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Leadership course facilitation

CVSL recently piloted an opportunity for learners to meet face to face locally as they complete the online leadership courses.  We have now produced a facilitation pack to support infrastructure organisations, trainers, and community champions to facilitate a face to face group alongside the online learning.  If you are interested in working with us to pilot this pack, please contact Carol at  We look forward to hearing from you.

Briefing Papers

The CVSL team has prepared a series of three briefing papers that explore the topic of leadership in the UK voluntary sector. The first of these reviews the academic literature concerning the debate about leadership within the sector, but it goes on to open this up wherever possible to explore the broader influence of debates on leadership which have influenced thinking about leadership in the sector.

Paper 2 focuses on the shape of the leadership development landscape in the UK voluntary sector and examines some of the major constraints facing the further enhancement of leadership development for leaders across the sector.

The third, and final paper in this series, returns to the broader leadership studies literature and examines in particular the relevance of contemporary debates that focus on critical collective leadership perspectives. In brief these include shared leadership, leadership as relational practice, and the concept of leaderful organisations. It then summarises the implications of these approaches for leadership development and for voluntary sector research.

Research Reports

The value of small: evidencing the distinctive contribution of small and medium sized charities (funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation) - HERE.

Tracking Transforming Rehabilitation Probation reforms (funded by Click - #TrackTR) - HERE.


Windows of Collaborative Opportunity: Considerations of Governance by Chris Cornforth, John Paul Hayes and Siv Vangen - HERE


Please click to see all the videos from the CVSL Conference in March 2018 on YouTube

Please click to see all the videos from the CVSL Launch in November 2016 on YouTube.

CVSL / VSSN Event: Leading through challenging times - videos now available

Seminar: A relational account of third sector leadership - fields, frames and movement, Dr Rob Macmillan - video now available


What on earth is leadership anyway? - recording now available

Challenges and opportunities in the third sector across Europe - recording new available