NCVO Annual Conference 2020: What’s next? Charities and volunteering in a changing world

Given the uncertainty regarding the length of time needed to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel this year's Annual Conference. We will be running the Annual Conference next year. Current bookings will be transferred to the 2021 conference (date TBC). If you have any queries please email
20 April 2020 - 09:30
Location Icon The Brewery 52 Chiswell St, London, EC1Y 4SD
This event has been cancelled.

Keeping up with changes in the external environment can seem an overwhelming task, especially when you are focussed on more pressing issues. NCVO’s annual conference will provide an opportunity for charity leaders to step away from the day to day and reflect on the rapidly changing world.

You’ll hear from NCVO’s new chief executive, Karl Wilding, on the changes to government policy and the regulatory environment you need to know about. And the steps we must take to ensure that the voluntary sector can play a bigger role in helping communities across the country to address the challenges and seize the opportunities ahead.

We’ll explore some of the current and emerging trends that may help you think differently about your role. We’ll look at new ways of working to help you do what you do best. And we’ll give you the tools you need to prepare your organisation for the future.
Join us at the largest event in the voluntary sector calendar, for an uplifting and inspiring day of learning, exchanging ideas and networking.

'If you’ve only got resources to attend one thing this year, make it the NCVO conference'
Mariana Rocha, University of West London, 2018 delegate

Highlights will include:

  • an interactive Q&A session with Karl Wilding, chief executive of NCVO 
  • a variety of breakout sessions providing practical tips and tools for your professional development on topics including fundraising, mental health and leadership
  • expert advice on a specific topic in our range of 1-2-1 sessions 
  • inspiring keynote speakers
  • opportunities to share successes and challenges with your peers during the day, and at the drinks reception celebrating what’s great about the sector.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at chief executives, directors and senior managers of voluntary organisations. It will also be useful to trustees, chairs and anyone working closely with an organisation’s management team.

'An opportunity to step aside from the day job, to reflect, consider, plan and be inspired by others'
Alison Stevens, Farleigh Hospice, 2019 delegate 

fringe event

The National Lottery Community Fund are hosting a fringe event on how your fundraising team, and the wider charity, can help tackle the climate emergency. Fringe events are free to attend and take place the morning of the conference. Find out more and to book your place

Photography and filming

We will be working with a photographer to capture photos of the conference which may be used in our marketing materials. If you want to be excluded from photos please make yourself known to the photographer on the day.

We occasionally work with film-makers to film our events. If you do not wish to be included in any filming, please let us know or make yourself known to NCVO staff on the day.

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