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. You can add your name to the waiting list here.

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.



The Chair's Challenge series: Making board committees work
Tuesday 31 October 2017 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm London
Schroders, 31 Gresham Street, London, EC2B 7QA

We are pleased to launch the Chair’s Challenge series with an new briefing and event sponsored by Cazenove Capital looking at the Chair’s role with regard to Board committees. Join us for the launch of the briefing and for a chance to meet other Chairs and explore the topic.


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

Accountability- an exploration. Members’ speaker supper with Karen Brown, Chair, Oxfam GB

This event is now fully booked. You can add your name to the waiting list here.

Tuesday 7 November 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - (Drinks from 6.30pm to be seated at 6.55pm for dinner)
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

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.

The effective Chair/CEO Relationship
Friday 17 November 2017 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Networking lunch from 12.30pm
Blake Morgan LLP, One Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS

We are pleased to be working in partnership with WCVA and ACEVO to offer an event aimed specifically at Chairs of trustee boards and Chief Officers of third sector organisations in Wales. The event is being kindly supported by Blake Morgan LLP The relationship between the Chair and the CEO is critical to the good […]


Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO

This event is now fully booked. You can add your name to the waiting list here.

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.



GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation): what do Chairs need to know?
Monday 27 November 2017 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm London
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road , London , NW1 2BJ

Our guest speaker Gary Shipsey, Managing Director of Protecture, has extensive practical experience of turning information law into practice. He is co-author of the Fundraising Regulator’s guidance “Personal Information and Fundraising: Consent, Purpose and Transparency” and Chair of the IRMS Third Sector Group. The most significant change in data protection law is now less than […]
Spaces are still available for this free event (£0.00).


New Chairs briefing session

This event is now fully booked. You can add your name to the waiting list here.

Thursday 30 November 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.



Reimagining Governance – help to shape our conversation on the future of civil society.
Thursday 7 December 2017 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Birmingham
Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund St , Birmingham , B3 2ES

Registration from 2pm with a prompt start at 2.30pm Do you have a vision for what civil society should look like 10 years from now? What can we do to release the potential of volunteers and wider civil society to drive even more positive change? What is the particular role of leadership and governance? These […]
Spaces are still available for this free event (£0.00).