Why join?

Join our network of over 600 Chairs, Vice Chairs and former Chairs representing large and small charities and non-profits in England and Wales.

Membership gives practical knowledge, skills and support to enable Chairs to perform their roles to the highest standards of good governance. Many Chairs say that they also join in order to share their own knowledge with others and to contribute to the Association as the recognised voice of Chairs within the sector.

Group at a AoC / Charity Commission event in 2018

Become a member of the Association of Chairs so you can enjoy these benefits:

Meet and learn from other Chairs

Our unique peer network brings a range of opportunities for anyone in a chairing role to come together to share experiences and learn.

Our programme of Chair-focused events includes small networking dinners, workshops and briefings in locations across England. Members get priority booking on all events.

New Chairs can attend a New Chairs Briefing session for free (usually £40), recommended by 99% of previous attendees, and get a discount on Dynamic Duo workshops.

Live interactive webinars (launching in 2019) include chat functions for group discussions and questions. Meet and learn from other Chairs without travelling.

Access practical resources

As a new member you’ll receive a free print copy of A Chair’s Compass (usually priced at £25). It focuses entirely on the Chair’s perspective and the particular challenges and opportunities of the role.

Members paying the higher membership fee will also receive a print copy of A Question of Balance which looks at how to forge a successful relationship with your Chief Executive.

All members gain access to resources written specifically for Chairs in our members only area. In 2019 we will be adding resources on finance, appraisals and sharing new video content.

Keep up-to-date

Our monthly e-newsletter is packed with relevant news and practical resources to help you lead your board to govern effectively. We'll keep you up-to-date with sector news and best practice.

What our members say

"Chairing is a tough job and I wanted to be the best Chair I could be. For me, that meant finding other Chairs and talking honestly and openly with them about the role. AoC has helped me to do that." Angela Style, Chair Endometriosis UK.

Read more about what our members say.

The role of AoC

We champion your role as a Chair of a charity or non-profit organisation. We highlight the importance of the role of Chairs to key decision makers for example by responding to policy initiatives and consultations.

We are continually developing our offer to make sure we are supporting members in the best way. We welcome feedback and are keen to develop our services in response.

Join today

We look forward to welcoming you to the Association of Chairs membership. Annual membership costs just £50 or £100 depending on your organisation’s income.

Find out more and join us today.