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Contemplations of a charity chief: what I’ve learned so far in 22 years of working in the charities sector

An illuminating discussion with Bill Feeney, exploring his own experience of running and working for charities and other not for profit entities.

In this podcast Ruo Wu and guest, Bill Feeneyalso discussed:

  • the importance of one’s own values, the value in helping others & being close to impact;
  • drawing inspiration from people ‘hidden on the side lines’;
  • the importance of running a charity like a business;
  • the benefit of interim roles in charities;
  • past learnings;
  • the future of the charity sector; and
  • celebrated local charity Launchpad Reading’s Big Sleep Out 2021 event ( ) on the 9 & 10th October where people are encouraged to swap their comfortable beds for a sleeping bag to help raise vital funds to prevent pandemic -related homelessness in Reading and Berkshire Community Foundation’s Vital For Berkshire Fund ( the fund is now open for their Autumn 2021 grant applications.

Speaker bio:

Bill Feeney has spent over 22 years in the charity sector, supporting small and medium size charities in a variety of senior roles to improve their systems, income, strategy and ultimately achieve wider influence. His experience includes working with ex-offenders and substance misusers, homeless, advice, and disability charities. Currently working as an interim CEO and consultant, his projects  focus on pandemic response, fundraising, governance, strategy, change, and impact. Bill enjoys working with charities whose work and impact is close to the frontline and measurable.  He loves mountain biking, running, cooking, music and his family. But not in that order!