The Charity CEO Podcast


Charlotte Hill, OBE

Founding CEO of Step Up To Serve (Part 2): Leadership, babies and the intricacies of Maternity Leave!

“The Chief Execs who I really admire are those who wear their heart on their sleeve and are open and honest and themselves.... they are their authentic selves... no matter where you see them and no matter who they are talking to, they are themselves.”

Charlotte Hill became Chief Executive of Step Up To Serve in 2014 at the start of the #iwill Campaign. Prior to that she had been CEO of UK Youth. She is currently on secondment to BBC Children In Need, but will return to Step Up To Serve for the final months before the time-limited organisation closes its doors at the end of 2020.

Charlotte started her career working in Parliament for the Rt. Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP. She then moved to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as their Parliamentary Advisor. Charlotte has also worked with children’s charities in Australia and Cambodia.

Charlotte was awarded an OBE for services to young people in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.

Ep. 5 Charlotte Hill, Founding CEO of Step Up To Serve

Founding CEO of Step Up To Serve (Part 2): Leadership, babies and the intricacies of Maternity Leave!

In this episode, Part 2, of my conversation with Charlotte Hill, we talk about the joys and the challenges of having babies whilst being busy Chief Executives. We discuss issues surrounding Maternity Leave, Shared Parental Leave and around women transitioning back in to the workplace; and explore perceived barriers to leadership for women. We reflect on how lockdown has shown everyone in a much more human light, having to juggle work, children, self-care and in Charlotte’s case, even breast-feeding!

Charlotte reveals her personal struggle with fertility and how being vulnerable can actually make us stronger and more respected as leaders.

This episode was recorded in September 2020, via Skype.

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