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
Tuesday 19 September 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.

 

Amanda Jordan’s career crosses sectors- spanning the voluntary, government and business worlds. She currently chairs the Association of Charitable Foundations and is a trustee at Baring Foundation. Her previous charity roles include being Chair of the National Literacy Trust, a co-founder trustee of Step up to Serve which promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds and Chair at the Internet Watch Foundation (the self regulatory body for internet service providers).

Amanda is also well-known in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. She is a founder Director and now chair of Corporate Citizenship a global sustainability consultancy, and spent 10 years developing and managing an award winning CSR programme for NatWest. She is a member of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board at Nottingham University Business School and formerly served on the CSR Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Recently she has been looking at the role of corporate foundations.

Amanda will be sharing her own experience of chairing and draw on her wider experience to offer insights for Chairs on charity and business collaboration; and understanding the perspective of charitable foundations about the governance and leadership of the organisations they fund.

Join us for dinner to hear Amanda and discuss the issues with your peers. There are a limited number of places and this event is for AoC members and invited guests only. We aim to ensure a mix of members have the opportunity to attend these small events, for this reason we do not operate a first come first served approach to our dinners. Your place is confirmed only if you receive a second email confirming your place.

We are very grateful to CCLA one of the UK’s leading investment managers for charities, religious organisations and the public sector for generously hosting this dinner.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Exploring the Chair’s role in governance with the Charity Commission
Tuesday 25 July 2017 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Bristol
Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside , Bristol , BS1 5TX 

Following the successful London event we’re delighted to welcome David Holdsworth, Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission for a session to share learning about the Chair’s role in ensuring good governance.

The session will be an opportunity for Chairs to gain insight into governance opportunities and risks; to discuss chairing challenges with the Charity Commission and to learn from one another.

This event builds on the success of two events held last year with the Charity Commission. It will be an interactive session, built around a case study with time for questions, discussion and networking.

 

2.30 Registration and networking with refreshments
3.00 Briefing
4.45 Drinks and networking
5.30 Close

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs- though priority for places is given to our members. Please note we intend to repeat this event later in the year in the north of England.

 


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Wednesday 19 July 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Birmingham
Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund St , Birmingham , B3 2ES

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.

Early warning signs – steering your charity away from stormy waters
Wednesday 28 June 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm London
Russam GMS, The Gridiron Building, One Pancras Square, N1C 4AG

Registration with refreshments from 4pm, presentation to start at 4.30pm, networking from 6-7pm

When you read about charity failures, it’s easy to question whether the people involved knew what they were doing. In practice, it can be a perfect storm of unknown and unexpected waves of problems that knock the charity sideways. This session, presented by AoC treasurer Kate Sayer, is designed to help Chairs to use risk management, financial forecasting and good reporting to identify potential problems at an early stage.

We will look at ways of managing reputational risk, risk in commissioned services and contracting, symptoms of financial mismanagement and how to deal with a finance team that is not coping. We will focus on the governance perspective and exploring approaches you and your board can apply to understanding and managing strategic risks.

This session will be most relevant to charities employing 20 staff or more, it is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs – though priority for places is given to our members. Numbers are limited.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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