Ros Oakley

By Ros Oakley, Chief Executive of Association of Chairs Coronavirus is a huge challenge for us all and it can feel overwhelming. But if your charity is going through tough times, your leadership can make a big difference. You can bring perspective, calm and reassurance. You can offer support, encouragement and motivation to staff, volunteers…

Read More
Graphic of two jigsaw pieces being joined together

A Vice Chair (also sometimes called Deputy Chair) has no formal governance role or status, and many charities do not have one, either in their governing document or in practice.  Yet it is potentially an invaluable role that can add much to the governance and leadership of a charity. Having a Vice Chair has many…

Read More

Last month ACEVO published ‘Look before you leap’, a guide to help charity leaders make a checklist of questions before starting a new Chief Executive role. Here, the guide’s author Ann Frye writes about why it’s important for Chairs to also be aware of what a prospective candidate will be looking for. It would be…

Read More
Image of a board meeting

Guest post from Julie Williams, Chair of Halsway Manor National Centre for the Folk Arts. I’m Chair of a small charity in Somerset, Halsway Manor National Centre for the Folk Arts. I became involved serendipitously just at the point I was retiring from my work as a senior university lecturer. Like all about-to-be-retired people, I…

Read More
Patti Whaley

A guest post by Patti Whaley, former Chair of ActionAid UK on how the charity implemented feminist leadership principles. In 2016 ActionAid UK began developing its new five-year strategy. Our trustees wanted organisational culture to be a key pillar in this strategy, so we decided to implement Feminist Leadership Principles across the organisation. As an…

Read More

Webinars are a great opportunity to meet other Chairs and pick up some new ideas, without you having to travel or take hours out of your day. At Association of Chairs, we’re responding to the growing demand for webinars by developing a range for Beacon Programme and AoC members. If you’re new to webinars, don’t…

Read More
Beacon workshop

Shining the spotlight on our lovely trainers, Ali and Janine, from The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), we hear what it’s like behind the scenes as they share their experiences of delivering our Beacon webinars and workshops.   Tell us a little bit about yourselves Ali: From a background in marketing, I moved into the…

Read More
May Day event at Halsway Manor House - people dance around the maypole

How do you know that it is time to move on? How do you find someone to take over? Guest post from Julie Williams

Read More