We run a range of events for Chairs and Vice Chairs - including briefings, workshops, 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. Add your name to the waiting list.
Wednesday 4 September 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EC4A, London (exact location confirmed on booking)

This event is now fully booked. Places are still available in Bristol in November.

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 event is free to members who also have priority booking. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of £40.




Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics: recruiting and working one-to-one with trustees and senior staff
Wednesday 11 September 2019 1:45 pm - 5:30 pm
B5, Birmingham, (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Birmingham for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers.  It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Haven’t had time to attend one of our workshops?  Would like a refresher?  This webinar covers the core content covered in the Beacon Programme’s ‘Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics’ workshop.

The webinar aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This webinars is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO
Wednesday 18 September 2019 10:30 am - 4:00 pm M1, Manchester

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.




Developing an Effective Board Team - Pilot Live Webinar
Thursday 19 September 2019 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Webinar

Haven’t had time to attend one of our workshops?  Would like a refresher?  This pilot webinar covers the core content covered in the Beacon Programme’s ‘Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics’ workshop.

The pilot webinar aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This pilot webinars is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Working with your team (modules 3 + 4 combined)
Tuesday 24 September 2019 9:30 am - 5:15 pm
PL30, Bodmin (exact location confirmed on booking)

Please join us at this workshop in Bodmin for a day looking at building and managing relationships with trustees and staff / volunteers and how to develop an effective board. Lunch will be provided giving more time to meet with fellow Chairs and Vice Chairs.

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

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£30.00).

Working with your trustees
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list.
Tuesday 24 September 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
EC4V, London (exact location confirmed on booking)

As Chair a key part of your role is to find good trustees, draw out the best in them, negotiate interpersonal tensions or conflicts, and get them working together as a team. And sometimes you need to move them on.

Join us on 24 September for the launch of the full Working with trustees series and to get your own print copies.The launch includes a reception with drinks and canapes when you will also have the opportunity to network with your fellow Chairs.

This will be the first event to welcome our new Chair, Danny Curtin and to thank our outgoing Chair and co-founder Ruth Lesirge who becomes Association of Chair’s honorary President.




Developing an Effective Board Team
Thursday 26 September 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm
BN1, Brighton (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Brighton for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop the board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  This workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Financial Sustainability – More Than a Long-Term Aspiration?
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list.
Wednesday 2 October 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
EC1Y, London, (exact location confirmed on booking)

As Chair, you are responsible for helping your board to understand the issues and to make well-grounded decisions about the charity’s finances. We all want to maximise outcomes for beneficiaries, but we also have to look to the future and attend to the long-term sustainability and financial health of the organisation. The session is tailored to the role and needs of Chairs and will include some practical tips and tools.




Haven’t had time to attend one of our workshops?  Would like a refresher?  This webinar covers the core content covered in the Beacon Programme’s ‘Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics’ workshop.

The webinar aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This webinars is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Developing an Effective Board Team
Thursday 10 October 2019 9:30 am - 1:15 pm
BH2 , Bournemouth (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Bournemouth for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop the board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  This workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Developing an Effective Board Team
Thursday 17 October 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm
M12, Manchester (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Manchester for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop the board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  This workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Developing an Effective Board Team
Wednesday 23 October 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm
LS10, Leeds (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Leeds for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop the board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  This workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Developing an Effective Board Team- Live Webinar
Wednesday 6 November 2019 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Webinar

Haven’t had time to attend one of our workshops?  Would like a refresher?  This webinar covers the core content covered in the Beacon Programme’s ‘Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics’ workshop.

The webinar aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This webinars is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Members’ dinner with Patti Whaley: Feminist principles in governance – ActionAid UK’s journey
Wednesday 6 November 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Bookings will open on 2 October
EC4V, London (exact location confirmed on booking)

Three years ago, Action Aid UK took the decision that its governance and operations should be guided by ‘feminist principles’. Core to their thinking was acknowledgement of the inherent imbalance in the power relationship with the people and countries with whom they work, and a desire to draw on the ideas and skills of as many people as possible and  to work in cooperation rather than competition, with less focus on the leadership of one or a few individuals.

At this members’ dinner, former Chair of Action Aid Patti Whaley will explain why a feminist governance model was adopted, what it is and how it has evolved. This will include sharing the 10 guiding principles that now shape their work at every level. She’ll share what it means in practice for board conduct; what has worked well and what the challenges have been.




Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO
Thursday 7 November 2019 10:30 am - 4:00 pm N1, London

This event is now fully booked. Places are still available in Manchester in September.

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.




New Chairs’ Briefing Session
Tuesday 12 November 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
BS1, Bristol (exact location confirmed on booking)

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 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).

Developing an Effective Board Team
Wednesday 20 November 2019 9:30 am - 1:15 pm
EC4A, London, (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in London for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop the board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  This workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Being an Effective Chair
Tuesday 26 November 2019 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
CB2, Cambridge (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Cambridge for this first Beacon workshop which aims to 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.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Developing an Effective Board Team
Thursday 28 November 2019 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
NE1, Newcastle upon Tyne, (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Newcastle for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop the board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  This workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind (with an annual income of under £1 million); such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

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