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.


Being an Effective Chair
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list here.
Wednesday 31 October 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Bournemouth
Anglo-Continental, 29-35 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6NA

Learn from other Chairs based in Bournemouth at 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.




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

Join us in Manchester 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).

Ambition vs caution- a Chair’s journey. Members' dinner with Carole Easton
Thursday 8 November 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

Carole Easton recently completed her terms of office as Chair of Young Minds. Over dinner she will share her journey- the ups and downs and what she has learnt. She will offer her insights into a range of challenges which many of us face. Carole has led the board through times of anxiety, a weak financial position, restructuring of staff and governance, changing funding models as well as the highs of coming out the other side, achieving more stable income and healthy reserves.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

Strengthening your Organisation
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list here.
Wednesday 14 November 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

Join us in London for this second Beacon workshop which 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. 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 IN BRIGHTON AND BIRMINGHAM




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

If you are based in the south of England, join us in Brighton for this second Beacon workshop which 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. 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).

Recognising and reporting serious incidents- what you need to know
Tuesday 20 November 2018 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Liverpool
Tilney Liverpool, Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1NY

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity. Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do. We will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common. Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

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 is the Leeds date for the second Beacon workshop which 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. 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
Thursday 29 November 2018 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Birmingham
BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

If you are based in the Midlands, join us in Birmingham 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 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. 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
Wednesday 5 December 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Newcastle
Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

Meet with other Chairs in the north-east, at this Newcastle-based 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).

Strengthening your Organisation
Thursday 24 January 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Birmingham
Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR

Come along to this second Beacon workshop in Birmingham which 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. 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
Wednesday 30 January 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

Join us in London 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).

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 12 February 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Bournemouth
Anglo-Continental, 29-35 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6NA

Meet with other Chairs in the south, at this Bournemouth-based workshop which 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. 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 (£0.00 - £20.00).

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity. Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do. We will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common. Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.



This event is being planned. Bookings are not being taken yet.

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 26 February 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Taunton
Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA

Join us in Taunton for our second Beacon workshop which 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. 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).

Pilot: Managing people and board dynamics
Thursday 7 March 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Leeds
Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

Join us in Leeds for this pilot Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you navigate managing people and board dynamics, and to help you get the best out of your trustees, staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under 1 million) in mind; such as working with a small number of trustees, the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.

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.




Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 12 March 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Newcastle
Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

We look forward to welcoming you to our second Beacon workshop in Newcastle which 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. 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.




Strengthening your Organisation
Thursday 14 March 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Manchester
Methodist Central Buildings, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

Come along to this second Beacon workshop in Manchester which 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. 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.




Pilot: Developing an effective board
Wednesday 27 March 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Birmingham
Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR

Join us in Birmingham for this pilot Beacon workshop. This workshop will help you to support and develop individual trustees and the board as a team. 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.