The Charity CEO Podcast

The Charity CEO Podcast

The podcast for charity leaders,

by charity leaders.


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The Charity CEO Podcast

The podcast for charity leaders, by charity leaders.

This show aims to inspire, inform and deliver practical insights on the challenges facing charity leaders today. Featuring candid, meaningful conversations that really get beneath the surface of issues. 

For the benefit of leaders across the sector and for those who care about the important work of charities and non-profit organisations.



Dhivya O’Connor is a dynamic and innovative charity leader, who has over 22 years' experience across the non-profit and commercial sectors.

Dhivya is the newly appointed Global CEO of United World Schools. Previously she served as Interim CEO of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and as CEO of the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, Children with Cancer UK. She is a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of Book Aid International, a library development organisation operating in over 30 countries. Dhivya has deep knowledge of the non-profit sector and expertise across fundraising and philanthropy. She has volunteered with NGOs in India, South Africa and Cambodia.

Prior to joining the third sector, she held various strategy, business development and leadership roles, and helped drive transformative growth, working in organisations including Lloyds Bank, GE Capital and OctopusTravel (now part of Expedia Group).

A passionate advocate for the work of charities, she launched The Charity CEO Podcast in August 2020, whilst on Maternity break with her second child.



In each episode of The Charity CEO Podcast, Dhivya interviews a charity or non-profit leader who shares their insights, knowledge and expert opinion on a particular topic or area of expertise.



Season 3

Episode 27

Sarah Vibert, CEO National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Culture change is not linear

Episode 26

Alasdair Harris, Founder & Executive Director Blue Ventures

Conservation by communities, for communities

Episode 25

Michelle Mitchell OBE, CEO Cancer Research UK

Cancer care, COVID-19 and the power of collaboration

Episode 24

Darren Cormack, CEO Mines Advisory Group

Leadership by deliberate action

Episode 23

Leonor Stjepic, CEO Montessori Group

A values-based approach to education, life and leadership

Episode 22

Sharath Jeevan, Founder & Chair, Intrinsic Labs

Leaders as nurturers of purpose and impact

Episode 21

Alice Dearing & Danielle Obe, Co-Founders & Chair, Black Swimming Association

Representation and creating Olympic history!

Season 2

Episode 20

Frank Fletcher, CEO Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Sailing through the Pandemic

Episode 19

Baroness Delyth Morgan, CEO Breast Cancer Now

Achieving more through Collaboration

Episode 18

Helen Moulinos, CEO POhWER

What are our Human Rights?

Episode 17

Kate Lee, CEO Alzheimer's Society

Care Deeply and Be Honest

Episode 16

Catharine Brown, CEO Designability

Doing Important Work!

Episode 15

Angela McConville, CEO NCT Charity

Creating a Movement For Change

Episode 14

Kirsty Schneeberger MBE, CEO Synchronicity Earth

Going forward to Better

Episode 13

Girish Menon, CEO STiR Education

Transforming the lives of 60 million children

Episode 12

Susan Daniels OBE, CEO National Deaf Children's Society

Driving change and dreaming big!

Episode 11

Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO Directory of Social Change

Leadership of Courage and Hope

Episode 10

Mark Longbottom, CEO Heart Kids New Zealand

People, Purpose and Podcasting!

Episode 9

Julie Bentley, CEO Samaritans

Learning, Leadership and Listening

Season 1

Episode 8

Paul Evans, CEO Leadership Through Sport & Business

Youth unemployment and the risky business of changing the world.


Episode 7

Sophie Livingstone MBE, Managing Director, Trustees Unlimited

Making Governance sexy! 

Episode 6

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK

The Indian disrupter tackling food poverty in schools

Episode 5

Charlotte Hill OBE, Founding CEO, Step Up To Serve (Part 2)

Leadership, babies and the intricacies of Maternity Leave!

Episode 4

Charlotte Hill OBE, Executive Director, BBC Children in Need (Part 1)

Pandemic impact on young people and the power of collective action

Episode 3

Sarah Mitchell, CEO Heart of the City

Corporate Social Responsibility and the future of charity partnerships

Episode 2

Gemma Peters, CEO Blood Cancer UK (Part 2)

Implications of Black Lives Matter - What does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion really mean?

Episode 1

Gemma Peters, CEO Blood Cancer UK (Part 1)

Leading through the pandemic - Impact on cancer communities and the charity sector



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Ep 27. Sarah Vibert, CEO National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Culture change is not linear


Ep 27. Sarah Vibert, CEO National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Culture change is not linear

#1 Podcast in Apple's Non-Profit Category, GB*

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