It may be June, but at NPC, our minds are on October. No, it’s not because that might be the month we crash out of the EU with no deal. Nor is it because the weather we’re experiencing belongs more in autumn than the middle of summer. It’s because October is when we hold our annual conference, NPC Ignites.

For those of you who have never been before, our conference brings together the brightest minds from the charity sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead while exploring new trends that can spark innovation and maximise social impact.

If you are looking for an opportunity to be inspired by leaders in the sector while having the chance to network with like-minded colleagues, join us on the day. We have a number of outstanding speakers lined up, who will help us explore some of the key questions the sector is grappling with.

Brexit

We will kick off the day with a keynote speech from Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of British Red Cross, who will take us on a journey that will unveil the challenges the sector is currently facing amid Brexit uncertainty and set scene for the day.

Dan Corry, Chief Executive of NPC, Fozia Irfan, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation and Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, will draw from their experiences as sector leaders to help delegates reflect on how the social sector can deliver impact where it is most needed in a post-Brexit world.

 

Power dynamics

The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss some of the themes that are core to NPC’s work. We will hear from Angela Kail, Director of Research and Consulting at NPC and Darren Murinas, Chief Executive of Expert, on how the sector can bring awareness to existing power dynamics and shift the balance of power to build trust and healthy relationships. Other NPC speakers will help us explore why and how the sector should put equality and diversity at the centre of their work and make the most effective use of data to drive impact.

People, Impact, Purpose

Place-based approaches, systems change, and digital are sectoral trends that have the potential to revolutionise the way in which the sector works, which is why these topics are a key focus in NPC’s new strategy.

Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford CVS, and Cllr Jack Hopkins, Leader of Lambeth Council, will share insights about how the social, public and private sector can adopt place-based approaches to bring about social change.

We will also hear from Tris Lumley, Director of Innovation and Development at NPC, on how we can use digital to build on user and practitioner knowledge and engage with complexity by adopting systems change approaches that can help overcome barriers and achieve lasting change in people’s lives.

The last session of the day will be a panel with Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Bernardo’s, Immy Kaur, Impact Hub, and Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, chaired by journalist Greg Hurst, who will answer any burning questions delegates may have. This will be your opportunity to share your views and reflections and talk to sector experts.

There simply isn’t enough space here to go into the details of what each session will cover, but we recommend you check out the full programme. Super early bird tickets at a special introductory rate are available for a limited time.

So, if you are looking for new ideas to make your work more effective, search no more. All you have to do is book now.

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