New Chief Executives

This training programme is designed to provide new chief executives with in-depth professional development opportunities

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
3rd December 2020
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 4th February there will also be an evening event running from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Module 1: Thursday 3rd December 2020 and Friday 4th December 2020

Action Learning Set 1: Friday 8th January 2021

Module 2: Thursday 4th February 2021 and Friday 5th February 2021

Module 3: Thursday 4th March 2021 and Friday 5th March 2021

Action Learning Set 2: Friday 26th March 2021

Module 4: Thursday 29th April 2021 and Friday 30th April 2021

Action Learning Set 3: Friday 21st May 2021

Module 5: Thursday 17th June 2021 and Friday 18th June 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 New Chief Executives programme?

At a time when many nonprofit organisations are confronted by extraordinary challenges, our New Chief Executives Programme (NCE) offers a high quality, practice-based, value-for-money learning experience. It is designed to invest new chief executives with high-level strategic expertise and awareness of their personal impact. You will be empowered to lead your organisation confidently, dynamically and effectively in a fast-changing world.

“Undoubtedly the best training course I have ever done! Truly inspirational challenging and emotional. Thank you!”

- Roger Clark, Chief Executive, West London Mission

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at new chief executives with up to two years' experience in their current role, who lead a team of staff and who are already familiar with the nonprofit sector.

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

The New Chief Executives Programme structure

In light of the changing landscape of leadership and the pandemic we have taken the opportunity to carefully review and redesign the content and structure of our NCE programme, both to ensure the most relevant and up-to-date content and to enable the most effective virtual delivery.

Combining half-day online workshops and Action Learning Sets (ALS) across the duration of the programme, we will cover a range of essential topics with input from outside speakers and experts, exploration of related case studies, and group discussions.

You will also be provided with essential pre- and post- workshop learning including recommended reading, structured reflection exercises and some group-based activities. A key focus of the programme will continue to be the development of a strong peer network and sense of community.

What you will gain

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

  • Develop your unique leadership presence, feel confident in your role as Chief Executive, 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

“Loved it. Great to have some time to reflect on myself, my organisation, my style of leadership. I really enjoyed the psychological elements and learning.”

- Eugenie Harvey, Chief Executive, The Funding Network