Future Leaders Programme (FLP), January - June 2018

Future Leaders Programme (FLP), January - June 2018

Date: Friday 12th Jan 2018

All 6 dates of the Future Leaders Programme will follow the below schedule:
09:15 - Coffee and registration
09:30 - Course start
17:00 - Course end

Participants are expected to attend all 6 days.
Day 1: 12-Jan-18
Day 2: 09-Feb-18
Day 3: 09-Mar-18
Day 4: 13-Apr-18
Day 5: 18-May-18
Day 6: 15-Jun-18

Town/City: Westminster

Location: London

Venue: IoF Office

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Are you keen to develop your leadership skills? Do you have the desire to become a director of fundraising in the next 24 months? If the answer is ‘yes’ the IoF’s Future Leaders Programme could be for you.

I was part of the first cohort to undertake IoF's Future Leaders Programme. It helped me to develop the skills I needed to both identify the most appropriate next step in my career but also to build the confidence to actually make the move! I found the talks by industry experts particularly enlightening. My participation in this course has had a direct impact on my career and was one of the contributing factors in securing my current role as CEO at the Institute of Legacy Management."  Chris Millward, CEO, Institute of Legacy Management.

Who is this programme for?

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of experienced fundraisers with the desire to become future heads or directors of fundraising. This programme offers the unique opportunity for you to develop the skills you need to take your career to the next level and build a network of peers to support you along the way.

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One of our 2016 programme students explains why most highly performing teams are those which are comfortable with change

What will you learn?

Each day is likely to consist of three parts:

1. Circle of Learning/Tracking Individual Development

Throughout the programme participants will be asked to consider their development objectives and reflect on progress.

2. Guest Speakers

Current Directors of Fundraising from both large and small organisations will share their insights on the role. Other guest speakers are likely to include former Directors of Fundraising who have become CEOs and recruitment consultants who specialise in hiring Directors of Fundraising.

Guest speakers for Jan - Jun 2018 are yet to be confirmed. Below are the view guest speakers for previous and current cohorts

Past and current guest speakers

  • Kath Abrahams, Director of Engagement & Fundraising, Diabetes UK
  • Paul Amadi, Executive Director of Fundraising, MS Society
  • Shannon Banks, Managing Director, Be Leadership
  • Martin Edwards, CEO, Julia's House
  • Rob Hayter FIRP, Recruitment Director, TPP
  • Paul Nott, Principal Consultant, NFP Consulting
  • Tom Rippin, CEO, On Purpose
  • Sonya Timms, Director, Magic Bus UK
  • Imogen Ward, CEO, Lessons for Life

For a biography on each of the above speakers, see the below links: 

January - June 2017 guest speakers
June - December 2016 guest speakers
January - June 2016 guest speakers

3. Training

The following topics will be explored through the training:

Topic 1: Emotional Intelligence
Topic 2: Leadership Styles and Dealing with Politics
Topic 3: Coaching
Topic 4: Action Learning and De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats
Topic 5: Influencing and Negotiation
Topic 6: Strategy and the Employee Life Cycle

Download additional details on course topics


In addition to the sessions, past and current participants will have the opportunity to enhance their networks by attending optional invitation only networking events. These networking events take place twice a year.

What is the level of commitment needed?

The programme runs over six consecutive months and consists of one full day per month starting January 2018 and ending June 2018. Participants need to commit to attend every session for the full day. Each session will be run at a central London location.

Times and dates:

All six dates of the Future Leaders Programme will follow the same schedule.* Please refer to the top of the page for full details on times and dates. Participants are expected to attend all six days.

*Please note that included in this programme there will be an optional drinks reception for participants immediately after the third session, which alumni from previous programmes will also be attending. Many previous cohorts have also enjoyed having informal drinks after other sessions, so you may want to factor this into your travel plans.

About your programme leader:

Dr Mark Hughes started his career at the international consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. He then worked as Chief Executive of Rumbalara, an Aboriginal sporting and community development organisation. In addition to his consulting and training expertise, Mark is Non-Executive Director and Chairman of DECIPHer Impact, a social enterprise that promotes and delivers evidence based health interventions. In addition to his professional work, Mark is also a keen volunteer and has mentored with the charity Mowgli. Mowgli aims to promote economic stability and alleviate poverty through mentoring entrepreneurs in developing economies. Mark has a Doctorate from Oxford University, a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and Trade and continues to invest around 100 hours per year in his own professional development.


The Future Leaders Programme is one the best professional development experiences I’ve ever had. Fundraising was what we all had in common but it wasn’t really discussed at all.  It was nice to have the chance to step away from our desks and think about the bigger picture of leadership and career development. Christine Harris, Milkshake Tree Appeal Manager, The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Programme fees:

£905.00 for IoF Individual members, £1,030.00 for non-Individual members.

Please note: Places are strictly limited to ensure the best possible experience for participants. Don’t delay we anticipate demand to be high!

If you require an invoice please ensure you book your place a minimum of two weeks before the start date of your course.

IoF Academy Booking Terms and Conditions apply.


Further details and contact information

Email: academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 840 1020

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