Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) has appointed Alex Skailes as CEO-elect of its Consultancy and Talent Development practice to lead the next stage of the Centre’s growth and development.
Alex takes over from Denise Fellows, the founder CEO of the Consultancy and Talent Development practice, who will retire from the role at the end of March.
A consultant at Cass CCE since 2013, Alex’s background is in consultancy and finance. She is an accountant by profession and spent much of her early career at PwC before transferring into the nonprofit sector.
With an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass CCE, Alex is a senior lecturer on the resource management programme, and has been involved with a number of publications including, ‘Impact Reporting in the UK Charity Sector,’ which was jointly produced by the Charity Finance Directors Group and Cass Business School.
Her nonprofit roles include being Chair of Community Action Suffolk, where she has overseen the merger of ten local CVS organisations in its formation, and she is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.
Commenting on her appointment Alex Skailes said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the next stage of the Centre’s development. I look forward to building on the Centre’s excellent reputation as a convenor for the sector and helping it expand its reach. Cass CCE’s unique position within a leading Business School, combined with the practitioner trusted adviser approach, allows us to build bridges across all sectors, stimulating debate, sharing learning and providing fresh insights for solutions to the challenges faced by nonprofit organisations.
Our goal remains unchanged – to deliver results through our consulting advice and professional development programmes that will drive performance excellence within nonprofit organisations, enabling enhanced sustainability and strengthening long term impact.”
Welcoming Alex, Denise Fellows said: “We have worked hard over the last 11 years to develop a centre which helps drive performance excellence within the nonprofit sector. This needs strong collaborative leadership skills and I am delighted to hand over the reins to Alex, who has already earned the respect of colleagues at Cass CCE, and clients and our partners. Alex’s intellect, integrity and independence bode well for Cass CCE’s future impact on the sector.”
Denise Fellows is also CEO of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, a role that she will continue after retiring as CEO within Cass CCE.
The Director of Cass CCE, Professor Paul Palmer, also commented: “We are very fortunate that such a high calibre individual as Alex is taking on the mantle of CEO and will develop the outstanding Consultancy and Talent Development practice created by Denise Fellows. The sector is facing many more challenges and the need for specialised development and advice has never been greater.”
The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass (Cass CCE) is the leading nonprofit and philanthropy centre in the UK. Through a blend of academic teaching, consultancy and professional development courses, it has delivered positive transformation and has significantly enhanced the performance of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the nonprofit sector. www.cass.city.ac.uk/cce @CassCCE
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