An invitation to join the CVSL Leadership Panel

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) at the Open University Business School is starting a new project to better understand the nature of voluntary sector leadership. We are establishing a Leadership Panel to assemble a diverse group of individuals who are willing to take part in leadership research and discussion, over the course of the next three years.

This brief survey is designed to get in touch with the largest possible number of individuals involved in voluntary sector organisations in order to establish the Leadership Panel.

In future we will use further short surveys or other research methods, as well as hosting engagement and discussion through events and webinars. The Panel will be central to our research programme, and we hope that the research, findings and associated activities will be rewarding for members of the Panel.

At this stage we are asking for some basic information about you and your organisation, your views about the context you work in, and some thoughts on leadership challenges. 

Who should complete this Form?

Please only fill out this survey if you represent a voluntary sector organisation. We want to hear from you even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘leader’, as long as you are interested in 'making a difference', or would like to take a leadership role in the future. We are interested in hearing the broadest range of experiences of operating in the sector today.

What will you need to complete it?

This is a simple survey and should take you around five minutes to complete; no additional information is required.

Confidentiality and data sharing

The data you provide us with will be held confidentially by CVSL. We ask for contact details to ensure we have reached a good range of organisations, and so that we can give you advance notice of future surveys and other project developments. All your information will be kept strictly confidential; this means that no organisation will be named or otherwise identified in the reports produced (unless you later indicated otherwise).

Any questions?

To discuss this survey, or the Leadership Panel, please email

If you do not wish to take part in the Panel, but would like to be kept up to date with CVSL's activity, please go to our Contact page:

Question Title

* 1. This invitation is for leaders within voluntary sector organisations only. By ‘leaders’ we don’t just mean Chief Executives, but include those with managerial responsibility, or who may go on to be in a leadership position.