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: A juggernaut comes along and people get missed – Mike Adamson, CEO, British Red Cross

The GCBC team are joined by Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross. Mike discusses the charity's role in responding to Covid, how he's planning to manage a significant deficit in BRC's income over the coming years, and what the pandemic has revealed about volunteering. This episode was recorded in March 2021

Listen now: If we trust communities and work with them, we’ll get the best possible outcome – Matt Leach, CEO Local Trust and Sandi Phillips, Chair, Elthorne Pride

The GCBC team are joined by Matt Leach, CEO of Local Trust, which delivers Big Local: a 15-year programme distributing £1.15m of Lottery funding to 150 neighbourhoods across England to spend as they choose. They’re also joined by Sandi Phillips, Chair of Elthorne Pride Big Local in Islington, North London, who describes the impact of the initiative on her local community. This episode was recorded in January 2021.

Past episodes

Listen now: From equality towards social justice – Fozia Irfan OBE, Director of Children and Young People, BBC Children in Need

The GCBC team are joined by Fozia Irfan OBE, who started her new job as Director of Children and Young People at BBC Children in Need in October 2020. Fozia explains why working for the organisation is her “dream job”, what she hopes to achieve in her new post, and why grantmakers need to be wary of imposing a model which charities must conform to. This episode was recorded in January 2021.

Listen now: These last months have shown that schools and teachers are on the frontlines – Catherine Roche, Chief Executive, Place2Be

Catherine Roche discusses the impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health; the benefits of having HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as the charity’s patron; and the charity’s plan, in partnership with Young Voices, to smash the Guinness World Record for “largest simultaneous sing” by leading thousands of children in a rendition of Bill Withers’s “Lovely Day” for Children’s Mental Health Week in February 2021. This episode was recorded in December 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.