Join our Charity CEO Mentoring Programme

One-to-one, pro bono mentoring for new and aspiring charity CEOs

Applications for the 2023 Programme are now closed. We will publish information about the next scheme when it is open in January 2024.

Become a mentor

This scheme is for you if:

  • You’ve recently started your first role as a charity CEO (in the last 18 months), or
  • You are already in a senior leadership role, and you aspire to be a CEO as your next role
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Why are we doing this?

The journey to charity leadership can be a lonely one. With charities across the sector facing increasing pressure, new leaders need a safe space and a trustworthy sounding board to navigate the challenges of the role.

Charity People’s Mentoring Programme connects new and aspiring charity CEOs to experienced leaders across the sector. Our mentors give their time because they want to see new leaders thrive, in order to better serve the causes they are working for.

Our aim is to use our existing networks to equip a new generation of charity leaders and build a pipeline of fresh candidates for CEO roles.

We want to see the charity sector, including its leaders, reflect the diversity of the people we serve. That’s why 40% of the places on this scheme will go to members of underrepresented groups.

How it works


April 2024

Deadline to apply for the Mentoring Scheme

May 2024

Charity People matches you with a mentor based on your current needs, skill set and experience

June 2024

Introductory session with your mentor - in person if possible

June 2024

Session 2 - in person or online

July 2024

Session 3 - in person or online

July 2024

Session 4 - in person or online

August 2024

Session 5 - in person or online

September 2024

Session 6 - in person or online

October 2024

Session 7 - in person or online

November 2024

Closing session - in person if possible

Throughout the scheme, Charity People stays in touch with you and your mentor to make sure everything is running smoothly.
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Who are the mentors?

Our Mentoring Network brings together experienced leaders within the charity sector – including existing and former CEOs, Board Advisors and other senior leaders.

They bring a wide variety of skills, wisdom and practical know-how from years spent across the charity sector. And they all have prior experience of mentoring, so you’ll be able to start benefiting from their knowledge right away.

Would you like to mentor a charity leader?

One of our team will be in touch to discuss our program.