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 is the newly appointed CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Currently Interim CEO at The Girls' Network, Dhivya has over 23 years' experience as a senior leader across the charity and private sectors. She has previously led as CEO, United World Schools, Chartered Institute of Fundraising and Children with Cancer UK.

Growing up in India, Dhivya witnessed stark inequalities, particularly for women and girls, which has deeply influenced her commitment to championing equality and addressing social injustice.

Dhivya serves as a Board Member of Book Aid International, an organisation which shares the power of books to help create a more equal world; is on the Steering Committee of Groundbreakers, a network promoting women leaders in the voluntary sector; and is Governor of a state primary school. She has also volunteered with NGOs in India, South Africa and Cambodia.

Prior to joining the non-profit world, she held various strategy, business development and leadership roles in the for-profit sector, driving innovation and growth, at GE Capital, Lloyds Bank and OctopusTravel (now part of Expedia Group).

A vocal advocate for the work of charities, Dhivya created and 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 5

Episode 46

Nisha Anand

CEO, Dream.Org

Finding common ground with unlikely allies

Episode 45

Laura Kyrke-Smith

Executive Director, International Rescue Committee UK

Re-settlement for Success

Episode 44

Ruth Marvel

CEO, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

A vision for young people

Episode 43

Mark Russell

CEO, The Children's Society

Fighting for Hope and Happiness

Episode 42

Areeba Hamid & Will McCallum

Co-Executive Directors, Greenpeace UK

Co-leading for Change

Episode 41

Anna Josse, Founder & CEO Prism the Gift Fund

The Joy of Giving, without the hassle of admin!

Season 4

Episode 40

Ella Gudwin, CEO VisionSpring

Enabling a billion people to see

Episode 39

Siobhan McCarthy Morton, CEO Adventure Ashram

A small but mighty force against human trafficking

Episode 38

Alex Day, Managing Director Big Give

The Generosity Multiplier!

Episode 37

Bejal Shah, CEO ReachOut and Verena Hefti MBE, CEO Leaders Plus

The Power of Mentoring!

Episode 36

Jean-Michel Grand, CEO Action Against Hunger UK

No child should die of hunger!

Episode 35

Chris Bird, CEO The Raheem Sterling Foundation

Mindset of a Champion!

Episode 34

Mita Desai, CEO Young Trustees Movement

What is the role of charity Governance? (and what Boards must do to get it right!)

Episode 33

Barbara-Anne Walker, CEO Ashgate Hospice

Changing the conversation about death and dying

Episode 32

Sarah Woolnough, CEO Asthma + Lung UK

Breath is life!

Episode 31

Suzanne Ehlers, CEO Malala Fund

Amplifying girls' voices!

Season 3

Episode 30

Charlotte Hill OBE, CEO The Felix Project

The Food Rescuers!

Episode 29

Shirah Mansaray, Founder & CEO I Am Somebody’s Child Soldier

Being part of the solution

Episode 28

Tim Howarth, Founding CEO, United World Schools

Believing in the power of education to transform lives

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 OBE, 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