Future Leaders Programme (January - June 2021)

Future Leaders Programme (January - June 2021)

Date: Sunday 31st Jan 2021

Time: Participants are expected to attend all 6 days.
Day 1: TBC
Day 2: TBC
Day 3: TBC
Day 4: TBC
Day 5: TBC
Day 6: TBC

Town/City: Westminster

Location: London

Venue: IoF Office

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Are you keen to develop your leadership skills? Do you want to be a leader, but are currently unsure as to how to lead authentically? Or are you still undecided as to whether you want to be a leader at all? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Institute of Fundraising’s Future Leaders Programme can help.




Who is this programme for?

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of experienced fundraisers who:

  • Have recently taken on a role with both line management and strategic responsibility



  • Are keen to progress to a genuine management and leadership role



  • Want to explore whether a leadership position (e.g. Head of or Director of Fundraising) is one they want to pursue.


This programme offers the unique opportunity for you to raise and answer fundamental leadership questions, 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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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 January - June 2021 are still being confirmed. To view guest speakers for previous and current cohorts, click here.

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 2020 and ending June 2020. 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 executive leadership, consulting and training experience, Mark also has governance experience, having been Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Evidence to 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.


£1,245 - IoF Individual members

£1,420 - Non IoF individual members

*A Limited number of bursaries are available. With thanks to NFP, supporting the IoF Future Leaders Programme, London


 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 Future Leaders Programme Booking Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings onto this programme.


Privacy Notice

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) of Charter House, 13-15 Carteret Street, London SW1H 9DJ is the Controller.

When you sign up to the IoF Future Leaders Programme, we use the information you provide in the following ways:

  • To administrate attendance to the course
  • To gain follow-up feedback from you about the course you have attended – this may be sent by email after the course has taken place
  • For analysis and research to help us improve our services and, event management and to report on the IoF Future leaders Programme
  • To keep a record of the courses you have attended with the IoF
  • To process your payment


We will provide the trainer and guest speaker with your name, organisation and job title to enable them to tailor the course content and manage attendance. We will also provide your name and email address to the programme leader, to contact you with pre-course readings (approximately one week before each session date) and updates throughout the programme.

Relying on legitimate interests, we will keep your first name, last name, job title, organisation and contact email address and details of the course title(s) and date(s) you attended for six years after your last interaction with the IoF. This is so that we can provide you with confirmation of the courses you have undertaken.

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Further details and contact information

Academy Team
Email: academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

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