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.

Covid-19 response

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis all face-to-face teaching at Cass Business School has been moved online until the autumn 2020 to ensure the safety of students, delegates and staff. We continue to work with the evolving situation. CCE are delivering many of our scheduled professional development programmes, coaching and Action Learning sets online, in addition to consultancy assignments.

Our staff, faculty and consultants remain dedicated to supporting our clients during this challenging time; please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests to

Upcoming events

Charity Talk

Closing with dignity

Wednesday 18th November 18:15 until 19:45

Topic overview

How can we do organisational or project closures well; responsibly, intelligently and compassionately?

Since early 2020, the Stewarding Loss project has been exploring what can be done to design better organisational endings. The project began pre-pandemic, but since March, it has also focused on understanding the urgent and growing need of thousands of organisations facing closure as a result of the pressure arising from the pandemic. Our speakers will discuss key challenges and opportunities, principles and practicalities of this very current subject.

Speakers and chair

Our speakers on 18th November will be the co-chairs of the Stewarding Loss project:

  • Cassie Robinson: Senior Head, UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund & Co-founder of the Point People
  • Iona Lawrence: Freelance strategist working across the non-profit and profit sectors building collaborations and coalitions for change with clients across the charity, corporate and philanthropy sectors

We will also hear from Caroline Lien, the former Co-Chair of Westminster Carers Service, who will share her experience of leading a closure.

The event will be chaired by Alex Skailes, Director at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness

Event format

This is an online event.

18:15 Login to the online session, ready for a prompt 18:30 start

18:30 Welcome and introductions

18:45 Talk by speakers

19:20 Q&A session

19:35 Summary and close

Event closes by 19:45

How to register for this Charity Talk event

If you would like to sign up to attend our Charity Talk on Wednesday 18th November 2020 please register here.

You will be asked to submit your name and email address. Once you have completed this registration process, you will receive an automated email from CCE via Zoom containing the joining details for the event.


There is no fee for attending this pilot online Charity Talk event.

Charity Talk with Margaret Heffernan

Wednesday 24th February 2021
From 17:00 for an 17:30 start
Where: Online event

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Derek Holder Memorial lecture

TBC: June 2021
From 18:00 for an 18:30 start
Where: More details coming soon

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.

Charity Talks Archive (past events)

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