SWDDF is run by and for charity leaders in the south west.

We provide topical forum meetings, professional development, peer support and coaching to charity leaders. 


Our purpose

We deliver high-level, accessible, affordable, professsional development so charities across the South West flourish. 

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SWDDF provides an excellent forum for learning, sharing and getting to know others in similar roles. I have found it to be a very useful network for my own learning and that of my team.
— Kate Few-Singh, Director of Income Generation, Hospicecare, Exeter


  • SWDDF began in 2007 with 4 charity Directors in Bristol. It quickly expanded as word spread. Now over 250 charities spanning the South West region belong to this FREE voluntary network.

  • It is free for any local charity to join - contact nancy@nancychambers.org.uk. Details are private and never shared.

  • Meetings are held 3 or 4 times per year on topics suggested by members, with exceptional guest speakers.

  • We publicise members’ events and job vacancies FREE OF CHARGE through the monthly e-newsletter.

  • Charities send a representative with strategic and budgetary responsibility to meetings. This ensures our forums are high-level, strategic and everyone has the chance to get to know their peers.

  • SWDDF also runs seminars, training events and peer learning groups. To find out more, please contact us to receive the monthly newsletter.

  • One-to-one executive coaching is a new service for 2019/20.

  • SWDDF Leadership Development Programme was commissioned by and for local charity leaders to meet their needs and budgets and is now in its fourth year.

  • The Leadership Programme includes expert-led sessions, action learning plus one-to-one coaching. More than 45 charity CEOs and senior leaders have participated in SWDDF’s Leadership Development Programme since 2016.

  • If you would like to find out about joining the next cohort on the Leadership Development Programme starting October 2019, please click 'Take Action' above to apply online.

  • The programme costs £1,250 with attendance 1 day/ month Oct - Jul plus coaching and extension learning activities.