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Bold Leadership in Uncertain Times

18th November 2016 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
City Hall, SE1 2AA

Join us for our charity leadership conference for London – “Bold leadership in uncertain times” – for Trustees, Chief Executives and community leaders across the capital.

This free event is at City Hall on Friday 18 November 2016, with a conference session 10am-12.30pm, a lunch and networking marketplace 12.30-1.30pm, and then optional afternoon workshops 1.30-3.30pm. We’re grateful to Team London and Reach for working with us to make this event free for you to attend.

The conference starts with a plenary session looking at leading through challenging times, with Geraldine Blake (former Chief Executive of Community Links) and Steve Wyler (former Chief Executive of Locality) sharing their experiences, then discussing lessons learned with GLV’s Chair, Cameron Fitzwilliam-Grey.

We’ll then move on to a panel discussion, exploring current leadership challenges in uncertain times.  Chaired by Kathy Evans (Chief Executive of Children England), panellists will include Seb Elsworth (Chief Executive of the Access Foundation), Nancy Kelley (Director of Policy Research Centre at NatCen Social Research) and Srabani Sen OBE (Programme Director for “The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London”), with other names to be confirmed shortly.  As well as hearing from the panel on their experiences, you’ll be able to ask questions and join the debate, looking at everything from social investment through to digital transformation.

After the conference sessions there’s a free networking lunch with a marketplace of organisations able to help you in your role in leading charities and community groups in London, before an afternoon of optional workshops looking at good governance, the changing funding landscape, and legal updates.

We hope you’ll be able to join us and over 200 other delegates from organisations across London, helping to give you the ideas, inspiration and knowledge to make a real difference for our communities through these uncertain times.

Find out more, and book your place, by clicking here to go to the event page.


GLV are supporting the Mayor of London’s campaign #LondonIsOpen, highlighting the value that all our communities bring to the capital.

We know that volunteering makes a huge contribution to our city, so we would like to remind everyone that anybody living in the UK who is a European Union national or from a European Economic Area (EEA) country remains eligible and very welcome to volunteer. Anybody from a country who requires a Visitor Visa is also permitted to volunteer for up to 30 days in a registered charity.

Volunteering is a fantastic way of integrating into and understanding a new community, sharing and building skills, and finding common ground. People from diverse communities already volunteer alongside each other harmoniously and effectively to make our city a better place to live and work.

GLV and its members encourage all in our volunteering community to work together and to think creatively about how we can develop volunteering programmes to increase community cohesion, challenge discrimination in all its forms, and harness the skills of volunteers from around the world.

Review of London’s Civil Society Support

GLV are delighted to share the report from the review of civil society support in London, which was co-commissed with London Funders and LVSC, funded by the City Bridge Trust, and conducted by independent sector consultants Srabani Sen OBE & Associates.

You can view The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London here.

The report shares a strong vision for the future of civil society support in the capital, and we will be working with our members and colleagues across civil society to make change happen.

You can read more about the review on the London Funders website.