Craig Dearden-Phillips

Craig Dearden-Phillips

System leadership is the future for charities

No charity can go it alone these days: real leadership involves bringing your organisation together with others. When I first became a chief executive more than 20 years ago, my brief was to grow a disruptive new organisation that would show a fresh way and shake a few trees. Partnerships and collaborations with other charities? …

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New Government: New Opportunity – But will the sector grasp the nettle?

BLOG – FEBRUARY 2020: What would you offer the Prime Minister if he walked into the room right now?’ This was a question we put at a recent joint event to 20 third sector CEOs from a range of charities and social enterprises from up and down the country as we sought to find out …

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What does the NCVO need in its next chief executive?

THIRD SECTOR BLOG – February 2019: The starting gun has just been fired in the race to replace Sir Stuart Etherington at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. National Council for Voluntary Organisations Although the sector is more stratified than it once was, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations is still the main voice of …

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Don’t be a Polar Bear! – and take control of your future

It is no longer a major news event when a well-known charity goes under or has a major financial wobble. It’s the new normal. When the worst happens, collapse is nearly always ascribed to the “climate change” in the finances of the sector and stricken charities are cast as polar bears stranded, helplessly, on floes …

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Craig Dearden-Phillips and Norman Lamb: National Voluntary Service can rebuild the social settlement

Conservative Home – April 2020: Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE is Founder of Social Club and a Trustee of Social and Sustainable Capital charitable trust. Sir Norman Lamb is Chair of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and a former Minister of State for Health.. Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE and Sir Norman Lamb The forthcoming recession is …

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We can learn much from Extinction Rebellion

THIRD SECTOR BLOG – April 2019: The climate change protests are about the unleashing of voice and provide opportunities for charities to claim a role. In just a few weeks, a relatively small, decentralised, low-budget organisation has, quite possibly, changed the world. Extinction Rebellion has no trendy London HQ, no inside track to government, no …

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How to Avoid a Nightmare Trustee Board

THIRD SECTOR MAGAZINE – SEPTEMBER 2019: Trustees form a vital part of good governance, but it can be difficult to get such appointments right. Craig Dearden-Phillips and Iain Hasdell consider the steps charities should take to find the ideal candidates. Dream Trustees are emotionally intelligent people who have great commercial acumen in their DNA. As …

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Charities and football clubs have an aim in common – uniting communities

As Bury FC faces insolvency, Craig Dearden-Phillips reflects on the role of its community trust in making a difference. Almost 43 years ago, on 9 October 1976, a sunny Saturday afternoon, I attended my first live football game with my dad. I was seven years old. The match was at Gigg Lane, home of Bury …

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