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Melanie May | 6 December 2021 | News

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Here’s news of two programmes offering support for leadership development in the nonprofit sector – for leaders working in the global food supply chain, and for community enterprise leaders in the North East of England and across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Emerging Leaders programme for nonprofits working in the global food supply chain

Eden Search & Select has launched the Emerging Leaders programme, to help fund and mentor the next generation of leaders working in charities and not-for-profit organisations in the global food supply chain.

The programme offers one future leader the chance to access £3,000 of funding to help pay for an academic qualification, a vocational course, or a research project that will make a difference to the industry they work in. They will also be eligible for four one-hour mentoring sessions with industry sector specialists including company founders, CEOs and senior leaders.


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David Macaulay, Managing Director of Eden Search & Select, said:

“Our Emerging Leaders programme will help charities and not-for-profits unlock the potential of team members who have already been identified as the leaders of tomorrow. Working across the global food supply chain for more than a decade, we’ve wanted to run a scheme of this kind for some time. As we approach the start of 2022, it feels like there is no better time to get this off the ground. The past two have been difficult for everyone in business – but particularly for charities.


“While many not-for-profits organisations have proved resilient in the face of Covid, and have adapted their services accordingly, there has, undoubtedly, been a knock-on effect on training and development budgets. As a business, with a large network of leadership contacts across the sector, we feel extremely well placed to support future leaders coming through and are excited to review the applications we receive from candidates.”

To be eligible, individuals must be working within a not-for-profit organisation / charity in agritech, fresh, protein and plant-based, food manufacturing sectors in the UK or internationally. They must also demonstrate significant experience in one or more senior management positions, and have experienced rapid career progression with a clear view of the external support they require to continue the trajectory into leadership/board positions.

More information on the criteria for entry can be found on Eden Search’s site.

All applications will be reviewed by 28 February 2022 with three applicants shortlisted for an interview in March. One person will be then selected for the award and the other two shortlisted candidates will be enrolled for a standalone mentoring programme with 4 x 1hr sessions to support their industry initiatives within the 12 months following 1 May 2022.

Leading the Way programme for community leaders in NE England

Power to Change and Virgin Money Foundation have joined forces to launch a programme to support community enterprise leaders in the North East of England and across Yorkshire and Humberside in developing their leadership skills.

Leading the Way is a tailored learning programme balancing one-to-one development and group learning with a grant of £8,000 to support the development and the impact of community enterprises.

With a programme mentor, site visits and inspirational talks, the programme enables participants to co-produce a development plan to track their progression, learn from others and further their leadership skills and knowledge.

The first round, which opened on 2 December, will see the recruitment of 20 community leaders looking for further development.

Alex Steeland, Programme Manager at Power to Change, said:

“We are proud to work with Virgin Money Foundation to deliver this vital programme to community enterprise leaders that dedicate themselves to create positive change in their areas.


“Leading the Way will provide leadership, financial, marketing and governance skills, amongst many more, that will enable the successful applicants to be effective and impactful leaders.”

Nancy Doyle-Hall, Executive Director at Virgin Money Foundation, added:

“Through our work with local community organisations, Virgin Money Foundation understands how vital leadership training is. This is an important investment in the people leading change in local neighbourhoods and we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of community leaders to the programme.”

More information is available online, and there will also be a webinar today, 6 December, to explain eligibility and the application process.