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  • 11th Jan

    Trustee Chair = Risk averse

    CEO = Always pushing to grow

      Ella forum’s research shows that 65% of issues in a charity organisation relate to this relationship. 

    No one needs research to tell you that having a perfect relationship makes the biggest impact in a charity’s success. The structure created, managed and monitored by the charity commission (which is the same for all charities) is what many of us believe is the basic cause of the friction that is created.   The Chair of Tustees, in fact all the trustee team, are[...]

  • 05th Jun
    An Ella Response To The Recent Evil Attacks

    Like me, I am sure that many of you have been glued to the reports of the attacks in London and Manchester and the responses from our government leadership which gets caught up with electioneering for our vote on Thursday.

    Many of you may have watched the incredible concert in Manchester, an event which underlined the strength of community.

    The development of communities who have their main value as love, rather than hate, is perhaps something that we can all do to develop a society that can make the world a better place.

    Our vision for ELLA[...]

  • 05th Jun
    We are more powerful together.

    ELLA Unlimited brings together two pieces of work from the last 25 years combining the Academy for Chief Executives (ACE) and the Experiential Leadership and Learning Academy (ELLA).  We have recognized that the learning for both groups is dramatic.  We achieve that by using processes tried and tested by ACE and ELLA.

    ELLA unlimited brings the two groups of leaders together, charity and commercial, so both can benefit from the value of the processes at affordable prices.  It is harder to be a Chief Executive of a charity than that of a “for a Profit Company” and[...]

  • 03th May
    The Power Of Purpose




    It has been proved! The Social Return on Investment study shows key learning from our members.  They have confirmed our purpose – that leadership flourishes when the chief executive has confidence with modest and secure self-esteem.  This enables their team’s performance to be enhanced and replicated, satisfying a larger cohort of beneficiaries.

    Ella grew in 2016, working with more organisations, but also experienced financial challenges.  Happily, we have[...]

  • 27th Mar
    March Newsletter Update

    I am delighted to announce that Ella membership is going from strength to strength and we have more than doubled the number of operating groups in the first three months of 2017 with some 18 groups meeting every month. I want to thank all those chairs and support staff for some magnificent work under difficult circumstance.

    It great to see the members getting such wonderful value and love. Thank you all.

    I am also able to give you some new information on the launch of ELLA UNLIMITED. These will be groups that will include both Charities and[...]

  • 08th Mar
    Who really is the boss in your organisation?


    I’ve worked for myself now for almost 30 years. Apart from my wife, there is nobody to tell me what to do. This gives me the freedom to follow my nose and get involved with projects that interest me. It also means there is nobody to turn to when confronted by challenge. I have to rely on my own judgement, experience and ability to seek advice.

    Over the years I’ve been on a number of Boards, both as a charity Trustee and also as shareholder in for profit businesses. I’ve also worked extensively with charity CEOs,[...]

  • 21th Feb
    Office Changes

    In our continued pursuit of reducing costs while improving our working environment.

    We have cancelled our agreement with Can Mezzanine as from the 20th April. We are cancelling our membership at One Alfred Place and we will continue with membership at the English Speaking Union.

    We’ve taken new membership at the Confederation of British Industries at 78 Cannon Street which is inside the station see picture.


    This will be a saving of over 18000[...]

  • 21th Feb

    Most of us have a good understanding of the vital role trustees perform in shaping, steering and regulating the 194,00 plus charities in the UK.  However, did you know that up to 75% of trustees leave at the end of their first term in office, according to research from The Trustee Fellowship (charityleaders.or.uk).  It surprised me and begs the question… WHAT IS GOING ON?


    We can all come up with reasons why this is happening. It is too easy to point a finger at things we cannot control such as political, social and economic factors[...]

  • 20th Feb
    Dear Colleagues

    We are already 6 weeks into the new financial year and 6 weeks since I became Managing Director and what a whirl of activity has been created. The new leadership team has been nearly finalised and they will be presenting the 2017 revised budget and business plan to the board on the 27th February once agreed it will be circulated to all the chairs, coaches and investors.

    We are looking for a big increase in membership and would be grateful if you all could look to recommend at least one new member.

    We hope you are having[...]

  • 02th Feb
    What are you today?

    By Robert Ashton

    When I started my career in the 1970s there was a clear difference between business and charity. The former was a quest for profit any at any price and the latter, well they were often inspired by prophets and abhorred the notion of profit!

    Today, sector boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. I’m Patron of my local Relate and they earn more than they receive in grants. Any profit made from those who can afford to pay for counselling is used to fund support for those unable to pay. It makes for a sustainable, ethical[...]

  • 15th Nov
    ella Message from Brian Chernett

    I am writing this note two days after the extraordinary result in the American presidential election. We at ella always strive to learn from the events that happen in our lives and I have been putting my mind to how we can take that learning to better our own lives and work in these unexpected circumstances.

    We are, of course, aware of two marked similarities between the UK referendum and the USA presidential elections:

    We cannot trust the pollster results. Prediction is very difficult if not impossible. The uprising came from people who do not want the status[...]

  • 28th Jul
    ella forums Sponsors Largest Third Sector Conference in Cambridge this September

    trading_aces_web_graphicWe are delighted to announce that ella is supporting the largest Third sector event Trading Aces! The event will take place in Cambridge at the Anglia Ruskin University on Wednesday 7 September 2016.  Directions


    Hosted by 3rd Sector Futures and Social Enterprise East of England, the event will feature workshops on social value, leadership, social media, sales and more.


  • 27th Jun
    A Response To The Dramatic EU Referendum Vote To Leave The European Union


    A personal view from our Founder and Chairman Brian Chernett.

    Prior to the actual vote and having read and listened to many hours of this unique debate I decided that I would vote remain. I expressed my view wherever I went, finding a huge amount of support and was therefore surprised with the result.

    My reasoning for deciding to vote REMAIN was a reluctant one in part as I, like many, disliked the way the commission operated. Viewed as[...]

  • 27th May
    Success for new ella Group for Leaders of Multi Academy Trusts

    ella MAT Logo RGB (150x55)We are delighted that a new venture for ella, a group designed to bring leaders of Multi Academy Trusts together, has taken off. The first meeting was held on the 3rd May at Kingston Smith’s Devonshire House in London. International speaker and friend of ella, Mark Fritz gave a fantastic talk on his topic ‘Get Your People to Own It’.

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