Institute of Fundraising: Chief Executives Day a first for National Convention '05

If there is just one day when chief executives and senior fundraising and charity personnel can join us at the Institute of Fundraising's National Convention 2005, make it Chief Executives Day, 11 July.

Although the convention is open to fundraisers and interested parties at all levels, Chief Executives Day will enable top level personnel to fit the most relevant elements of the Convention into one day of your busy calendar. Essential events include the morning 'Focus On' session, various afternoon workshops and the evening event - the annual Giving Debate.

The 'Focus On' session, taking place from 10.00am until 1.00pm, addresses the issues of accountability, transparency and the charity 'brand'. The highlight of this session will be the launch of a major new sector-wide initiative designed to tackle exactly this issue.

The aim of the session will be to update you on recent developments in this area and to give you the opportunity to voice your views. Speakers include: John Low, chair of Acevo and chief executive, RNID; Paulette Maehara, chief executive, AFP; Campbell Robb, director of public policy, NCVO; Fiona Duncan, chair, Institute of Fundraising Scotland and director of external affairs, Capability Scotland; and Alan Gosschalk, director of fundraising, Shelter.

The annual Giving Debate (a legacy from The Giving Campaign), asks: "Giving in modern times is often dramatic, but does it match the vision and impact of Victorian philanthropy?" The debate will take place from 5:45pm to 7:45pm, so there will be plenty of time between this and the morning 'Focus On' session to attend any of the 28 afternoon workshops or to network with others at the event.

The debate, chaired by Martin Kettle, political editor of The Guardian, will see the Victorians represented by Major Bill Cochrane, secretary for communications at the Salvation Army, and Dr Tristram Hunt, TV historian and author of Building Jerusalem: the Rise and Fall of the Victorian City.

Modern times will be represented by Sir Tom Shebbeare, director of charities for HRH the Prince of Wales, and Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, former chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The debate will be followed by drinks and canapes.

Chief Executives Day, 11 July, is taking place at the start of the National Convention 2005 at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London.

The daily rate is £189 for individual members and £249 for non-members (two-day and three-day passes are available). We hope to see you there.

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