New dates added for further Chair’s Challenge launches
You can book now for our next event in our Chair’s Challenge series where we publish a new briefing on a particularly tricky topic and hold a launch event with the authors and an expert panel. Avoiding legal pitfalls is launched on Wednesday 21 March, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at Regent’s University London. More…
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Association of Chairs welcomes Taken on trust research reports and urges words are matched by actions and investment
AoC welcomes the new Taken on Trust research reports. It’s critical we understand trustees and Chairs if we are to support them effectively and we welcome the recommendation that this becomes an ongoing programme so we can track progress and trends. The report contains some important recommendations to improve support for trustees and Chairs which…
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Thanks to our new funding we are recruiting
We are looking for a Programme Manager to lead our work with small charities. It’s a fantastic opportunity for an experienced project manager with a strong track record of delivery on time and on budget. We’re also looking for a Marketing and Partnerships manager. We seek an experienced marketing professional with excellent communication skills who…
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Big Lottery Fund awards the Association a major three-year grant
Big Lottery Fund awards the Association a major three-year grant
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A new briefing for members on fundraising regulation and data protection
A new briefing for members on fundraising regulation and data protection
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Summary of remarks by Andrew Purkis
Summary of remarks by Andrew Purkis
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New locations in Leeds and Birmingham for our popular New Chairs’ briefing
After several sell-out sessions in London, we are delighted to have secured dates for our first half-day briefings in Leeds on April 5th and Birmingham on July 19th. Bookings for Leeds are now open on our Future Events page: click here.
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Focus on employment law at our first event in Liverpool for North West Chairs
Solicitors Weightmans LLP hosted us and provided an insightful, practical and engaging briefing on current issues in employment law focusing on dismissal and discrimination, covering aspects from protected characteristics in discrimination law to when you can safely say ‘GYC’ (“Get Your Coat”) All brilliantly presented by Emlyn Williams, a Partner at Weightmans, and Matthew Smith,…
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Insights from the Bank of England at our first joint event with the Association of Charitable Foundations
We changed our normal event approach to allow us to meet over 50 foundation Chairs. We invited the speaker – Sir Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England – and ACF provided the occasion – their annual Chairs’ reception for members.  Sir Jon was, as described by one of the ACF team, a…
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Association of Chairs and Honorary Treasurers Forum debate
A recent joint event, as part of Trustees Week, bringing together members of the Association of Chairs and Honorary Treasurers Forum provided lively debate as to how the relationship between charity Chairs and Treasurers might be enriched. A summary of the event provided many tips on how to build a strong working relationship between the…
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Our House of Lords Charities Committee evidence has been published
The Association board has made a submission to the new ad hoc House of Lords select committee on charities, chaired by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley. The committee was formed to examine “issues related to sustaining the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance”.   It is due to report in the spring of next year. …
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Paul Street shares his Chair-CEO experiences with us
Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation, spoke to our supper evening on 6th October and offered us an insightful distillation of his experience both as a Chief Executive working with a wide range of Chairs, and as a Chair himself at Contact a Family.  Paul likened the Chair-Chief Executive relationship to…
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Our new Chairs’ research highlights a funding and support gap
We have now published highlights from our first survey of Chairs. Thanks to our members and newsletter subscribers who responded: we researched 360 in a chairing role, including 140 members. What came across clearly was the level of commitment by Chairs.  54% say they are spending 4 days or more a month on their chairing…
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New AoC young(ish) Chairs’ group forming
  If you are a youngish Chair or Vice Chair and would like to share experiences with other young Chairs please get in touch. AoC member James Fletcher- Chair of Tenteleni and himself a young Chair – has offered to convene an informal get-together of young Chairs (definition still to be agreed – but let’s…
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Our Yorkshire Steering Group is recruiting 
Our Yorkshire activities are led by our Yorkshire Network Steering Group, all on a volunteer basis.  They’d love to recruit one or two more members to join them who are interested in helping to plan the programme. If that might be you, please contact Rebecca Weinberg at yorksandhumber@associationofchairs.org.uk
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After Kids Company: the seven deadly sins of trustee boards?
This was the title of a Civil Society blog by our Vice Chair John Williams which was based on his recent speech to Trustee Exchange.  Do you agree with them?  Read the list here.
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Stephen Perry joins Association of Chairs board
We are delighted to welcome Stephen Perry as our new treasurer after an open recruitment. Stephen brings huge experience as a treasurer, trustee and in finance from across the charity sector. His early career was in audit, insolvency and forensic accounting before moving to KCOM Plc where he held a number of senior finance roles.…
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Social media masterclass for members
Three savvy social media leaders shared their insights and advice for Chairs at a well-attended seminar hosted by Grant Thornton in January. The seminar for members explored the risks and opportunities of social media and what Chairs need to put in place with their board of trustees. Speakers were: Zoe Amar, Director of Zoe Amar…
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Our new guide to the Chair-CEO relationship is out
A Question of Balance – a guide to the Chair and Chief Executive relationship – has been published. Forging a successful relationship with your CEO is a key part of the Chair’s role. The quality of the relationship with the Chief Executive is a recurring theme in many of our conversations with Chairs and at…
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Sam Younger is our 250th member
Just 20 months from our 2013 launch, we have welcomed our 250th member and are delighted that it is Sam Younger, the former CEO of the Charity Commission, who has joined us in his capacity as Chair of VSO UK and Vice Chair of VSO International. We look forward to welcoming Sam and our other…
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We are recruiting an Honorary Treasurer
Do you want to join our board of trustees as we enter our third pioneering year and help shape our future from the ground up?  If you share our commitment to helping Chairs ensure that their boards add value to their organisation and the beneficiaries they serve, and you’re ready to roll your sleeves up,…
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New Chairs’ network emerging in Wiltshire
Instigated by AoC member Irene Kohler, Chair of Swan Advocacy based in Salisbury, and hosted by the local Chippenham CVS, Develop, 20 Chairs gathered on April 28th to discuss issues facing Chairs in Wiltshire and to explore the scope for a Chairs’ network in the county.  James Moody, the Chair of Develop, and AoC Vice…
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Our Yorkshire and Humber Network announces a joint meeting with ACEVO
The event, to be held on 23 June in Leeds, will discuss the critical need for the CEO and Chair to work  together for effective leadership, and will be an invaluable opportunity for CEOs and Chairs to come together to share, discuss and consider how this is best achieved. Bookings will open shortly.
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Our new guide for chairs – A Chair’s Compass – launches in London and Leeds
A Chair’s Compass – a guide for Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations officially launched on October 21st, our first anniversary of registration as a charity, at the Chairs’ Conference that concluded the Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme, at London’s Mansion House. The guide was made possible by the generous support of City Bridge Trust,…
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Good news: new LOWER membership fees
Here at the Association of Chairs we are keen to meet the needs of our members and potential members. Some of you told us you found the membership fee for larger organisations difficult to find or to ask your organisation to pay. We’ve listened and taken the decision to reduce our membership fees. From October…
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New Chair and Vice Chair for AoC
We are pleased to announce Association of Chairs co-fonder Ruth Lesirge has succeeded John Gladwin in the role of Chair, with trustee John Williams taking the role of Vice Chair. We would like to thank John Gladwin for guiding the Association from a good idea to a practical reality, with the Association’s formal launch as…
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Introducing AoC’s new administrator: Hannah Gardner
We are pleased to welcome Hannah Gardner as our new administrator. Hannah has worked in the charity and third sector for over ten years and has experience with membership organisations, previously holding positions at the British Society for Rheumatology and the Institute of Psychoanalysis. With an events and administrative background we are confident she will…
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AoC Seeking New Administrator
  We’re recruiting! Would you like to be AoC’s new administrator?  This is an exciting (part time) opportunity to help us build our new organisation dedicated to supporting Charity Chairs. We are looking for someone who enjoys using their initiative and turning their hand to a variety of tasks and learning new skills. We do…
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Luke Johnson and Lord Adonis announced as Autumn guests.
We are thrilled to have lined up two very exciting speakers for our Autumn events programme. Our next two Supper Club guests will provide insight into their unique experiences both as leaders in their respective fields of business and politics and as chairs of numerous organisations.   In September we will be welcoming Luke Johnson to…
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November supper club with guest speaker Andrew Adonis
DATE: Thursday 13 November 2014 TIME: 6pm-8pm VENUE: TBC We are delighted to announce that Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis, former Secretary of State for Transport and Minister of State for Education, will be our November supper club speaker. Lord Adonis will be speaking about his experience in public service and the non-profit sector. Lord Adonis…
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September supper club with guest speaker Luke Johnson
DATE: Monday 22 September 2014 TIME: 6pm-8pm Venue: TBC   We are looking forward to welcoming Luke Johnson to our September supper club.  Affectionately dubbed “Cool Hand Luke,” he is one of the most successful and eclectic business leaders in the UK today: entrepreneur, portfolio Chair and engaging columnist. Luke Johnson’s business acumen has taken…
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Alice Maynard wins NED Award
  We’re very excited to congratulate AoC Board Member Alice Maynard on her recent award at the Non-Executive Director Awards. The NED awards recognize significant contributions in the business and not-for-profit sectors, and our own Alice Maynard was the recipient of their not-for-profit/public service organization award.   Maynard, who serves as the chairperson for the…
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April Supper Club With Guest Speaker Stephen Dawson
  APRIL SUPPER CLUB “MAKING MERGERS WORK – THE FOUNDER’S STORY” With guest speaker Stephen Dawson, founder of Impetus Trust, now Impetus-PEF DATE: 30 April 2014 TIME: 6pm – 8pm ADDRESS: CCLA, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4ET   After a very successful first Supper Club in February with Julia Unwin, we are pleased to…
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Association Of Chairs Appoints New Trustees
  Association of Chairs Appoints Financial Governance Specialist and Former Charity Commissioner as New Trustees The Association of Chairs has added two new trustees to the original five founder trustees. They are Jacqueline Williams, who has had a career in audit, regulatory compliance and financial governance, and John Williams, who co-founded the leading public relations…
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A Successful New Members Event
  In the post-Christmas lull what better way to spend the dark winter nights than meeting other Chairs, networking and eating miniature fish’n’chips?  Well that’s exactly what we did at our first ever New Members Event. We had a great turn out and really enjoyed the opportunity to meet our new members. Ideas were exchanged…
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See the Association of Chairs launch on video
If you missed our launch event – you can still catch up on the speeches here. You can see short highlights (8 minutes)  or a longer version (24 minutes) We heard from our Chair, John Gladwin, from Baroness Sally Morgan, Andrew Barnett, Andrew Hind and Association of Chairs trustee Alice Maynard.
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Inaugural Launch Event a Success
  Our inaugural event on 24th October, kindly hosted by Odgers Berndtsen, was a great success. We kicked off with an introduction by our Chair, John Gladwin, who told the 80-strong audience why we have been established. He talked about our priorities for the new Association, one of which is to build an evidence base…
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Charity Status Awarded
We are delighted to announce that our application to the Charity Commission has been successful and we have been awarded charity status. This means we’ll qualify for a number of tax exemptions and reliefs on income that will allow us to better direct our funds towards our charitable purpose of helping our members become more…
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Update from the Association of Chairs
We are delighted to report that all the hard work by the Founding Trustees has resulted in a sound infrastructure with the Association now ready to accept members. A more visible aspect of the infrastructure development is our new corporate branding, unveiled in September 2013. Our sincere thanks to the Goodwork organisation for their sterling…
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Why is the AoC Needed?
Chairs of not-for-profit organisations are often the Cinderellas of our sector, yet they play a critical part in the success (or failure) of the 160,000 registered charities and countless more voluntary and community groups. Chairs of boards lead their trustee colleagues, steer the development of the long term strategy and may also be central to…
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