Past events

To give you an idea of the range of events we hold we have listed our past events below. In 2015 we hosted over 20 professional development and networking events for Chairs across the UK. Members can obtain summaries of some of these events from the members area of the website.

New Chairs briefing session
Wednesday 5 April 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Leeds
Wrigleys Solicitors, 19 Cookridge Street , Leeds , LS2 3AG

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 session will also explore the leadership skills and knowledge that will make you the most effective Chair you can become – and the support that you might need.

The emphasis will be on the strengths you bring, as well as the ‘gaps’ you want to fill. And we will offer some tips that might be useful in your particular setting.

The event is free to members who also have priority booking. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of £40.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Understanding the Fundraising Regulator's role - what does my board need to know?
Tuesday 4 April 2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

Tea coffee and registration from 4.30, formal start 5pm.

The Fundraising Regulator is a new and important body, whose role will impact on the thinking and practices of charity executive and non-executives alike. Chairs of governing bodies will need to understand the principles and how they may affect the responsibilities of Board for effective oversight of this key activity within their organisation.

Gerald Oppenheim, the Regulator’s Head of Policy and Communications (and an Association member) will speak at this Association of Chairs briefing, which is designed to focus specifically on what Chairs need to know.

Gerald will set out the Fundraising Regulator’s requirements and expectations for charities, fundraisers, and their boards about consent to contact donors and supporters under current and future data protection legislation.

Lawrie Simanowitz charity partner, at Bates Wells and Braithwaite will then cover the wider perspective of fundraising regulation (including the Charity Commission and the ICO). He will look at steps your board and/ or your executive team may need to be taking in the light of a tougher regulatory regime.

History and context

Following widespread public and media concern about how charities contact potential donors, a review of self-regulation of charity fundraising was commissioned by Government in 2015. The recommendations of a Cross-Party Committee of Peers chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington were accepted in full. These included:

• A new single regulator should be established to investigate poor fundraising practice and assume the role of setting standards (and take over the “Code of Fundraising Practice” from the Institute of Fundraising).

• The new regulator should have strong links with the Charity Commission, and with the Information Commissioner’s Office in order to ensure that charities followed its rules.

• A new Fundraising Preference Service (“FPS”) should be created that would enable the public to manage their contacts with charities and opt out of direct marketing communications.

The Fundraising Regulator was established in January 2016 and assumed responsibility for regulating fundraising in July; it launched its guidance on consent in February 2017. It will also operate the new Fundraising Preference Service, due to be launched this summer.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Thriving in the Age of Disruption: how charity leaders are adapting for the future
Tuesday 28 March 2017 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Leeds
GatenbySanderson, 14 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL

Speaker: Juliet Taylor

What does outstanding leadership look like? What qualities will be needed in your next CEO, or in your successor? This is the topic explored by Juliet Taylor, Partner and Head of GatenbySanderson’s Not for Profit Practice. She will be sharing the results of “Thriving in the Age of Disruption a report of conversations with 50 Chief Executives who were asked for their insight on the personal qualities and characteristics that make for truly outstanding leaders. The report explores the impact broader sector changes have had on leadership, how people may be responding to this, and the evolving role of the Chief Executive in an increasingly scrutinised sector.

We will then be offering some first-thoughts from the perspective of the Chair and Trustees into what outstanding leadership looks like in the Not for Profit sector. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and the morning will also include a period for open-forum consideration of any other challenges being faced by attending Chairs.
We are grateful to our Yorkshire network for organising this event and to executive search firm GatenbySanderson for generously providing the venue and refreshments. This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs- though priority for places is given to our members. Numbers are limited.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Maintaining independence-dilemmas for Chairs and boards. Members' speaker supper with Andrew Purkis OBE
Tuesday 14 March 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

Drinks from 6.30pm to be seated at 6.55pm for dinner.

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Andrew Purkis OBE. Andrew has wide ranging experience as both a Chair and Chief Executive in the voluntary sector.  He has a reputation for his insightful commentary and independent thinking on charity matters.

Andrew will be exploring charities’ vital role in contributing to public and political awareness and decision making as well as delivering services. He will argue that independence is the essential quality that underpins the charity sector and justifies its existence. He will explore four areas of possible tension that can compromise the role of Chairs and Boards in maintaining independence of thought and action;

  1. The board letting staff do the thinking and visioning
  2. Being excessively risk averse, not least in relation to the Charity Commission
  3. Becoming too dependent on state or other particular funders
  4. Losing the capacity for self criticism and self renewal, failing to challenge our own narratives about what we are doing and how we do it.

Andrew has chaired four charities: The Green Alliance, Living Streets, The Empty Homes Agency and ActionAid and is currently deputy chair of the university’s ombudsman’s scheme. He is also a trustee of ActionAid International and ActionAid UK

His previous roles include Assistant Director of NCVO, National Director of CPRE, Secretary of Public Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Chief Executive of the Tropical Health and Education Trust.  He was a board member of the Charity Commission from 2006 – 2010. Andrew has his own blog.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Chair to Chair in Brighton
Tuesday 28 February 2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Brighton
Bridge Community Education Centre, Lucraft Road, Falmer, Brighton, BN2 4PN

Brighton based AoC member Nick Handley, Chair of Trustees at the Bridge Community Education Centre, has organised an opportunity for Chairs from the Brighton area to get together and meet each other.

The event features 3 speakers, a panel discussion and an opportunity to network over drinks.

The session will include:

Matt Locke, Chair of Brighton – based charity Photoworks

Previously with Channel 4 and the BBC, Matt will talk about his experience as chair of a board with a view on great chairs (and not so great chairs) that he has worked with.  Matt will also address the challenges faced by chairs in the digital era.  Photoworks is a Brighton-based charity dedicated to photography with an internationally recognised programme connecting outstanding artists with diverse audiences to champion talent and ambition, including the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest international photography festival.

Lynne Gilbert, Trustee Brian Murtagh Charitable Trust, Advisor for Charities and Not for Profits

Lynne is experienced in the charity world and working with Chairs and CEOs. Lynne will address the challenges faced by chairs on trustee recruitment and retention and provide some solutions.

John Williams Vice Chair of Association of Chairs will also talk about the role of the AoC.

The programme:
4.30 – 5.00: Registration
5.00 – 6.00: Speakers followed by panel discussion
6.00 – 6.30: Networking drinks

Finding the venue:
The Bridge is adjacent to Brighton Aldridge Academy and is easily accessible by road. There is a large car park. It is ten minutes’ walk by footpath from Falmer Station.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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