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Alex Skailes, Director at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School, on mergers

Director at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School, Alex Skailes, on mergers within the charity space

Alex Skailes heads the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School (formerly known as Cass) and, on this episode, we explore the nature and drivers of mergers within the charity and non-profit world; we dive into the opportunities, challenges, incentives and research.

Whether you’re based at a non-profit organisation, a for-profit commercial venture or both (or neither!), this episode will inform you and equip you as you ponder mergers.

About Alex Skailes

Alex is a Director and senior academic at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London where she leads the Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE).


Alex has extensive multi-sector leadership experience, combing a senior career in financial services and the banking industry, with university education and periods of post graduate study. The last decade has been spent working solely with the nonprofit sector – as an educator, adviser, board chair, trustee and finance committee member. In 2022, Alex was elected to the board of the international Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.


Alex’s experience gives her the ability to bridge commercial and nonprofit sectors and academia and practice, to support those seeking to create maximum social value. She has a passion for cross sector working and has teaching and research interests in nonprofit collaboration and mergers. The latter was originally fuelled when chairing the merger of ten charities into one.


Alex is dedicated to supporting the next generation of women leaders. She chairs the board of the Bayes Global Women’s Leadership Programme, is a member of the International Women’s Forum and is a long-term mentor.

Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. She is a Freeman of the City of London. 


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