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.


Positive Boards: Creating a Healthy Organisational Culture
Wednesday 14 November 2018 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Cardiff

It has become a Trustees’ Week tradition for AoC to join forces with the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) for an event for Chairs and trustees, and the theme this year is: Positive Boards: Creating a Healthy Organisational Culture.  The event will look at how to establish and maintain positive relationships and build a safe organisational culture.  It includes a short workshop exploring the building blocks of a successful team and considers why trust is so important.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Ambition vs caution- a Chair’s journey. Members' dinner with Carole Easton
Thursday 8 November 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm London

Carole Easton recently completed her terms of office as Chair of Young Minds. Over dinner she will share her journey- the ups and downs and what she has learnt. She will offer her insights into a range of challenges which many of us face. Carole has led the board through times of anxiety, a weak financial position, restructuring of staff and governance, changing funding models as well as the highs of coming out the other side, achieving more stable income and healthy reserves.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Being an Effective Chair
Thursday 8 November 2018 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Manchester

Join us in Manchester 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.

Being an Effective Chair
Wednesday 31 October 2018 9:30 am - 1:15 pm Bournemouth

Learn from other Chairs based in Bournemouth at 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.

New Chairs' Briefing Session
Monday 15 October 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Manchester

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.

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