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AoC initial comments on the House of Lords Select Committee report

The Association had submitted written evidence to the Select Committee on Charities, which was chaired by Baroness Pitkeathley.  The committee was set up in May last year to examine the sustainability of the charity sector.  It has published its report, Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society, with 42 recommendations. We issued an initial comment for the launch

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Summary of remarks by Andrew Purkis

Andrew Purkis spoke to the Association of Chairs on 14 March 2017, at a dinner hosted by CCLA. He offered us his thoughts on the dilemmas for Chairs and boards in maintaining independence. Andrew is well-placed to talk on the topic having chaired four charities: The Green Alliance, Living Streets, The Empty Homes Agency and

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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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