Posted by: alexswallow | June 13, 2014

Running The Charity Leaders’ Exchange- My New Role


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I’m really happy to tell you that I am the new Programme Director of the Charity Leaders’ Exchange (CLE), run by Knowledge Peers. The role is part-time so I will be able to keep up my work with Good News Shared, Young Charity Trustees and my other commitments.

For those of you who don’t know it, the Charity Leaders’ Exchange is an experience sharing network for leaders in our sector. It provides:

  • Content – case studies, video content, blogs and talking guides
  • Research – quarterly reports, topical insights and sector-wide learning
  • Networking – regular contact with other members, topical learning events and evening seminars
  • Expertise – access to leading sector CEOs, legal, accountancy and HR specialists
  • Events – Charity Leaders’ Event Series, six annual learning and networking events

Here Tom Flood OBE, one of our Patrons, explains a little more in a video.

I first heard of the CLE a few years ago and have  since  been to a number of events. I was struck both by the professional calibre of the other guests and the general warmth and friendliness of everyone. I’m extremely excited to have been asked to join their small team.

Chris Dines, CEO of Knowledge Peers, said

“Our aim for the Charity Leaders’ Exchange is for it to be the leader in peer-to-peer sharing of strategic insight and business experience between leaders in the Third Sector and also with their equivalent in the commercial space.

The CLE has expanded significantly since inception, and we are delighted Alex Swallow has joined us to continue that development as “Programme Director”. Alex brings great experience and passion to the role, and is a great believer in effective connections. I thought about him for this role, not least because of the way he engaged with me through social media channels. I was hooked!’

As many of my readers will know, I am passionate about the charity sector, about leadership, and about career development. I have already written about how to become a charity Chief Executive and the importance of using social media in a leadership role.

Relating to this latter topic, the first morning seminar I will be running, at the end of June, is called ‘Personal Social Media Strategy for the Charity Leader’.  Please have a look at it, it would be great to see you there!

When I was a Chief Executive one of the most important things that supported me in my role was to speak to other people in my position or who were operating at a senior level. Quite often it’s the case in life that you either think it is only you dealing with a particular issue or you lack a key piece of information or experience that enables you to make the most effective decisions. Being able to link to a wide peer group via the CLE makes such a difference, so I hope you will think about joining.

Look out for more details of future events and plans on our website and via our Twitter account.


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