Become a Cascading Leadership partner

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Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and care organisations of any size in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support.

This page provides information on the role of a Cascading Leadership partner, and how to apply. If you have any questions please email 

    Could this be for you?

    If you have leadership responsibility for a service that supports the health and wellbeing of your community, but would value some support, this could be for you. 

    You might: 

    • have identified an emerging or growing need in your community and be starting to develop new work or pioneer new ways of thinking
    • be leading an established organisation but are new in role or just feeling stuck or unsupported 
    • be struggling to address the gap between how you want to work with your team, volunteers, trustees or funders and how things are in reality
    • want to talk confidentially about your experience of developing or leading an organisation, working with another leader who can listen and help you think, unblock issues and plan.   

    How will you benefit?

    An external evaluation of the pilot programme in 2016 reported: 

    Without exception, they [30 charity participants] view Cascading Leadership as a success in terms of the benefits they have gained both individually and organisationally.

    The programme has since been rolled out across the UK, with two cohorts completing it in 2017. A further evaluation reported significant benefits for partners, including: more strategic thinking and better decision-making; tackling challenging issues more effectively; and reduced isolation. 

    Cascading Leadership has been transformative for many of the partners who feel better equipped to lead their organisations effectively and strategically.
    External evaluation, May 2018
    I had been blocked, but with the time to reflect and my consultant’s support I was able to deal with the Board far more strategically. I now have a better relationship with them and a strategy in place. I’ve also been able to work on making better partnerships with the local sector.
    Partner, May 2018

    What will you do? 

    If you are selected as a Cascading Leadership partner, you will attend an introductory day at The King’s Fund with the other 15 partners in your group. You will be able to learn more about the programme and about the skills you will need to take up the partner role and to maximise your learning, and you will hear from previous participants. You will be matched with a consultant, who will meet you at least five times over an eight-month period. Consultants and partners will be matched based on interests, skills and previous experience, organisational challenges, geography and competition, excluding possible conflicts of interest.

    2019 programme dates 

    The course will run twice in 2019. You can apply for one or both courses, depending on your availability. We will normally have a maximum of one participant from any organisation on each programme.

    Course 1 

    Learning event at The King’s Fund on 29 January
    Initial meeting with consultant and a minimum of five consulting sessions 

    Course 2 

    Learning event at The King’s Fund on 12 March 
    Initial meeting with consultant and a minimum of five consulting sessions 

    The consultant/partner meeting dates and locations will be agreed by the two participants.  

    How much will this cost? 

    There is no charge to take part in this programme, which is being funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. A partner’s place is valued at £1,600, based on training that you will receive from The King’s Fund, plus other benefits such as travel and accommodation. This does not include the monetary value of the meetings with your consultant.  

    How to apply 

    If you would like to apply to become a partner, please complete the online application form and submit it by 30 November 2018. You can save your application and come back to it later.

    We will want to know about your role, the organisation you work for and why you are applying. Try to be as open as you can about: why now, why consultancy, what you want to learn, and how you can apply any learning back in your organisation.

    We will let all applicants know about the decision by mid-December.

    There is often high demand for places. If you are offered a place, we will expect you to commit to taking part in the whole programme. We will ask you to complete an agreement to confirm this commitment that will need to be signed by a trustee or board director of your organisation.