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.


Beyond Compliance: Enabling Effective Financial Oversight by Boards
Tuesday 11 September 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

Registration from 4.30pm.

This interactive session for Chairs will help you explore how you can enable your board to undertake this governance task effectively.

Financial oversight is one of the Board’s key roles and Boards need to get assurance that the charity is operating within the rules.  But just complying is not enough for good governance.

Chairs need to work on helping the Board to address the key financial challenges facing the charity, as a basis for making well-founded decisions. Keeping discussions strategic, you need to know that someone is attending to the detail.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

Being an Effective Chair
Monday 17 September 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Leeds
Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

New Chairs' Briefing Session
Tuesday 18 September 2018 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 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).

Being an Effective Chair
Friday 21 September 2018 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Brighton
Brighthelm, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Being an Effective Chair
Monday 24 September 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Birmingham
BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

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 26 September 2018 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Ruffer, 80 Victoria St, London, SW1E 5JL

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.




Being an Effective Chair
This event is now fully booked. You can add your name to the waiting list here.
Wednesday 3 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.




Chair's Challenge Series: Successfully Appraising Your CEO
Tuesday 9 October 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Odgers Berndtson, 20 Cannon Street , London, EC4M 6XD

Successfully appraising your CEO
Getting the best from your Chief Executive is a key responsibility for Chairs.
This briefing and event explore the role of appraisal in doing so.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 11 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Taunton
Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

New Chairs' Briefing Session
Monday 15 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Manchester
Tilney Manchester, 3rd Floor, Vantage point, Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3HF

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.




Being an Effective Chair
Tuesday 16 October 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Middlesbrough
St Mary’s Centre, 82-90 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Being an Effective Chair
Wednesday 31 October 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Bournemouth
Anglo-Continental, 29-35 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6NA

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 8 November 2018 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Manchester
Methodist Central Buildings, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Strengthening your Organisation
Wednesday 14 November 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

This workshop aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed.  This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens.  It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out.  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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO
Thursday 15 November 2018 10:30 am - 4:00 pm Leeds
Well Met Conferencing, Well Met, Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA

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.

BOOK HERE via the ACEVO website




Strengthening your Organisation
Thursday 15 November 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Brighton
Brighthelm, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

This workshop aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed.  This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens.  It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out.  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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 27 November 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Leeds
Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

This workshop aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed.  This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens.  It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out.  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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 29 November 2018 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Birmingham
BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

This workshop 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 being run in partnership with the Association of Independent Museums. Some places are reserved for Chairs and Vice Chairs of heritage charities, who will have opportunity to work together and share insights with Chairs and Vice Chairs from the broader charity sector. When booking, please ensure that you choose the relevant ticket type.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 4 December 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Middlesbrough
St Mary’s Centre, 82-90 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW

This workshop aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed.  This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens.  It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out.  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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.




Being an Effective Chair
Wednesday 5 December 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Newcastle
Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

This workshop 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. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


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