Featuring candid, meaningful discussions that get beneath the surface of issues, this podcast aims to inspire, inform and deliver practical insights on the challenges affecting charity and nonprofit leaders today.
For the benefit of leaders across the sector and for people who care about the important work of charities.
Tackling a different theme each episode, Dhivya O’Connor, a charity CEO herself, invites top CEOs to share their unique insights, expert knowledge, and lessons learned running successful charities.
The Charity CEO Podcast is produced and hosted by Dhivya O’Connor.
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Ep 24. Darren Cormack, CEO Mines Advisory Group (MAG): Leadership by deliberate action
“Be curious and communicate… Find the tension between reflection and action. (As a leader) you can equip yourself and you can develop in particular ways by deliberate action.”
Darren Cormack is Chief Executive of the Mines Advisory Group, also known as MAG International.
Since its establishment in 1989, MAG has helped over 20 million people in more than 70 countries, rebuild their lives and livelihoods after war. This global humanitarian and advocacy organisation works to find and remove lethal landmines and unexploded bombs in place affected by conflict.
With over 5,000 staff across 26 countries, Darren shares his experiences stepping up to take the top job at the height of the pandemic in May 2020. He provides insights on lessons learned and practical examples of how he is steering MAG and its people, to thrive in a changing environment.
Darren also talks about the importance and relevance of MAG’s work in a changing global context, and how even today, at least 15 people are killed or injured by landmines every single day.
Recorded August 2021.
Ep 23. Leonor Stjepic, CEO Montessori Group: A values-based approach to education, life and leadership
“To be able to say, in a small way, I moved the needle to make (someone else’s) life better, is actually something that money cant buy...”
Leonor Stjepic is Chief Executive of the Montessori Group.
Montessori education was created by Dr Maria Montessori over 100 years ago. Leonor talks about Montessori education being an approach rather than a curriculum, providing the framework and structure, within which the child has the freedom to learn. The aim is to prepare children for the current realities of the world they are growing up, whilst instilling them with core values such as curiosity, kindness and collaboration.
We talk about leadership and Leonor shares the 3 qualities she thinks are most important in a leader: being authentic, having empathy and being ready with a Plan A, B, C & Z! We also talk about the new Montessori Leadership Programme that overlays Montessori values on to a leadership development framework for Board and Executive level leaders.
Leonor shares personal stories from her vast leadership experience and we discuss the #KindnessMatters campaign: the organisation’s quest to share One Million Stories of Kindness.
Recorded July 2021.
Ep 22. Sharath Jeevan, Founder & Chair, Intrinsic Labs: Leaders as nurturers of purpose and impact
“(For leaders) it’s about being able to ask the right question at the right time… that’s classic talent nurturing behaviour… trying to help everyone on your team become the best versions of themselves. The trick is to help create the space for us all to reflect on what really motivates each one of us in our unique context, giving us all the courage and the tools to make small, incremental but powerful changes towards it.”
Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on ‘intrinsic motivation’ and author of the book, Intrinsic: A Manifesto to Reignite Our Inner Drive.
Having recently founded the social purpose business, Intrinsic Labs, Sharath is on a mission to help leaders solve deep motivational challenges. In his book, Sharath lays out a framework and strategies for leaders to align their organisations and their teams around purpose, thereby tapping into that inner or intrinsic motivation that drives us all.
We explore the role of leaders in creating space for their teams to co-create solutions and to serve as nurturers of talent and impact. And we discuss the power of creating a Personal Mission Statement.
Recorded Aug 2021.
Ep 21. Alice Dearing & Danielle Obe, Co-Founders & Chair, Black Swimming Association: Representation and creating Olympic history!
“The BSA (Black Swimming Association) is set up as a bridge… building bridges into disenfranchised and disengaged communities.”
Alice Dearing made history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as the first black female swimmer to represent Team GB at an Olympic Games.
Danielle Obe is Chair of the Black Swimming Association, a charity that she co-founded along with Alice.
The Black Swimming Association (BSA) is a non-profit organisation set up to diversify the world of aquatics through education, advocacy, support and research.
In England currently 95% of black adults and 80% of black children don’t swim. Furthermore, black children are 3 times more likely to drown than white children (Source: Swim England)
The BSA is on a mission to change this. To break down barriers that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities face in aquatics and to highlight the importance of learning to swim, as an essential and invaluable life saving skill.
Alice and Danielle, through the BSA, are determined to make aquatics safer and more accessible to their communities, by inspiring and facilitating participation and inclusion for all.
Recorded Sept 2021.
Ep 20. Frank Fletcher, CEO Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust: Sailing through the Pandemic
“The partnership puts young people at the centre and not brand … we should all be working together to achieve Mission, rather than brand awareness or the size of our turnover or how many staff we employ.”
Frank Fletcher is CEO of The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
The Trust supports young people with cancer, engaging them in outdoor activities, to help re-build their confidence and their lives, after cancer.
We talk about how the Trust pivoted to a Virtual Summer during 2020 and what it has learnt during the pandemic in order to better support young people recovering from cancer.
We discuss the Trust’s newly formed partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent (now Young Lives vs Cancer) - a fantastic example of leaving brand differences at the door to truly focus on what is best for young people.
Frank shares his learnings on establishing this formal partnership and strongly encourages other charity leaders to follow suit.
Recorded May 2021.
Ep 19. Baroness Delyth Morgan, CEO Breast Cancer Now: Achieving more through Collaboration
“Providing support for today and hope for tomorrow.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan is the CEO of Breast Cancer Now.
Delyth has been leading the charge in the breast cancer space for many years. She is widely credited with achieving consolidation in the sector, having presided over the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer in 2015 and the more recent merger of Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care in 2019.
We discuss the significant progress that has been made in research, treatment and care for breast cancer patients. However, there is still a way to go before Breast Cancer Now can achieve its vision of a future where everyone with breast cancer lives.
We talk about the impact of Brexit on the medical research sector in the UK; and how pandemic-induced delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment, is costing lives.
This conversation is full of Delyth’s wisdom and insights, as she shares her experiences and advice on leadership, on influencing, on collaborating and most important of all, on not giving up hope.
Recorded April 2021.
I’m really glad to have come across this podcast - I’ve found all the episodes I’ve listened to really interesting and inspiring, learning about the challenges our charity bosses face and hearing their insights and what they’ve learnt along the way.
The content, guests, host and production are all brilliant. An easy listen for anyone in the third sector. Keep it up.
I have just found this podcast, so helpful and inspiring and a reminder that as a charity CEO we are not alone! Thank you.