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.


Being an Effective Chair - Live Webinar
Tuesday 11 December 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Webinar

This event is now fully booked

The Beacon Programme’s ‘Being an Effective Chair’ live webinar is an introduction to the role of Chair, providing those chairing smaller charities (with an annual income under £1 million) with top tips and tools to help them be more effective in their role.

This webinar is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon ProgrammeThe programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. Please join the programme so you can make a booking for this webinar.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Being an Effective Chair
Wednesday 5 December 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Newcastle
Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

Meet with other Chairs in the north-east, at this Newcastle-based 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.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 29 November 2018 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Birmingham
BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

If you are based in the Midlands, join us in Birmingham 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 being run in partnership with the Association of Independent Museums. Some places are reserved for Chairs and Vice Chairs of heritage charities, who will have opportunity to work together and share insights with Chairs and Vice Chairs from the broader charity sector. When booking, please ensure that you choose the relevant ticket type.

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.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 27 November 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Leeds
Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

This is the Leeds date for the second Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. 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.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Recognising and reporting serious incidents- what you need to know
Tuesday 20 November 2018 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Liverpool
Tilney Liverpool, Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1NY

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity. Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do. We will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common. Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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