Podcast Series

CCE podcast series produced in partnership with Good Charity Bad Charity.

These conversational podcasts, produced in partnership with Good Charity Bad Charity are designed to engage and stimulate thinking about current issues and challenges in the charity and nonprofit sector. In each episode, three presenters chat with a charity leader about their world, their passions, and their top tips for improvement.

CCE Director Alex Skailes has joined the podcast team to explore the key topics facing the charity sector. You can listen to her contributions in the episodes below.

Supported by the City Bridge Trust, the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity Bridge House Trust Estates (registered charity number 1035628).

Recent podcasts

Listen now: Danny Kruger MP – We need the whole of government to think about civil society not as the cleaners that come in after the mess has been made, but as the central agency of our society

Alex Skailes and the Goodcharitybadcharity team talk with Danny Kruger MP about his recent report for Government on maximising the role of Civil Society post Covid19: “Levelling up our Communities: proposals for a new social covenant”. This episode was recorded in September 2020.

Listen now: This government has to be shamed into re-engaging – Stephen Hale, Chief Executive, Refugee Action

The GCBC team are joined by Stephen Hale, Chief Executive of Refugee Action - one of the UK’s leading charities supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Stephen explains how he’s dealing with a situation in which the government won’t pick up the phone to refugee charities; why the charity sector needs to tell a better story about itself; and how Covid-19 has provided a unique opportunity for collaboration with other refugee charities.

Past episodes

Listen now: For the first time in its history, Childline is not open 24/7. We couldn’t get the staff and volunteers to keep the service going round the clock – Dame Esther Rantzen, Founder, Childline and The Silver Line

Dame Esther discusses the impact of the pandemic on the charities she founded, reflects on what decades of experience in the charity sector have taught her, and explains why it can be useful for a charity to have a “loose cannon” around. This episode was recorded in August 2020.

Listen now: Charities are making tough decisions about who to furlough, who to let go, and they’re all running so fast, but this will be a marathon

Reflecting on the impact that Covid-19 is having on the charity sector Alex Skailes joins the GCBC team to discuss cash flow, the dilemmas of furloughing, and a new vision for UK charity. This episode was recorded in May 2020.

Listen to the entire series

The entire podcast series with guests from the charity sector is available to stream is available on all good podcast platforms (Apple, Spotify, iHeart, RadioPublic, and RSS) and from the Good Charity, Bad Charity website. Listen to the podcast series so far


Listen now: We’re Seeing Reverse Darwinism; organisations which were the strongest a year ago are now the most challenged – Paul Streets, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation

Paul Streets, Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation and visiting professor at Cass Business School discusses how his organisation is responding to the challenges of Covid-19 and whether the crisis could lead to a new economic settlement.