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 15 December 2015 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 £25.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Stephen Cook, Editor, Third Sector magazine
Wednesday 18 November 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The view from the Editor’s chair.

Stephen Cook, long serving editor of Third Sector, the charity world’s flagship magazine, will take stock of what is proving to be a watershed year for the voluntary sector. He will examine the roots of the current challenges which may have been more predictable than we think. This will be an opportunity to discuss the implications for the sector’s role, standing and future direction, and how it can get back on course. In his many editorials Stephen has provided great insight, analysis and a unique perspective on the sector. We are delighted to welcome him.

Join us for dinner kindly hosted by the Punter Southall Group.

This event is for members and invited guests only.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

A Question of Balance: launch event
Thursday 12 November 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We will be holding an evening reception to mark the launch of our latest guide for Chairs and to celebrate our second birthday.

A Question of Balance: a guide to the Chair and Chief Executive relationship explores this important relationship from a Chair’s perspective and offers new insights into how Chairs of charities and non-profits can make the relationship work well.

We look forward to welcoming members to this event. Please use your member details to log in to register your interest.

There will be a brief address from the authors of the guide, our Chair, Ruth Lesirge and Executive Director, Ros Oakley and we will also hear from Paul Farmer, Chair of ACEVO. We are very grateful to our partners CCLA and Odgers Berndtson for their generosity in making the production of the guide possible and to CCLA who are kindly hosting our reception.

This event is for members and invited guests only.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

How to be a more entrepreneurial charity
Wednesday 11 November 2015 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

You’re invited to a discussion and networking lunch in Leeds to be challenged and inspired by James Alexander, a partner in the innovation consultancy, The Foundation. Our theme is to look at new models for social action by charities, and how we might be more entrepreneurial in our ways of delivering services and public benefit.
James will give a brief talk then open up to a round-table discussion.

He has worked with The Foundation since 2008 and his diverse mix of clients includes Save the Children, Tesco, TSB, Eurostar, M&S and Just Giving. James is currently a Trustee for the RSPB, Chair of GEN Community (a body set up to help finance and grow the low carbon economy), and an advisor to several early-stage social finance initiatives (Seedrs, LandBay, Spacehive). It’ll be a lunch to make you think and perhaps challenge you to act.

We are grateful to PWC for hosting this event. Lunch will be provided.
Priority booking for members. We will admit non-members only if space is available.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Herding Cats? How chairs can make collaboration work
Thursday 22 October 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lessons from campaigning in the charity world.

Loyd Grossman needs little introduction as a journalist, writer, presenter and purveyor of sauces, but his record of leadership in the charity world is remarkable, and he has kindly agreed to share the lessons learned and some of his battle scars.

His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations with several roles as Chair. We list just a fraction: Loyd is a former Commissioner of English Heritage (where he was Chairman of the Museums Advisory Committee and the Blue Plaques Panel), a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, a past Chairman of National Museums Liverpool and of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and past President of the British Association of Friends of Museums. He founded the 24 Hour Museum (now Culture 24) and was its Chairman until 2005. He was Chairman of the University for the Creative Arts from 2008-2012, a member of the Court of Governors of the LSE from 1996-2009, and is now an Emeritus Governor of the LSE.

In 2007 Loyd was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, and in 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the Heritage Alliance which represents over 95 non-governmental and voluntary organisations working in the heritage sector. In June 2015 he was appointed CBE in recognition of his services to Heritage.

Join us for dinner to hear these valuable lessons and discuss the outcomes with your peers, at our latest Supper Club event kindly hosted by CCLA. This event is for members and invited guests only.CCLA_Logo_Grey_CMYK

This event is for members and invited guests only.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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