

Upcoming Charity Talks

  • Wednesday 24th June 2020 (more details coming soon)

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