Bold Moves, Brave Decisions

Tuesday 3 October 2017, at St Austell Business Park Conference Centre

Bold Moves, Brave Decisions

Charity leaders are facing some difficult decisions – deeper public sector cuts, increasing regulation and red tape. Thrive Third Sector is back with more ambitious discussions for charity leaders.

Organised by Mackerel Sky Events and Agile PR, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising South West, this year we have secured not one, but TWO hard-hitting national keynotes:

Sir Stuart Etherington: CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory for Social Change

In 2015, Etherington led a review into charity fundraising practice, and published the report Regulating Fundraising for the Future. This paved the way for the development of the Fundraising Regulator, which oversees fundraising practice by charities.

Allcock Tyler is CEO of the Directory for Social Change, author, champion for small charities and regular contributor to Third Sector magazine.
She will be joined by fundraising leaders, financial and legal experts, charity bosses and a host of case studies from the South West’s vibrant charity sector.

Following the success of 2016’s Thrive Third Sector, featuring keynote speaker William Shawcross – chair of the┬áThrive Third Sector 2017 will continue to bring together senior decision makers, fundraisers, communicators, executives and trustees to tackle those difficult subjects.

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2017 Programme

  • 9:00 Arrival & registration
  • 9:30 Welcome & Morning Keynote
  • Sir Stuart Etherington CEO
    National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • 10:30 SESSION 1

Choose from a selection of thought provoking sessions.
Room 1. Sarah Pryce, The Critical Friend
The Truth About Courage: Upping Your Leadership Game
orRoom 2. Caroline Danks, Caroline Danks Fundraising:
The Awkwardness of Intimacy.

  • 11:15 Refreshment & Networking Break
  • 11:30 SESSION 2

Choose from a selection of thought provoking sessions.
Room 1. Duncan Leslie, Francis Clark Hot Topics for Charities or
Room 2. Jowanna Conboye, Stephens Scown:
GDPR for the Third Sector

  • 12:15 Lunchtime Keynote
  • Debra Allcock Tyler
    CEO of Directory for Social Change
  • 13:15 Lunch
  • 14:30 SESSION 3

Choose from a selection of thought provoking sessions.
Room 1. Matthew Thomson,
Cornwall Food Foundation:
Cause for Collaboration
Room 2. Andy Whyte, Inspiration Bureau:
Story telling for Ambitious Fundraising

  • 15:315 BREAK
  • 14:15 SESSION 4

Room 1. Claire Eason Bassett, Mackerel Sky Events: Agile Decision theory or
Room 2. Rachel Picken, Agile PR
Bold brand communications: Risk & Reward

  • What are your take aways?

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The conference committee would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the following organisations.

2017 Sponsors
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