Tuesday 26 November 2019. 11:30 am - 3:30 pm


Are you Chair of a smaller charity? Are you looking to be more effective in your role?  

We know that the role of Chair although rewarding can be lonely. In a smaller organisation, there is often little resource to support the Chair and limited time to reflect on the nature of the role.

Join us at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge for the first workshop in our Beacon Programme.   This workshop will provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you be more effective in your role. The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under 1 million) in mind; such as operating with limited resources and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

Feedback from participant:

‘Really helpful overall, good to give myself the time to think about the issue of being Chair whilst away from the charity. The workshop has given me a number of actions to take forward to develop myself as Chair.’ 

Rachel Lovering, Chair, Adhisthana


By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • be clear about your role and legal responsibilities
  • understand what can help you be effective
  • have practical tools to help you run effective meetings
  • have gained insight and top tips from other Chairs of smaller organisations.


This workshop is being run in partnership with SHARE Museums East. Some places are reserved for Chairs and Vice Chairs of museums in the East of England, who will have opportunity to work together and share insights with Chairs and Vice Chairs from the broader charity sector.

Registration is from 11:15. Lunch will be provided

Attendance at Beacon Programme workshops could count towards your continuing professional development. Let us know if you need evidence of attendance.

Book your place

Please note that if you book for this event we will share your name, organisation and contact details with Share Museums East.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. This free programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million.

Please join the programme so you can make a booking for this event.

We offer a travel bursary to delegates from organisations with an income under £100k when booking at least a month ahead. These bursaries are given on a first come, first served, basis.


11:15 Registration with tea and coffee

11:30 Workshop

12:50 Lunch

13:30 Workshop continues

15:30 Close


CB2 1RB, Cambridge (exact location confirmed on booking)

Tuesday 26 November 2019
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bookings are now closed for this past event