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 unpaid but have Read More
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 is to createRead More
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 bringing the twoRead More
THE POWER OF OUR PURPOSE
TO CREATE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE LEADERSHIP FLOURISHES
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 reversed the situationRead More
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 commercial CEO’s together.Read More
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, helping them reduceRead More
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 a year. All theRead More
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 not forgetting personalRead More
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 fun and learningRead More
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 venture with aRead More
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 quo but do Read More
We 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.Read More
Big Potential is a grant fund available to Third Sector organisations that wish to explore the concept and opportunities associated with social finance. Successful applicants can secure up to £70,000 worth of grant income (non-repayable) to aid their progress towards sustainability through socially-focused service delivery. The grant is to be spent on sourcing suitably qualified professionals that help review and improve your organisation; further toRead More
In our last newsletter we urged our Members to remain positive. Only a month on from the referendum we have seen organisations such as NCVO, Kingston Smith and NPC write blogs on the topic. It has been fascinating to read the advice and feedback now being considered in light of the decision to Leave.Read More
ella forums are delighted to announce that we have recently launched a new group in the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire. This precedes further growth in the North with new groups planned to open in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham by January 2017.
We are also currently in the process of developing a new approach to engendering growth in the third sector; this is through the creation of groups specifically for start-up and pre start-up organisations and entrepreneurs. We aim aim toRead More
We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to open groups across the country in partnership with the Lloyds Bank Foundation. This news comes following the success of the pilot scheme that we have been running with the Foundation over the past 6 months. Lloyds Bank Foundation Grant beneficiary charities in Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol were given the chance to send their CEO to an ella group in their area as part of a 6 month trial from November 2015Read More
Les Broude Chairs the ella London Group 7 which has a unique mix of 50/50 members from both the charitable and corporate sectors. The group has been running for two years and meets at members premises across West London.
Les is a Chartered Accountant by background with an extensive knowledge of finance and general management through international roles in the Mars Group and senior executive roles with Barclays Bank. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair for the Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust and a Trustee andRead More
All ella Members across the country are invited to join our All Group Meeting on the 10th August. The venue for the meeting is Stevenage Leisure Centre in Hertfordshire and we would like to say a big thank you to Ian Morton, Managing Directer of Stevenage Leisure Limited and ella Member for kindly allowing us to host this meeting at their premises. Following feedback from our April All Group Meeting, we are going to be delivering a new format at this meeting.Read More
Ellie has been a great force for getting ella’s message, brand and marketing kick started and in order whilst we have been going through our growth spurt these past 12 months. Ellie will continue to edit our monthly newsletter and will also continue to Chair her London Emerging Leaders Group so she isRead More
Name: Lara Bundock
Job Title: CEO & Founder
Twitter Handle: @snowdropprojectRead More