Simplexity contribute to The Cranfield Trust’s ‘Agenda 2020’ roundtable discussion on Skills

  • What skills will voluntary organisations need to sustain themselves and their services over the next five years? and
  • What are the most effective ways for them to build these skills in their organisation as a whole?

The Skills discussion was chaired by Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society.

Other guests discussed


  • What does the future hold for voluntary organisations’ different income streams: charitable donations, grants, public sector service delivery and commercial trading?
  • Is there a case for separating organisations providing statutory services from those which are ‘purely charitable’?
  • How should philanthropy be targeted: should it support the weak or sustain the strong?


  • How can we ensure that the growing interest in professional skills volunteering provides maximum value for charities and the people they support?
  • What kinds of volunteering can we offer to help charities develop vital skills in ways that provides real value, while fitting in with the demands and interests of a young and busy/older and available volunteer population?

The discussions were held in the presence of the Trust’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and thanks to the kind sponsorship of Aviva plc.