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.


Reimagining Governance – help to shape our conversation on the future of civil society.
Thursday 7 December 2017 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Birmingham
Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund St , Birmingham , B3 2ES

Registration from 2pm with a prompt start at 2.30pm

Do you have a vision for what civil society should look like 10 years from now? What can we do to release the potential of volunteers and wider civil society to drive positive change? What is the particular role of governance and leadership?

These issues will be discussed at an event which is being co-hosted by the Association of Chairs and Anthony Collins Solicitors as part of a larger conversation initiated by Civil Society Futures. Civil Society Futures is a national, independent, collaborative enquiry led by Julia Unwin, which is looking to build a shared vision of the role of civil society in England in the next decade. The aim is to encourage as wide a debate as possible on the big questions and dilemmas this throws up and the conversation in Birmingham will directly contribute to that. We are pleased that Julia Unwin will be joining us at this event.

The theme of our conversation will be the governance and leadership of charities from the smallest, informal, volunteer-led bodies to the largest national campaigners and service providers. How can trustees deal with the level and complexity of the accountabilities they are increasingly faced with? What defines the kind of governance which creates the space to think and act differently rather than holding back potential? What has to be controlled and what might be freed up?

If you would value the chance to exchange views on these challenges and future opportunities please join us on the 7 December.

This event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs and others interested in this topic although priority for places is given to our members.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

The Chair's Challenge series: Managing difficult board dynamics
Monday 4 December 2017 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm London
ICSA, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

Understanding and managing relationships around the board table is essential to effective chairing. Our second Chair’s Challenge title focuses on Managing difficult board dynamics. It is generously supported by the Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Thursday 30 November 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm London
CAF (Charities Aid Foundation), 10 St. Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

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.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation): what do Chairs need to know?
Monday 27 November 2017 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm London
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road , London , NW1 2BJ

Our guest speaker Gary Shipsey, Managing Director of Protecture, has extensive practical experience of turning information law into practice. He is co-author of the Fundraising Regulator’s guidance “Personal Information and Fundraising: Consent, Purpose and Transparency” and Chair of the IRMS Third Sector Group.

The most significant change in data protection law is now less than eight months away. How can your organisation assess whether it is GDPR-ready? This session aims to provide Chairs with the space to reflect on what they need to know and how you can help your board  to ensure appropriate governance. Issues to be explored include:

1. What is GDPR and what might the implications be for my organisation? What are the key differences resulting from the new regulations?
2. What is the significance of GDPR for Chairs and boards?
3. What role must and should trustees play and how can a Chair help trustees to be hold an overview?
4. What support is there on which boards and Chairs can draw?
5. What is out there to support our staff to manage compliance?

Discuss these and other questions with Gary Shipsey and Rowena Fielding of Protecture.

Registration from 14.30 
Seminar to start at 15.00 
Q&A and Networking from 16.30 – 17.00

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs though priority for places is given to our members. Non member bookings will open on 27 October.



Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO
Wednesday 22 November 2017 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Schroders, 31 Gresham Street, London, EC2B 7QA

When the relationship between Chair and Chief Executive is strong – they are a ‘dynamic duo’ – both adding value to the organisation. When the relationship is in trouble the organisation suffers. This event explores how to balance the roles and how to bring out the best in each other by looking at the CEO/Chair relationship from both perspectives. It is an opportunity for you to hear from and share ideas with your peers. Topics that will be covered include: what does the relationship look like when it works well, practical realities and experiences from Chairs and CEOs, and how to establish and develop a supportive culture and deal with conflict.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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