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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.


Developing an Effective Board Team
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list.
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.




Building the Board You Want - Pilot Live Webinar
Monday 28 October 2019 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Webinar

This pilot webinar is now fully booked. Places are still available at our Dynamic and Productive Meetings Pilot Live Webinar on 19 November

Chairs have a key role in recruiting and developing a strong board and bringing out the best in trustees, starting from the beginning of the trustee cycle at recruitment and continuing to departure.  Without encouragement or guidance, trustees can feel undervalued and frustrated or that they are wasting their time.  This pilot webinar will provide practical tools and insights for building the board you want and need




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
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list.
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

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
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list.
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.




Chair to Chair in Newcastle - How do I ensure my trustees are effective?
Thursday 14 November 2019 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
NE1, Newcastle Upon Tyne, (exact location confirmed on booking)

Are you chairing a charity?  Ever wish you could talk to another Chair and or Vice Chair who faces similar challenges and opportunities? Someone who understands the issues, and can share experiences of what did (and didn’t work), or who you can test ideas with? If so, do come along and share your questions and answers with other Chairs.


Spaces are still available for this event (£5.00).

Dynamic and Productive Meetings - Pilot Live Webinar
Tuesday 19 November 2019 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Webinar

We’ve all had the experience of leaving a poorly run meeting with the feeling that it’s not been a valuable use of people’s time and energy.  Well planned and chaired meetings on the other hand can leave participants feeling inspired, energised and with the feeling of having accomplished something useful.  This webinar will give you the tools for dynamic and productive board meetings.




Developing an Effective Board Team
This event is now fully booked. Add your name to the waiting list.
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.




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).

Developing an Effective Board Team
Tuesday 3 December 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 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 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).

Implementing the Charity Governance Code
Tuesday 3 December 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
EC4A, London (exact location confirmed on booking)

An increasing number of charities have committed to continuously improving their governance by following the good practice set out in the Charity Governance Code.  If you are implementing the code or intend to do so, join us to gain insights into the impact the Code is having and to share learning about implementing it. Association of Chairs is partnering with RSM and Thomson Snell and Passmore to explore how charities are implementing the code and what Chairs can do to make progress against the 7 principles of good governance.


Spaces are still available for this event (£0.00 - £40.00).

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.




Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 13 February 2020 9:30 am - 1:15 pm
PE1, Peterborough (exact location confirmed on booking)

Join us in Peterborough 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).

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