Last year's awards in full swing

Last year’s awards in full swing


Huge thanks to everyone who nominated CEOs earlier this summer. We’ve been spoilt for choice with 100 amazing entries. Here’s a quick update on next steps and sponsors.

What happens next?

This year’s top 30 will be announced at a special event on Thursday 6 November hosted by Girlguiding.

Who’s in this year’s top 30?

Our judges have been burning the midnight oil this summer deciding who is in this year’s top 30. As I said, we had 100 brilliant nominations and narrowing them down to 30 when the standard has been so high has been no easy task. We’d like to thank Simon Blake, CEO of Brook and Chair of our judging panel, Dalton Leong, CEO of The Children’s Trust, and Lucy Caldicott, Director of Fundraising at CLIC Sargent, for all their hard work.

Naturally, the names of those in this year’s top 30 are under lock and key until November. They will be announced officially in the press the morning after the awards i.e. Friday 7 November.

Who else is involved?

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s awards will be run in association with Grant Thornton (you may have seen their recent report Growing Communities on charity leadership and social media). We’ve got some other great sponsors on board including TPP and Access. If you’re a corporate who would like to get involved please contact me on

How can I help my CEO/ board/ leadership team use social media?

We’ll be producing some content to help you do just that which will be launched at the same time as the awards. In the meantime, check out the guide we produced last year.

I’ll also be running a workshop to help trustees use social media at the NCVO conference on 10 November, and am planning some workshops on how you or your leadership team can develop good personal online presences early in the new year. If you’d like to know more about these drop me a line on And for tip top digital campaigns advice and resources do check out Matt’s agency, Platypus Digital.