Strategic People Conference 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:30am
America Square Conference Centre, London

Last year the Strategic People Conference, ‘Thoughtful leadership for a healthy culture’, prompted lots of conversations about the importance of creating a supportive environment, to improve resilience among staff and volunteers in the sector.

In 2020 we turn our attention to ‘Success through a fair and equal culture’.

Our workforce spans multiple generations, and works in diverse communities. We need to actively embrace equality, diversity and inclusion, to attract the right people, and remain relevant.  The mix of age, ethnicity, disabilities, gender, roles, background and location, means that real care and thought needs to be given to give everyone equal chance to develop and succeed.

Susan Cordingley, Director of Strategy and Operations, NCVO, wrote in the People Count 2019 report, ‘It’s important that we get the right policies in place now to ensure that the senior leaders of the future are drawn from the whole breadth of backgrounds among our employees [volunteers], not just a section of them.’

We need to develop our approaches to recruitment, training and communication to attract good people and to keep them. Leaders must respond to and anticipate change.  HR and Volunteer leaders play an integral part in making things happen and the conference will provide a place to talk, challenge and learn.

“Really brilliant, thank you, I’ll be back next year!”

Keynote Speaker

We open with our keynote speaker, Karl Wilding, recently appointed CEO of NCVO, who champions the message, how we do things is just as important as what we do.  Here are a few words from Karl:

My work at NCVO is to champion the voluntary sector and volunteering. We believe that voluntary organisations and the volunteers they and others engage, make a positive difference to the world – and we want to support them to make an even bigger difference. I lead a group of talented, committed people that create robust, innovative, policy and research, advice and support, and campaigns for the long term. We work across sectors, supporting both voluntary organisations and volunteering, wherever it takes place.

I speak and write widely on the big issues facing the voluntary sector, such as transparency and accountability, funding and finance, and the relationship between digital technology and social action. I’m an active contributor to NCVO’s foresight programme and blog about the big issues facing voluntary organisations. I’m a trustee of Creating the Future, trustee of Communities 1st, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness.

Download the Strategic People 2020 Draft Brochure

We’ve started working on the content for the workshops and have a draft brochure available. We will update this document regularly.

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To express interest in attending and to be kept up to date about the programme, speakers and timings, fill in the form below.


We are delighted to have the support of our sponsor, TPP Recruitment, and our partners, Association of Mental Health Providers, Association of Volunteer Managers, Charity Comms, Heritage Volunteer Group, National Care Forum, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and look forward to welcoming their members to the conference.

Thank you.


Early Bird offer

(until 21.02.20)

Standard price

(from 24.02.20)

Member* Non-member All
1 delegate £185.12 £208.00 £242.00
2 delegates £340.62 £382.72 £445.28
3 delegates £499.82 £561.60 £653.40

For bookings of 4 or more, please email Nihal Widdowson, or call +44 (0)1865 263720.

Prices exclude VAT.

* Members of our partners

“TPP Recruitment are delighted to be sponsoring the Strategic People Conference 2020 for the 5th year. A specialist, highly respected and well-established UK-wide consultancy, our areas of expertise enable us to provide dedicated support and advice to non-profit organisations across the UK.”

Rob Hayter, Recruitment Director


If you are interested in exhibiting at Strategic People 2020, call Clare Harris on 01865 263720 to book your place. Please note that spaces are limited; don’t miss out.

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