ONLINE TRAINING: Navigating strategic risk and change in the voluntary sector

  • 1 day
  • Planning and strategy
  • Online
  • Management
  • Leadership
This course will introduce strategic foresight methodologies, which can help organisations move away from the reactionary to consider their future direction in a more structured way. It will also help you to identify strategic risks, reflect on how people experience and adapt to change, and consider how you can support staff to engage with a new or emerging strategy.
Voluntary organisations continue to face an unprecedented pace of change. Even if you haven’t yet heard the expression VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, you will definitely have felt it. This environment creates increased challenges and risks, not only in adapting to and planning for the future, but also in supporting teams to navigate and embed what can feel like relentless change.


By the end of the course, you will have: 
  • increased knowledge of strategic foresight methodologies to help you plan for the future 
  • developed understanding of systems thinking and how it can create strategic insight
  • considered how to manage strategic risk in your organisation
  • increased understanding of how people experience change
  • considered how to engage your team with an a new or emerging strategy.


This participatory course will include presentations, peer learning, and opportunities to experiment with strategic foresight methodologies in a way that supports you to consider your own organisation’s needs. It's aimed specifically at senior leaders, CEOs, chairs and trustees, but open to anyone in the voluntary sector.

However, if you're new to strategy and business planning you may want to attend our other course, strategic planning: processes and tools for direction and decision-making, first. If you have previously attended, this course will build on your skills and knowledge, but with a focus on the future.


Jenny Potkins is a consultant, facilitator and trainer, with 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. Part of the NCVO consultancy team, she provides a range of consultancy support across strategy, organisation effectiveness, theory of change and impact measurement. Jenny also regularly delivers training on strategic planning, theory of change and planning for evaluation as part of NCVO’s open training offer or bespoke offer for clients. 

Before joining NCVO, Jenny worked with teams of senior business leaders to support voluntary organisations with organisation strategy, capacity building and board effectiveness. In her early career she developed and managed the education projects and programmes for diverse voluntary sector organisations, and for a time was education manager at the Barbican Centre.


To sign up, click the 'Register' button at the top of the page. This training will take place on Zoom. We will send out the Zoom link with the joining instructions before the session. 

The training will run from 10.00 until 15.30 with short breaks and a longer lunch break.


All of our training courses can be delivered online at a time and date that suits you. We can work with you to tailor our courses to match your needs. For more information please complete our online contact form.


Email the training team or call 020 7520 2587 with any questions or queries you may have on our training courses.

Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30,000 can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount.

Please make sure you select the correct pricing band. If this is incorrect when we cross-reference against our records, it will slow down the booking process. 


NCVO Member - under £50,000 £55.00
Non NCVO member - under £50,000 £78.00
NCVO Member - £50,000 -£100,000 £86.00
Non NCVO Member - £50,000 -£100,000 £125.00
NCVO member -£100,000 - £1m £138.00
Non NCVO member -£100,000 - £1m £198.00
NCVO member - over £1m £218.00
Non NCVO member - over £1m £314.00