The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Zoe Amar Digital have partnered to deliver Third Sector Digital Leaders, a course to help charity, social enterprise and non-profit leaders be confident about leading digital change in their organisations, helping them be more sustainable and relevant and creating the digital leaders of tomorrow.

We are delighted to have received funding from the Government’s Digital Leadership Fund to offer the next course at no cost to participants.


Many CEOs, trustees and senior non-profit leaders are aware of the need to engage with digital but are struggling to do so. There are few resources which can help them understand how digital fits into organisational strategy and how to identify risks and opportunities – Third Sector Digital Leaders aims to fill this gap. The course will:

  • Help charity and social enterprise leaders to develop digital skills which will make their organisations more visible and fit for purpose in the digital age, generating more income and strengthening relationships with key audiences
  • Give charity and social enterprise leaders an understanding of key areas of digital and how they integrate into organisational strategy and governance
  • Arm the leaders of charities and social enterprises with the right digital skills help them to develop a more entrepreneurial, agile approach which will further their careers
  • Encourage leaders to learn from each other and from speakers outside the sector, exposing them to cutting edge insights and building their confidence


Who should attend the course?

  • CEOs, trustees and directors at social enterprises
  • CEOs, trustees and directors at charities
  • Heads of digital at social enterprises and charities on a career path to more senior digital roles


Course Timetable

Day 1
  • Session 1: Understanding the context

Why: delegates will gain headline insights into  how their charity is performing in digital, what stage they are at in their digital leadership journey and how they compare to the rest of the sector.

  • Session 2: Organisational change and people

Why: delegates will understand how to manage organisational change in digital, what success looks like at each key stage, how to develop digital skills across the organisation

Day 2
  • Session 3: User insights

Why: delegates will develop their confidence in understanding users, how to gain user insights and data on a budget, and how to redesign what their charities do accordingly

  • Session 4: Creating a digital strategy

Why: delegates will be able to develop a digital strategy and understand how to execute it. Delegates will be presenting their strategy on the final day of the course.

Day 3
  • Session 5: Fundraising, business development and partnerships

Why: delegates will learn how to improve sustainability by developing and increasing digital fundraising, and how to use online channels for business development and growing partnerships.

  • Session 6: When digital goes wrong: managing risk

Why: delegates will understand how to identify and manage the multiple risks in digital, how to monitor them and create a shared understanding across the organisation.

Day 4
  • Session 7: The future of work

Why: delegates will gain insights into key trends eg artificial intelligence, machine learning, ethical design. They will also look at how digital is changing the workforce

  • Session 8: Presenting your digital strategy

Why: consolidate learning by developing a digital strategy which you can take back to your organisation.


Who will you hear from?

Speakers will come from a range of organisations across both for profit and not-for-profit sectors. Speakers on the previous course included:

  • Graeme Manuel-Jones, Digital Communications Manager, Diabetes UK
  • Helen Thomas-Fox, Senior Digital Manager, CLIC Sargent
  • Kai Adams, Partner, Charities and Social Enterprise Practice, Green Park
  • Chloe Stables, External Relations Manager, NCVO
  • Jo Wolfe, Managing Director, Reason Digital
  • Matt Collins, Director, Platypus Digital
  • Claire Reynolds, Head of Digital, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Amanda Neylon, former Head of Digital, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Paul Thomas, Senior Manager National Communications, Grant Thornton
  • Dominic Campbell, Director, FutureGov

What do participants say?

“One of the most informative and interesting courses I have attended. Would highly recommend to anyone working in the sector. Content was tailored really well to different sizes of organisation and delegates working at various levels. I have lots of practical ideas to take back with me.” Lucy Willoughby, Family Links.

“Really well organised. Great speakers, good range of topics and lovely facilitators.” Caroline Dobbing, Helpage International.

“Speakers excellent and facilitators very good too. I have picked up so much.” Kitty Fong, Family Links.

“A really useful and crucial course. This is one of the biggest areas for CEOs in the 3rd Sector.” Simon Hopkins, Turn2Us.

“Excellent, relevant speakers. Lots of insights that resonate and full of tips, tricks and know how from those who are doing it. The price compared to a conference is very good due to the speaker quality and relevance”. Clive Gardiner, RNIB.

“This course was amazing, a real transformational learning experience. Really practical and useful and will frame our whole approach to digital. Looks like good value before the course, with hindsight becomes exceptional value”. Tracey Franklin, Inspire.

“I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, no matter your skill level. For seasoned digital personnel it will get to think in different ways and update you, for those at the beginning of their digital journey it will inspire you”. Adam O’Riley, The Nurture Group Network.

“Really well-structured and facilitated with excellent speakers. This course is a must for anyone leading digital transformation in their organisation”. Sarah Inge Parker, Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment.

“The best training I’ve ever done. Thank you for such a thought provoking and entertaining four days”. Georgina Pope, Liberty.

Location and dates

The course will take place from 10:30am – 4:30pm at Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, Liverpool L8 7PE

The course takes place over four days: 7th March, 8th March, 14th March and 15th March 2019.

How to apply

Please register your interest using the link below and we’ll send you an application form. We are expecting high demand on this course and so applications will be based on the following criteria:

  • impact that the course will have on an organisation
  • ability of the participant to implement a digital strategy within their organisation
  • commitment to attend all four training days