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 is currently Interim Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and is due to start as the permanent CEO of United World Schools in November. Prior to that she served 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 charity operating in over 30 countries. Dhivya has deep knowledge of the charity 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.
“The Charity CEO Podcast provides a first-hand testimony of the experiences of charity Chief Executives. The interviews are extremely motivational and inspiring, and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to know more about what it takes to be a charity leader.”
Founder & Managing Partner, Cadence Partners
“I have really enjoyed listening to the podcasts and learned so much not only about other charities but also about the sector and leadership. I really feel it should be compulsory listening for anyone working for a charity. Thank you!”
Director at Education Sub Saharan Africa
“I have been enjoying listening to The Charity CEO Podcasts and being on the other end as the interviewee, chatting with Dhivya was a lovely way to spend an hour! In these most challenging of times, to have the opportunity to hear from other CEOs is so helpful and reassuring and makes me very proud of our sector.”
CEO of Samaritans
“This podcast does not only speak to the needs of anyone involved in Charity, it is also very well structured with great questions and content. Its relevance and added value could not be higher given the world we live in today. This podcast has inspired me while providing me also with practical insights on the challenges affecting charity leaders today. Outstanding work!”
Executive Director and Founder, Positively Alive
“Really enjoyed being a guest on this podcast with Dhivya, talking about the power of young people, the impact of collective action, and juggling family life as a busy charity CEO! This podcast is such a great platform for sharing key leadership insights.”
Executive Director, BBC Children in Need
"I loved this new Season episode of the podcast. Julie was so humble and inspiring. I learnt a lot! Thanks Dhivya O'Connor for creating such a valuable resource."
CEO MYTIME Young Carers
"Great listen. Well done Dhivya; definitely one I will be subscribing to."
CEO The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
“Really interesting podcast. I don’t work in a charity and yet find the topics of discussion hugely relatable, especially for today’s society.”
“An honest and open discussion on the challenges of leadership in unprecedented times. Great listen.”
“Love this podcast - it's been so inspiring!”
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