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.

Exploring the Chair’s role in governance with the Charity Commission
Monday 15 May 2017 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm London

We’re delighted to welcome Paula Sussex, Chief Executive and Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission for a session to share learning about the Chair’s role in ensuring good governance.
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 builds on the success of two events held last year with the Charity Commission. It will be an interactive session, built around a case study. There will also be time for questions, discussion and networking.

This event is being held in London, full details will be available shortly. 

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs- though priority for places is given to our members. Please note we intend to repeat this event later in the year- in Bristol and Manchester.

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

Charities, business and foundations - a Chair’s perspective - Amanda Jordan OBE, Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations
Tuesday 16 May 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm London, EC4

This event has been postponed, we apologise for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule for the autumn. 

Amanda Jordan’s career crosses sectors- spanning the voluntary, government and business worlds. She currently chairs the Association of Charitable Foundations and is a trustee at Baring Foundation. Her previous charity roles include being Chair of the National Literacy Trust, a co-founder trustee of Step up to Serve which promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds and Chair at the Internet Watch Foundation (the self regulatory body for internet service providers).

Amanda is also well-known in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. She is a founder Director and now chair of Corporate Citizenship a global sustainability consultancy, and spent 10 years developing and managing an award winning CSR programme for NatWest. She is a member of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board at Nottingham University Business School and formerly served on the CSR Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Recently she has been looking at the role of corporate foundations.

Amanda will be sharing her own experience of chairing and draw on her wider experience to offer insights for Chairs on charity and business collaboration; and understanding the perspective of charitable foundations about the governance and leadership of the organisations they fund.

Join us for dinner to hear Amanda and discuss the issues with your peers. There are a limited number of places and this event is for AoC members and invited guests only. We aim to ensure a mix of members have the opportunity to attend these small events, for this reason we do not operate a first come first served approach to our dinners. Your place is confirmed only if you receive a second email confirming your place.

We are very grateful to CCLA one of the UK’s leading investment managers for charities, religious organisations and the public sector for generously hosting this dinner.

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

Social investment – demystifying the hype
Thursday 18 May 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm London EC1
Trowers and Hamlins, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ

Registration from 5.30pm, networking drinks from 8pm

Are you familiar with the idea of social investment? Have you ever considered it as an option for your charity or social enterprise? Do you understand the potential opportunities and the potential risks?

This event is an opportunity for Chairs and Vice Chairs to learn more about social finance, (ie repayable finance that aims to achieve a social as well as a financial return) and how to assess whether it’s the right option for your charity or social enterprise. We are holding this event with GET INFORMED a campaign supported by a number of organisations including the Association of Chairs and the Charity Commission to help charity trustees and non-executive directors of social enterprises to better understand the opportunities and risks of using social investment.

At the event you will

• Learn about how social investment works, what it can achieve and the types of investment available
• Identify key questions to consider including how to repay the money, whether your governing documents permit social investment, whether your organisation has the appropriate skills
• Understand the investor’s perspective – and what they’ll need to know
• Hear practical insights from other Chairs who are using or are looking at social investment

The panel will be chaired by Sara Llewellin, CEO of Barrow Cadbury Trust, and our speakers will include:
• Geetha Rabindrakumar – Head of Social Sector Engagement, Big Society Capital
• Mark Salway – Director of Social Finance and Social Investment, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School
• Jamie Hartzell- Chair of Divine Chocolate, Founder of Ethex and the Ethical Property Company
• A panel of Chairs currently considering or using social investment including Bev Pass (Women’s Aid) and Mike Parker (Street League)

In addition to hearing from our speakers there will be group discussion and an opportunity to network after.

We are grateful to Trowers and Hamlins for generously hosting this event.

If you want to know more about Social Finance in the meantime visit the Get Informed website or Good Finance where you can find tools and resources.


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

Cities, Charities and Chairing – lessons from the front line in leadership and transformation
Tuesday 13 June 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Hull
Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, Marina Court, Castle Street, Hull, HU1 1TJ

A buffet lunch will be served from 1pm with presentations from 2pm.

Our first event in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, brings together three speakers to share their personal experiences from different sectors in leading change and transformation and the lessons for those who steer their charities in turbulent times:

Can you rebrand a city?

Rosie Millard, a well-known journalist, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator, will talk about her role as Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 which has launched to extensive and favourable coverage for the city.

Rosie is a former BBC Arts Correspondent and former arts editor and theatre critic at the New Statesman. She is a graduate of the University of Hull, London College of Communication and the Courtauld Institute. She has been a Trustee of the Carnegie (UK) Foundation, Home Live Art and Modern Art Oxford.

Having arrived at the University of Hull more than 30 years ago to study for a degree in English and Drama, arts specialist Rosie maintains close links with the city. The first article Rosie wrote for a national newspaper was about the Humber Bridge; she was live on ITV’s breakfast show to support Hull when the City of Culture 2017 announcement was made; and her article in celebration of Hull published in the Daily Telegraph on the same day highlighted the beauty of a city “on the edge of the earth” and on the cusp of cultural, social and economic change.

Do we need to rebrand ‘Charity’?

John Williams, AoC Vice Chair, has a professional background in branding, marketing and reputation management, having advised organisations from Shell and Starbucks to Scope and Barnardo’s on everything from managing crises to changing their identities. He is a founder and former Chair of the corporate communications company Fishburn Hedges. He will address the current level of trust and confidence in charities, the impact of the recent high profile scandals, the gap between public perceptions and the reality of charity today, and offer some practical advice on protecting and strengthening your charity’s reputation and public appeal.
Chairing charities and more: The Importance of being Earnest (with apologies to Oscar Wilde)

Captain Richard Brough OBE is a Master Mariner who has chaired a diverse range of organisations and will speak on “an illustrative romp through the career of a serial Chairman and how to avoid the pitfalls”.

Richard started his career with the Merchant Navy in 1969. His career onshore has covered various managerial positions in port services, and then in 2004 set up his own company, Brough Marine Limited, offering professional advice to companies involved in the Ports & Logistics sector; he then formed UK Port Services Ltd which with new investment became Jenkins Port Services Ltd, employing and providing to many ports around the UK, over 140 professional and skilled staff.

Richard later left to reform Brough Marine and has, since January 2012, been appointed as Technical Advisor to ICHCA International Ltd (The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association) who represent cargo handlers and port operators around the world. ICHCA holds NGO status with various UN Agencies including the International Maritime Organisation in London and the International Labour Office in Geneva, where Richard spends a considerable amount of his time working in Technical Committees and developing International Legislation.

Throughout his professional career, Richard has also been involved at local, regional and national level in a variety of public and private sector organisations and partnerships as member, director, Vice Chair and Chair. He is the immediate past Chair of the National Port Skills and Safety Group and a former Chair of the Learning & Skills Council, Yorkshire and the Humber, and still chairs the Humber LEP’s North Bank Economic Partnership covering Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Scarborough and Ryedale.

He was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2011 for services to Learning and Skills in the Humber Region
This event is open to charity leaders with priority being given to Chairs and Vice Chairs.

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

Beyond compliance: enabling the board to govern more effectively
Tuesday 20 June 2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm London
PwC, 7 More London Riverside, London , SE1 2RT

Registration from 4pm to start at 4.30pm

Legal compliance is one of the Board’s key roles. It needs to assure itself that the charity is operating within the law. But compliance is not enough for good governance.

The Board has a key role to play in setting the long term-direction and values of the charity; in ensuring it has the people and resources to achieve its mission and is fit for the future. It needs to understand the risks that could seriously jeopardise the charity’s success and the opportunities that could transform it. Most crucially it needs to address the key issues facing the charity and make well-founded decisions.
This interactive session will help you explore how you can enable your board to undertake its governance task effectively.

We will cover:
• Focus- how to help your board focus on the issues that really matter
• Relationships-helping the board operate as a team, and work effectively with staff
• Decision-making and delegation

This session will explore further the ideas set out in A Chair’s Compass and will also look at the principles in the latest version of Good Governance- a code for the voluntary and community sector – available here.

There are a limited number of places and this event is for AoC members and invited guests only. We aim to ensure a mix of members have the opportunity to attend these small events, for this reason we do not operate a first come first served approach to our dinners. Your place is confirmed only if you receive a second email confirming your place.


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

New Chairs briefing session
Wednesday 19 July 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Birmingham
Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund St , Birmingham , B3 2ES

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).