Future events

We run a range of events for Chairs and Vice Chairs – including briefings, talks by guest speakers, panel discussions and our member only supper clubs. Our events provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the role of chairing, stay up to date with the latest practice and trends in the sector as well as giving you a chance to meet and network with other Chairs.


New Chairs briefing session
This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email us at events@associationofchairs.org.uk
Tuesday 19 September 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm London
CAF (Charities Aid Foundation), 10 St. Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

This workshop is aimed at Chairs who are new in post or about to take up the post.
The focus is on the role in practice, for example looking at preparing and chairing board meetings, working with your CEO/lead officer, as well as building a collaborative and effective governing body.
The session will also explore the leadership skills and knowledge that will make you the most effective Chair you can become – and the support that you might need.
The emphasis will be on the strengths you bring, as well as the ‘gaps’ you want to fill. And we will offer some tips that might be useful in your particular setting.
The event is free to members who also have priority booking. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of £40.



Safeguarding- what Chairs need to know and do
This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email us at events@associationofchairs.org.uk
Tuesday 26 September 2017 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm London
RSM, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB

It is every Trustee’s worst nightmare. A safeguarding failure. Charity trustees are responsible for ensuring that those benefiting from, or working with, their charity, are not harmed in any way through contact with it. The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults should be at the very heart of any charity’s governance, whoever their beneficiaries are […]


Exploring the Chair’s role in governance with the Charity Commission
Wednesday 4 October 2017 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tilney, Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1NY

Following previous successful events in Bristol, Birmingham and London we’re bringing this joint event with the Charity Commission to Liverpool to share learning about the Chair’s role in ensuring good governance.
We will hear from David Holdsworth, Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission, and from Association of Chairs Executive Director, Ros Oakley.
The session will be an opportunity for Chairs to gain insight into governance opportunities and risks; to discuss chairing challenges with the Charity Commission and to learn from one another.

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs, though priority for places is given to our members.
Spaces are still available for this free event (£0.00).

New Chairs briefing session
Tuesday 24 October 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Leeds
Wrigleys Solicitors, 19 Cookridge Street , Leeds , LS2 3AG

This workshop is aimed at Chairs who are new in post or about to take up the post.
The focus is on the role in practice, for example looking at preparing and chairing board meetings, working with your CEO/lead officer, as well as building a collaborative and effective governing body.
The session will also explore the leadership skills and knowledge that will make you the most effective Chair you can become – and the support that you might need.
The emphasis will be on the strengths you bring, as well as the ‘gaps’ you want to fill. And we will offer some tips that might be useful in your particular setting.
The event is free to members who also have priority booking. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of £40.


Spaces are still available for this event (£0.00 - £40.00).

Accountability- an exploration. Members’ speaker supper with Karen Brown, Oxfam GB
Tuesday 7 November 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - (Drinks from 6.30pm to be seated at 6.55pm for dinner)
London (EC4) - by invitation only

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Karen Brown, whose term of office as Chair at Oxfam GB and trustee at Oxfam International is just coming to an end. Karen will be sharing her insights from her varied experience as a Chair, with a particular focus on accountability. International charities have often led the way in discussion and practice. Oxfam International for example is a founding organisation of the INGO Accountability Charter.

AoC members and invited guests only.

Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO
This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email us at events@associationofchairs.org.uk
Wednesday 22 November 2017 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Schroders, 31 Gresham Street, London, EC2B 7QA

When the relationship between Chair and Chief Executive is strong – they are a ‘dynamic duo’ – both adding value to the organisation. When the relationship is in trouble the organisation suffers. This event explores how to balance the roles and how to bring out the best in each other by looking at the CEO/Chair relationship from both perspectives. It is an opportunity for you to hear from and share ideas with your peers. Topics that will be covered include: what does the relationship look like when it works well, practical realities and experiences from Chairs and CEOs, and how to establish and develop a supportive culture and deal with conflict.