Clink Charity CEO to headline Cass CCE’s Charity Talk on Social Investment

Chris Moore, CEO, The Clink Charity to headline Cass CCE’s first Charity Talk 2016/17 on Social Investment

Venue: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London

– Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 6pm.

The Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) has announced its 2016/17 speaker line up for its ever popular series of ‘Charity Talks.’

cassThe new series, sponsored by GatenbySanderson, and chaired by Professor Ian Bruce CBE, President of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School runs from October 2016 until July 2017 and includes five talks from leading figures in the charity and nonprofit sector on a range of topical issues.

The first Charity Talk, ‘Social Enterprise – can it work better for you?’ will be headlined by Chris Moore, Chief Executive, The Clink Charity, a social enterprise that provides accredited catering training to prisoners who supply food for restaurants at HMP Brixton, Cardiff, High Down and Styal.

The restaurant has three income streams to help to pay for this training which reduces recidivism rates after discharge because the ex-offenders gain employment upon release.

Chris will discuss how the charity addresses the challenges of fulfilling its mission to rehabilitate prisoners and reduce reoffending whilst needing to break even financially.

Mark Salway, Director of Social Impact and social Investing at Cass CEE, will then discuss how more charities could consider similar social enterprise methods which integrate raising money with service delivery.

Mark Salway says, “We are delighted to welcome Chris Moore to open this year’s Charity Talk series. He will share The Clink Charity’s inspiring journey, discuss the challenges they faced in becoming financially sustainable and offer practical advice and guidance for others on how to generate success which they can apply in their own organisations.”

Cass CCE has also announced a stellar line up of speakers for the other Charity Talks including Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam; Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss; Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support and Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding.

Professor Ian Bruce, who curated the series says: “Since we set up Charity Talks 23 years ago over 10,000 people have attended and we’ve had some really engaging speakers. This year is no exception. Social enterprise is a ‘hot’ business like method our sector needs to know more about in this difficult income climate. With further topics ranging from how to campaign for less popular causes such as conflict, war and refugees through to how to turnaround charities effectively, we expect terrific debate, interesting opinions, good advice and learning that can be shared and some excellent networking at our buffet reception.“

Each presentation is followed by an audience debate, Q&A session and buffet reception.

The next four talks are:

  • 14th Dec 2016 – Campaigning for less popular causes: wars, conflict and refugees
  • 1st March 2017 – Growing leaders through internal executive coaching
  • 3rd May 2017 – How to make fundraising effective, legitimate and ethical
  • 19th July 2017 – Charity Turnarounds – changing ahead of the curve

The talks take place at Cass, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, starting at 6 for 6.30pm. Tickets are £30 per talk, or £120 for the series of 5, including discount. It is recommended to book and reserve places early as seats are limited. Please contact CassCCE@city.ac.uk for company bookings.

More information on Charity Talks and to book.