Future Leaders Programme

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.


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The programme has helped to provide a new lens through which to view my work with my team and my colleague, and in particular how to build and strengthen my leadership skills. It has also helped to build my confidence and an appreciation of where my strengths lie..." Helen Mabberley, Head of Fundraising, Malaria No More UK

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

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Who is this programme for?

This programme has been designed for experienced fundraisers with the desire to become future Heads or Directors of Fundraising. This programme offers the unique opportunity for participants to develop the skills needed to take their careers to the next level and build a network of peers to support one another along the way.

What is the delivery of the programme?

Each day is likely to consist of three parts 

1. 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
2. Circle of Learning/Tracking Individual Development

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

3. Guest Speakers

Current Directors of Fundraising from both large and small organisations will share their personal insights and experiences. 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 from previous, current and upcoming cohorts:

  • Kath Abrahams, Director of Engagement & Fundraising, Diabetes UK
  • Paul Amadi, Executive Director of Fundraising, MS Society
  • Shannon Banks, Managing Director, Be Leadership
  • Jenn Barnett, Strategic Change Unit Leader, Grant Thornton UK
  • Catherine Cottrell, Deputy Executive Director, Fundraising, Unicef UK
  • Sue Davie 
  • Martin Edwards, CEO, Julia's House
  • Rob Hayter FIRP, Recruitment Director, TPP
  • Dr Kim Holt, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical lead, Haringey community team 
  • Ben Hunt-Davis, Director, Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? 
  • Kathleen Miles, Mind
  • Nas Morley, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, The MicroLoan Foundation
  • Paul Nott, Principal Consultant, NFP Consulting
  • Rob Paxman, Talking to Minds
  • Tom Rippin, CEO, On Purpose
  • Claire Singlehurst, Director of Relationship Fundraising, Macmillan
  • 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: 


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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



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 level of commitment is needed?

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

When is this programme next running?

The Future Leaders Programme is delivered twice a year. To view all upcoming intakes of the Future Leaders Programme, please view the training and events calendar by clicking here.

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.

Programme fees:

£905 - IoF Individual members

£1,030 - Non IoF individual members

Please note: Places are limited to ensure the best possible experience for participants. 

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

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IoF Academy Future Leaders Programme booking terms and conditions



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