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.


Chair's Challenge Series: Navigating risk
Wednesday 16 May 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm London
Zurich Insurance, 70 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7NQ

This briefing and event explore how the Chair can help the board to understand and focus on the strategic risks it faces, agree its approach to managing these risks; put in place systems that give it assurance that risk is being appropriately managed, and is ready if despite your best endeavours something does go wrong.


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

Being an Effective Chair
This event is now fully booked. You can add your name to the waiting list here.
Tuesday 29 May 2018 9:15 am - 2:00 pm London
RSM, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB

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 is a free pilot workshop being run as part of the Association of Chairs’ Small Charities Programme. The programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million.




Strengthening Your Organisation
This event is now fully booked. You can add your name to the waiting list here.
Thursday 31 May 2018 2:00 pm - 6:15 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

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 actually carrying it out.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This is a free pilot workshop being run as part of the Association of Chairs’ Small Charities Programme. The programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities in England with with an annual income of under £1 million.




Financial Sustainability – More Than a Long Term Aspiration?
Wednesday 13 June 2018 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

This session aims to inform your thinking and the approach your board might take to ensuring the organisation can survive and thrive. We will unpack and examine the key elements of financial sustainability and explore how organisations can manage when resources are scarce.


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

Serious incidents- how to recognise and survive them.
Wednesday 27 June 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm London
RSM, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB

Charities are increasingly in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Even in well-run charities things can and do go wrong, sometimes badly so. If they do, there are steps you are expected to take. This joint event with the Charity Commission focuses on what the Chair needs to know about handling serious incidents, including recognising and reporting them. Our discussion will focus on a case study. Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy will guide us through the issues, and there will be opportunities to discuss the matters raised with a range of Charity Commission staff.

This event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs although priority for places is given to our members. Non member places will be available from 1st May 2018.


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

Chair's Challenge Series: Successfully Appraising Your CEO
Thursday 5 July 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
tbc – central London

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.




New Chairs' Briefing Session
Monday 16 July 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Leeds
Tilney Leeds, 3rd Floor, City Point, 29 King St , Leeds , LS1 2HL

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.




Beyond Compliance: Enabling Effective Financial Oversight by Boards
Mid-September
tbc – central London, (Address to be confirmed), London,

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.



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

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.




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.