Webinar: How to kickstart a culture of innovation


The turbulence of the last few years is far from over. To thrive, organisations must continually adapt, meaning innovation is more important than ever before. 

We’re here to build innovative organisations. Why? Because it’s the only way for teams and organisations to be ready for a fast-changing future. Ready to adapt. Ready to deal with complexity and ambiguity.

And ready to embrace opportunity.

Join us at 2pm on Thursday 6th October, to learn our 5 Bold Moves for making real and rapid progress, and hear from Claire Rowney, Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Innovation at Macmillan Cancer Support on how they’re using our 5 Bold Moves to kickstart a culture of innovation in their organisation.  

Make progress on innovation

The pandemic delivered a seismic shock to most organisations. Charities in particular suffered a triple whammy of increased demand for their services, interruptions to their delivery channels and huge disruption to regular fundraising routes.

For Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the UK’s most high profile and respected charities, it was no exception. They have set themselves the challenge of reinventing how they work to ensure they deliver for people affected by cancer, and their teams, supporters and sponsors. Both now, and into the increasingly uncertain future.

And we’re helping them do it.

“Thank you for the brilliant session you ran with our Exec team, and the follow-up session with leadership last week. It has given us so much food for thought… it will set us on the path to becoming the Macmillan we all want to be – one that is bold, ambitious, innovative and not afraid of failure!”

Lynda Thomas CBE, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support

5 Bold Moves

The world is full of change, and that’s not going to change. In fact it will only accelerate. 

Navigating through all this change can be hard. But it is full of fresh opportunities.

And the key to thriving in these complex and ambiguous times, for seeing and grabbing the opportunities and delivering real commercial growth, is developing the systems and mindsets for innovation to flow.  That allow you, your teams, and your organisation to be resilient, flexible and nimble and ready for the future.

We’ve got 5 Bold Moves you can make towards being a more agile and adaptable organisation. They’re the key to making real and rapid progress towards becoming a more innovative organisation, where your teams build their capabilities and embed the principles of innovation into your culture.

Join us at 2pm GMT, on Thursday 6th October to learn what they are, and how you can start using them with your teams now, today.

Claire Rowney, Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Innovation

Our speakers

Claire Rowney, Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Innovation

Claire Rowney is Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Innovation at Macmillan Cancer Support. Previously she has held leaderships roles in Fundraising and Marketing at Save the Children UK and Cancer Research UK.  Claire has led diverse portfolios including Race for Life and Stand Up To Cancer, marketing transformations, innovation and corporate partnerships.  

At Macmillan, Claire’s strategy is to focus on building relevance with supporters, partners and people with cancer to ensure they understand the work the organisation does. By building long-term relationships with supporters and partners, they can ensure everyone gets the support they need, at the right time, and in the right way.

Claire is a born and bred Londoner, mum to two and is married to a physics teacher. She enjoys keeping fit, live music, roller coasters and cooking. Claire plays the harp and loves to travel.

Emily Dent, Partner and Coaching Director, &us

Emily Dent, Partner and Coaching Director, &us

Emily Dent is Partner and Director of Transformation at &us. She leads global client organisations and teams through the thinking and practices to become more innovative. Having spent her early career as a journalist, and as head of content and community at award-winning independent creative agency St. Luke’s. She’s since led market-defining start-ups, worked on the Olympics in 2012, and for the last 10 years has worked at a senior level in innovation consultancies.

She is passionate about changing the world for the better, by working with organisations and individuals to think about what the future might hold.

The principles of playfulness, iteration and collaboration underpin how she likes to get things done, and she’s just as motivated by finding an elegant answer as by the development journey people go on.

Investing in your innovation capabilities is possibly the single most important thing organisations need to do to not only see, but also grab the opportunities our changed and changing world brings.

Kickstart your innovation journey with our 5 Bold Moves.

2pm GMT, Thursday 6th October 2022