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
Monday 15 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Manchester
Tilney Manchester, 3rd Floor, Vantage point, 4 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3HF

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 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.

Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 11 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Taunton
Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA

If you are based in the south-west, join us in Taunton 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 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.

Chair's Challenge Series: Appraising Your Chief Executive
Tuesday 9 October 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Odgers Berndtson, 20 Cannon Street , London, EC4M 6XD

Appraising your Chief Executive
Getting the best from your Chief Executive is a key responsibility for Chairs.
This briefing and event explore the role of appraisal in doing so.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Being an Effective Chair
Wednesday 3 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

Join us in London 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 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.

Dynamic Duo – Balancing the Roles Between Chair and CEO
Wednesday 26 September 2018 10:30 am - 4:00 pm London
Ruffer, 80 Victoria St, London, SW1E 5JL

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.

Spaces are still available for 15th November in Leeds


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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