Aspiring Chief Executives

This intensive training course is designed to empower nonprofit leaders who want to become chief executives.

Covid-19 response

All of our professional development programmes and events from September 2020 will be delivered online during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will be using different platforms and programme formats in order to ensure that all our programmes offer a high-quality, varied and engaging learning experience.

CCE remains fully committed to delivering our 2020-21 professional development programmes and other events, in spite of restrictions on face-to-face activities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rescheduled spring 2020 CCE programmes:

Anyone who had signed up for or started a CCE programme which was postponed in spring 2020, will be contacted individually with new dates and programme details.

Programme delivery developments during 2020-21:

Where appropriate we will offer our programmes online for the whole of 2020-21, so that anyone who wishes to may continue to learn online throughout their chosen programme, without the need to travel or attend sessions in person.

During the coming months, City, University of London, including CCE, will continue to closely monitor developments in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest information about City, University of London’s response to the pandemic can be found on the students and visitors page.

At such time as face-to-face meetings may become possible again, and depending on the logistics and spaces required to enable full compliance with any social distancing measures, we will aim to provide learning in face-to-face formats once again for those who wish to take up that option. Face-to-face learning would be offered in parallel with our core online offering. We will publish more details of any such developments in due course.

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

Key information

Start date
28th January 2021
13 half days across 7 months

Programme Dates

The programme will consist of thirteen half day online workshops on the dates listed below.

All Thursday sessions will begin at 1pm and run to 5pm. All Friday sessions will start at 9am and finish by 1pm. On Thursday 11th March there will also be an evening event running from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Module 1: Thursday 28th January 2021 and Friday 29th January 2021

Action Learning Set 1: Friday 12th February 2021

Module 2: Thursday 11th March 2021 and Friday 12th March 2021

Module 3: Thursday 22nd April 2021 and Friday 23rd April 2021

Action Learning Set 2: Friday 7th May 2021

Module 4: Thursday 10th June 2021 and Friday 11th June 2021

Action Learning set 3: Friday 25th June 2021

Module 5: Thursday 15th July 2021 and Friday 16th July 2021

Programme Costs

The programme costs £1,745 per person. VAT is not charged.

This programme fee covers the ten half-day online workshops, three half-day online Action Learning Sets, and all programme materials and administration.

Programme Tutors

The programme will be co-facilitated by tutors Christine Fogg and Tammy Tawadros. You will also hear from a range of other external speakers and sector experts.

Christine Fogg

Christine is a consultant and visiting fellow within CCE, where she has worked for over ten years. She specialises in coaching, mentoring and facilitation, organisational capacity building and leadership development.

Tammy Tawadros

Tammy is a consultant and visiting lecturer with CCE. She is an executive coach, organisational consultant and work psychologist.  Tammy has many years’ experience of the design and delivery of a broad range of leadership, organisational development and culture change initiatives.

Why choose our Aspiring Chief Executive Programme?

Designed to empower nonprofit leaders looking to take the next step in their careers, our Aspiring Chief Executives Programme (ACE) will increase your confidence and ability to excel in your current leadership role, appraise the post of chief executive as a future career option, and build your leadership toolkit and presence to maximise your potential as a future chief executive.

"A programme I would very much recommend to colleagues and one I hope to support my organisation's Service Directors to attend in due course."

- Paul Gartland, Horton Housing Association

Who should attend

This course has been designed specifically for senior leaders who are already employed within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, considering the step up to a chief executive position.

Please contact us if you are interested but fall outside of this requirement.

The purpose of our Aspiring Chief Executives Programme

To empower those aspiring to become charity chief executives: to increase their confidence and excel in their current leadership roles; to appraise the role of chief executive as a future career option; and to build their leadership toolkit, so as to maximise their potential as future chief executives.

What you will gain

This programme is designed to empower aspiring chief executives to build high-level strategic expertise and awareness of their personal impact.

  • Develop your unique leadership presence, feel confident in your role, and build an enduring peer support network
  • Learn how to bring about sustainable organisational change, sharpen your strategic thinking, and expand your knowledge of relationships in the sector
  • Understand Chair, CEO and top team dynamics to maximise effective governance, engage your stakeholders, and work effectively with conflict and difference to transform and position your organisation
  • Be inspired by sector experts and apply your learning directly to the practical challenges you face in the workplace.

"It was a truly excellent experience. I have acquired a whole new toolkit that will enable me to be a better leader both in my current role and in any future CEO roles. I have also gained a very valuable network through the course tutors and my fellow participants. I would recommend it highly to senior leaders in charitable organisations looking to progress into CEO roles."