Chief officer and senior manager support

NAVCA's BELVI report (2007) found that respondents tended to identify the calibre, character and approach of chief officers as the most important feature in the emergence, development and success or otherwise of local support and development organisations.

NAVCA is committed to supporting chief officers and other senior managers to excel in their leadership and management of local infrastructure organisations.

Learning and development events

We offer several learning and development events throughout the year:

  • New chief officer induction. Three times a year we organise an induction, learning and networking event for new chief officers, new senior managers, and senior staff of new NAVCA member organisations. The last event took place on 2 November 2010 in Bournemouth.
  • Chief Officers Residential Event (CORE). CORE brings senior leaders of local support and development organisations together to network, share ideas and experiences and to think about new ways of being effective in their roles. CORE focuses on personal and professional development and issues affecting local support and development organisations. Our next CORE is being held on 16 and 17 June in Nottingham.


NAVCA hosts an active e-network for chief officers of local support and development organisations, called COIN (Chief Officers' Information Network). Visit our networks page to find out more and to join COIN.

navcaboodle is our growing professional and social networking website for third sector colleagues to discuss and share experiences. Navcaboodle has a group for chief officers only, similar to COIN, as well as many other discussion groups in various topics relevant to local support and development organisations.

Other support

Chief officers should receive regular supervision and support from their chairs or other trustees. If you would like NAVCA to write to your chair explaining the importance of regular supervision and support for chief officers please send a message to Kevin Curley.

The National Support Service workstream on Leadership and Governance also offers opportunities and support to local support and development organisation leaders. Visit the Improving Support website to find out more.

See also NAVCA's pages on chairs and trustee support, and on organisational development support.


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