Inspiring Financial Leadership 2018/19


Wednesday 10 October 2018

Centre for Charity Effectiveness at CASS Business School
106 Bunhill Row

This event is fully booked.

The Inspiring Financial Leadership series is run in partnership with Cass CCE, CFG and Sayer Vincent. Centred on the role of the charity finance professional, drawing on robust leadership research and grounded in the challenges that finance professionals face, this course is highly interactive using a mix of practical experience, research and best practice. Attendees gain the skills and expertise to take them to the next stage of their leadership journey.

Registration and breakfast for each session is from 08:00, and the sessions will run from 08:30 - 11.00.

Module 1: Leadership from the finance function - Wednesday 10th October 2018

Module 2: Coaching for empowerment - Tuesday 13th November 2018

Module 3: Vision and culture - Tuesday 4th December 2018

Module 4: Leading change - Wednesday 30th January 2019

Module 5: Communication - Tuesday 26th February 2019

Module 6: Motivating self and others -  Wednesday 27th March 2019

Module 7: Leading and influencing high performing teams - Tuesday 30th April 2019


The Inspiring Financial Leadership Programme was shortlisted for the Association Leadership Award 2016

award shortlist



Leadership from the finance function - Wednesday 10th October 2018

This session focuses on the principles and behavioural attributes associated with inspiring financial leadership, and goes beyond the traditional functional role of a finance leader. What are the particular challenges in moving the finance function to a key decision maker and business partner in an organisation, and how can you overcome them?

Speaker: Simon Hopkins, Director of Finance, Resources and Operations


Coaching for empowerment - Tuesday 13th November 2018

What are the skills you need to develop staff in the finance team to act as agents for powerful, collaborative and innovative change, with the ability to question and consider the shifting environment? We will draw distinctions between coaching and mentoring and introduce a simple and powerful model that will equip you to encourage empowerment of individuals in your organisation.


Vision and culture - Tuesday 4th December 2018

Finance leaders can play a vital role in contributing to the organisation’s vision and culture by creating a sustainable financial framework to deliver the charity’s vision and purpose. We will talk about how the finance function can influence the direction of travel and of how finance uses its tools and techniques to successfully implement strategy as well as contributing to building the organisational culture inculcating one of learning rather than of blame. We’ll explore how you can evolve as an organisational leader and engage your colleagues beyond finance.


Leading change - Wednesday 30th January 2019

The role of Finance Leaders in change is key. This session will focus on the range of possible responses to change and discuss practical tools for building trusting relationships, in order to develop the capacity and capability within the organisation to meet its strategic objectives and purpose.


Communication - Tuesday 26th February 2019

Working with colleagues across the organisation is a key part of the finance leader’s role. Presenting technical information to non-experts in a way that can guide their decision making and fully engage them with the process of business development is essential. We will consider a range of communication skills and explore how to use them with internal and external stakeholders and create action plans to build more fruitful relationships.


Motivating self and others - Wednesday 27th March 2019

This session explores how to frame our own thinking into a positive mode and to be aware of and able to consider the impact of assumptions on our behaviours. We will consider some of our own personal ‘drivers’ in terms of motivation and ways to offer motivational ‘strokes’ in our interactions with colleagues at work. The session will be a mix of raising personal awareness and practical ways to apply this to developing our relationships with others.


Leading and influencing high performing teams - Tuesday 30th April 2019

The final module will share best practice in leading a high performing team, look at the stages of team development and help participants assess where they are at currently. We will explore the importance of being a constructive team member of an organisational Leadership team and consider the relationship with Trustees drawing on real case study material. We will also explore how to manage and influence upwards.