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Ceannairí Nua: investing in New Leaders

The Ceannairí Nua New Leaders programme is a community development initiative by Irish in Britain, it is provided free as part of Irish in Britain’s investment in the future of our community’s organisations. It is a tailored course providing essential skills, tools and information for those considering trustee and governance roles; and who have the passion and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of Irish people in Britain. 

It is a pathway for those interested in driving change, innovation and sustainability in our rich and diverse network. 

Seminars, in person and virtual, run every month over the course of ten months and participants learn about the roles, responsibilities, and value of effective voluntary sector stewardship including:

  • An introduction to the history of the sector  

  • A range of speakers in specialist and related fields 

  • Interactive learning on governance of voluntary and community sector organisations

  • Tailored networking to understand the operational and strategic needs of the sector 

  • The opportunity to explore and model governance solutions through group learning

  • Brokered introductions and placement opportunities with member organisations on completion

Criteria for selection to take part in the programme include:

  • The ability to commit to the programme 

  • An interest in strengthening the voluntary/community sector

  • An interest in promotion of Irish culture and welfare in Britain

  • A commitment to volunteering for governance roles

Brian Dalton, CEO of Irish in Britain said:

“We are delighted to play our part in developing and investing in the Trustees of tomorrow. We recognise that there is a strong desire to get involved and to build successful and effective organisations. 

“We know from our work nationally that there is a rich diversity of talent and experience in our community, and we welcome applications from all who want to make a difference at an important time for us.

“This is an invitation to develop your skills and to be part of a network that has kept communities healthy and connected during the most difficult of times. We look forward to working together with you."


2024 Programme

Applications for our 2024 Ceannairí Nua New Leader’s programme, in partnership with Diane West, are now open! This year’s course will commence in early April and will run for ten consecutive months. Participants of the programme will meet monthly for a combination of in person and virtual seminars, wrapped up with a showcase and presentation event for graduates.   

Find out more about how to apply HERE

Read about past programmes:

Any queries please email Aisling communititydevelopment@irishinbritain.org