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Edward Kellow

Edward is a highly creative, enthusiastic and outcome orientated facilitator and coach, specialising in leadership, communications, and change. Edward has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development, including 10 working at senior level internationally. While he is passionate about the value of face to face learning, Edward believes that a blended learning approach, making full use of the internet and online learning platforms, is the way to make education more effective, inclusive and sustainable. One of his main goals is to create powerful learning networks that continue to learn and grow beyond the life of a course or programme.

Rebecca Nestor

Rebecca is a facilitator and leadership developer, who works with charities, voluntary organisations, universities and schools. She loves in particular working with leaders and managers going through transitions, and supporting groups of people to work well together. Rebecca holds a first degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the Open University, and a Master’s from the Tavistock and Portman Foundation NHS Trust. She is accredited to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Team Management Profile.


NCVO is at the forefront of leadership development for the voluntary sector, providing opportunities for almost 100 years. Our CEO, Sir Stuart Etherington is an Honorary Visiting Professor in Leadership at South Bank University. Karl Wilding, director of public policy and volunteering, is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness. They are both established leadership coaches who stand up for the sector every day, and have led on high profile campaigns. NCVO’s research team produce the annual Almanac and Road Ahead analysis, both of which are instrumental for the sector in helping shape leaders of the future, by giving them the tools and data to help understand the changing environment.

Current and recent NCVO leadership work includes:

  • Step on Board (since 2013)

The programme enables private sector leaders to take on leadership roles in the voluntary sector as trustees. It provides a tailored training and coaching that builds participants’ negotiation, strategic development, teamwork and leadership skills.

  • NCVO Leadership Programme (2008–2013)

Enabled 120 leaders of smaller voluntary and community organisations to develop their leadership skills. As a result of attending the programme 78% of participants felt that they were thinking more like a leader 83% felt that they had more confidence in being the leader they would like to be, and 81% said that they had a better understanding of their leadership strengths.

  • Leadership 2020 Commission (2010)

NCVO established and hosted the commission to set out recommendations on what needed to be done to inspire and engage a new generation of civil society leaders. NCVO led on strengthening foresight within the sector by enabling infrastructure bodies to coordinate networks of emerging leaders to shape responses to future challenges.

We have a relationship with many current voluntary sector leaders including the ELLA Forums.

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