The Charity CEO Podcast

The Charity CEO Podcast

The podcast for charity leaders,

by charity leaders.


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Welcome to

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.



Dhivya O’Connor is a dynamic and innovative charity leader, who has over 20 years' experience across the charity and commercial sectors.

Most recently, Dhivya served as CEO of the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, Children with Cancer UK. She is also a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of the international development organisation, Book Aid International. Dhivya has deep knowledge of the charity sector, with expertise in fundraising and philanthropy. She has also 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 Chief Executive who shares their insights, knowledge and expert opinion on a particular topic or area of expertise.



Season 2

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 of Samaritans

Learning, Leadership and Listening

Season 1

Episode 1

Gemma Peters, CEO Blood Cancer UK (Part 1)

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

Episode 2

Gemma Peters, CEO Blood Cancer UK (Part 2)

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

Episode 3

Sarah Mitchell, CEO Heart of the City

Talking Corporate Social Responsibility and the future of charity partnerships

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 5

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

Leadership, babies and the intricacies of Maternity Leave!

Episode 6

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK

The Indian disrupter tackling food poverty in schools

Episode 7

Sophie Livingstone MBE, Managing Director, Trustees Unlimited

Making Governance sexy! 

Episode 8

Paul Evans, CEO Leadership Through Sport & Business

Youth unemployment and the risky business of changing the world. 



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Ep 17. Kate Lee, CEO Alzeimer's Society

Care Deeply & Be Honest


Ep 17. Kate Lee, CEO Alzeimer's Society

Care Deeply & Be Honest

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

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