Spotlight – the annual Bates Wells charity conference

Our annual dedicated charity sector event, Spotlight, brings together representatives from across the sector to discuss big picture questions and topics.

In November 2023 we were joined by a host of leaders and thinkers from across the charity sector and an in-person and on-line audience of over 400 people. On this page you will find resources from the day and more. Spotlight will be back in November 2024, please click here to register your interest in attending.

Spotlight 2023

At this year’s conference, charities from across the UK joined us at the RSA to explore how the current landscape might shape some of the key themes for the sector over the next few years. Watch the panel sessions on demand and check out extra resources below.

Watch again: Accepting and refusing donations

In the social media era of constant scrutiny, charities have arguably never had to be so aware of reputational issues. But charities are also dealing with depleted reserves, decreased donations, and often increased demand from beneficiaries. This debate focused on the thorny issues of accepting and refusing donations.

Our panellists included Jenny Waldman (Director, Art Fund), Amy Cody (Director of Development, Shakespeare’s Globe), Alexandra Johnstone (Legal Director, United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF) and Camilla Fitzgerald (Philanthropy Manager, ClientEarth).

Watch again: The charity workplace in 2024: tackling the key issues

Following the biggest shift in workplace culture in a generation, charities are now grappling with a fresh range of HR challenges, from promoting inclusivity, balancing competing needs and interests, to dealing with unions and a workforce that is struggling with the cost of living crisis. The Bates Wells Employment team discussed the hot button issues and how best to tackle them.

Watch again: What does the non-profit sector want and need from the next five years?

After a tumultuous three years of unprecedented challenges and with the 2024 general election on the horizon, we were joined by charity sector leaders to consider what the next five years should look like, what is at stake from a policy perspective, and what urgent changes need to be ushered in.

Our panellists included Dame Caroline Mason (Chief Executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation), Matt Whittaker (Chief Executive, Pro Bono Economics), Dr. Ruth Valerio (Global Advocacy and Influencing Director, Tearfund) and Molly Carew-Jones (Senior Associate, Bates Wells).

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