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Developing Leaders of Charities and Social Enterprises


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Expert Led Sessions. Action Learning. Coaching.


Developing Leaders of Charities and Social Enterprises


Developing Leaders of Charities and Social Enterprises

About ella Forums

ella Forums were set up in 2013 by Brian Chernett, the Founder of The Academy for Chief Executives, which for 18 years has helped thousands of CEOs achieve measurable results for their organisations via a holistic leadership development programme. The tried and tested methods that worked for leaders in the commercial sector have been adapted to inspire leaders in charities and social enterprises. Our values are: Curiosity, Creativity, Courage and Love.

Why Choose ella?

For every £1 invested in ella Forums £2.39 is returned in social value. That is well over 2 times the amount originally invested.

ella members (CEOs and senior leaders of charities) experience an average benefit to the value of some £4,666 per head.

Organizations benefit from change also and experience an average benefit to the value of £3,223 per organization.


“Since joining one of the Ella groups I have developed a greater sense of social purpose and how as an MD I can be supportive to others. One of the other major benefits has been the connection with like-minded MD’s of other small organisations whether they are in the charity or commercial sector—it’s like “tapping into the wisdom of the people in the room”.”

Rupert HonywoodMD

“I can come to ella and discuss things with that support that I can then go back to volunteers with and help them and push them with their development.”


“ella is a crucial way for leaders of charities to gather support and develop their own leadership ability, which is a key ingredient for organisational success.”


“Everyone has very similar issues and, in fact, even in different types of charities many of the solutions and the way you reach the solutions are actually the same. So, learning from my peers is probably the most important part of the experience for me.”

Lorrain GaileyCEO

“he thing that really inspires me about the ella leadership group is the opportunity to be able to come together with other Chief Execs and MDs from the not for profit sector, to be able to share issues in a safe environment, and to be able to hear from some of the best brains.”

Sue PortoCEO

“It’s like a family coming together. We have common causes. We are all different, but we have common links because we are trying to do something better for our cause.”


“My entire organisation has completely changed with the help that I have had from ella Members.”

John CarrollCEO

“It’s made a big difference to me personally, but it has also made a difference to my organisation... sparked ideas... re-prioritising issues.”

Ellie PendredCEO

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