ella Forums supports and inspires leaders in charities and social enterprises to achieve measurable results for organisations via a holistic leadership development programme tried and tested for over two decades.

• Learn from world-class speakers.
• Peer mentoring and support.
• Innovation, tips and ideas.
• Board level expertise.
• Create and build new connections.
• Discover effective leadership techniques.
• Share issues in a safe environment.
• Affordable membership.

About ella Forums

ella Forums was set up in 2013 by Brian Chernett, who founded The Academy for Chief Executives.  For 18 years the Academy 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 through the work of ella Forums. Our values are: Curiosity, Creativity, Courage and Love.

why choose ella Forums?

Charities & Social Enterprises

ella Forums was established to bring a successful development and peer mentoring programme from the commercial world to the charitable sector, helping charity leaders become more effective in their role. ella Forums brings new ideas and techniques to your organisation adding priceless value to your cause.


Reserve Your Seat At Our Next Forum

You won’t understand how amazing ella Forums is until you’ve experienced one of our sessions. We invite you to experience a session for yourself by registering for an event as a guest.  You will meet some great people and hear from one of our world-class speakers. Book through the ‘Calendar of events’ on this website.

FIND Forum

Socially Aware Businesses

ella Forums welcomes socially aware businesses to become members.   Each of our forums meets on a monthly basis for a peer-to-peer meeting, chaired by an experienced coach/facilitator.  On the second Thursday of each month an expert speaker presents on a topic relevant to members.



“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

“The 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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