Leadership Worth Sharing podcast

Our Leadership Worth Sharing podcast champions the dedication, professionalism, quality and expertise of civil society leaders and the role and impact they and their organisations have in public life. The podcast has an interview format, with ACEVO CEO Vicky Browning having lively conversations with guests sharing their personal leadership experiences and talking about what leadership means to them. 

Special episode: Home Truths

To accompany the launch of the Home Truths report, we produced a special episode of the ACEVO podcast, conducted by ACEVO’s head of policy Kristiana Wrixon. Kristiana talks to Dr. Sanjiv Lingayah, lead author and Voice4Change England associate, and Sufina Ahmad, director at John Ellerman Foundation and a member of the ACEVO race advisory group.

In this episode, Vicky speaks to Sarah Hughes, chief executive of the Centre For Mental Health. Sarah talks about why we need to tackle the power dynamic in charities, how Scarlett O’Hara and Amazon boxes can help us contain our anxiety as leaders and the positives we can keep from this pandemic that will help us build a better workplace.

Episode #12: Raven Bowen

Vicky speaks to Raven Bowen, CEO of National Ugly Mugs, an organisation that supports sex workers who have been victims of crime. This is the first episode of the podcast recorded remotely, in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis. Raven talks about the challenges the pandemic poses to the community she serves and what she’s learnt about the dangers of friendly fire.

Episode #11: Aleema Shivji

In the first episode of 2020, Vicky speaks to Aleema Shivji, executive director at Humanity & Inclusion. Aleema describes her career journey from physiotherapist to charity chief exec, shares her experience of navigating the shift from the operational to the strategic, and reveals how home-made banana bread holds the key to inclusion in the workplace.

Episode #10: Amna Akthar, Kiran Kaur and Nicola Brentnall

Vicky speaks to the founders of Girl Dreamer Kiran Kaur and Amna Akthar, and the CEO of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Nicola Brentnall about how girls of colour are seen in our society and how leadership can be found in different circumstances – including longboarding in the streets of Birmingham.

Episode #9: Tessy Ojo

Vicky speaks to Tessy Ojo, chief executive at The Diana Award, a charity that builds on Princess Diana’s belief that young people can change the world. They talk about the hope the next generation of leaders offers, why it’s OK to drop a ball when we need to, and how Beyoncé gives the best leadership advice.

Vicky talks  to John Rendel, founder of PEAS, a network of over 30 secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia. John has recently moved on to his new role of director of grants at The Peter Cundill Foundation. In this episode, they talk about delegating leadership and why foundations should ditch restricted funding for good.

Vicky talks to two leaders: Sarah Welsh and Debs McCahon, joint CEOs at Woodcraft Folk, a charity that runs cooperatively with children, young people and adults working together to learn about the world and develop skills and confidence. They talk about why the organisation decided to have two chief execs, and what it takes to do it successfully.

Vicky chats to Girish Menon, CEO of ActionAid UK, the charity that works with and supports women and girls living in poverty. They talk about how you run an organisation on feminist principles, reflective leadership and self-doubt, and how as CEOs we all need to be torchbearers for change.                                                             

Vicky meets Ruth Taylor, CEO of the Abortion Support Network, which provides information and support for women from Northern Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar who need to travel abroad to access an abortion. They talk about the power of stories, working with charity founders and how leaders need to work on the business, not in the business.

Vicky travels to Glasgow to meet Duncan Dunlop, CEO of Who Cares? Scotland, which supports, connects and advocates for care experienced people. They talk about listening to the voices of people with lived experience, how to turn an organisation into a movement, and what happens when you host a love rally in Glasgow.

In the third episode, Vicky meets Kate Lee, CEO of CLIC Sargent, to talk about the lies we tell ourselves that make us feel good as leaders, what true collaboration means, why we have to be brave in setting goals and learning from failure, and why we should be better at handling the hot potato that is charity chief executives’ salary.

Vicky meets Josh MacAlister, CEO of Frontline, to talk about why and how he started Frontline when he was still eligible for a young person’s railcard, how Nelson Mandela helped him tackle his self-doubt and how real leadership is about enabling freedom and responsibility and then getting out of the way.

For our first ever episode, ACEVO CEO Vicky Browning travels to Leeds to meet Alison Lowe, CEO of mental health and well-being charity Touchstone, as well as a local councillor. They talk about celebrating difference, mental health, co-production and how leaders need to give themselves permission to not be perfect.

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