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.


After the safeguarding scandal: what lessons for Chairs?
Wednesday 18 July 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm London
Trowers and Hamlins, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ

The Oxfam and Save The Children revelations have had a huge impact on the charity sector and have raised many issues: about safeguarding, about trust, about charity ethics, about transparency and accountability, and about governance and oversight. The ramifications go far beyond the international aid sector.  And in this era of #metoo and #timesup the concept of safeguarding is being redefined by some beyond protecting children and vulnerable beneficiaries to cover workplace dignity and all stakeholder relationships.  There are further lessons in preparing for and handling crises and dealing with the media. 

This event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs although priority for places is given to our members.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs' Briefing Session
Monday 16 July 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Leeds
Tilney Leeds, 3rd Floor, City Point, 29 King St , Leeds , LS1 2HL

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.

Serious incidents- how to recognise and survive them.
Wednesday 27 June 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm London
RSM, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB

Charities are increasingly in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Even in well-run charities things can and do go wrong, sometimes badly so. If they do, there are steps you are expected to take. This joint event with the Charity Commission focuses on what the Chair needs to know about handling serious incidents, including recognising and reporting them. Our discussion will focus on a case study. Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy will guide us through the issues, and there will be opportunities to discuss the matters raised with a range of Charity Commission staff.

This event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs although priority for places is given to our members.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Financial Sustainability – More Than a Long Term Aspiration?
Wednesday 13 June 2018 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

This session aims to inform your thinking and the approach your board might take to ensuring the organisation can survive and thrive. We will unpack and examine the key elements of financial sustainability and explore how organisations can manage when resources are scarce.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Chair to Chair in Somerset
Tuesday 12 June 2018 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Taunton
Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Memorial Hall, Paul Street , Taunton, TA1 3PE

Association of Chairs’ member, Irene Kohler, is organising an informal get together of Chairs to share experiences and to explore their needs.  Chairs will have the opportunity to meet each other and share common concerns.  Josie Hinton will introduce Association of Chairs’ new programme, Beacon, for Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities with an annual income of under £1 million. The Beacon Programme will be coming to Taunton in the autumn so there will be the opportunity to explore how you can get involved in the programme.

This free event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs in Taunton and the surrounding areas.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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