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.


Join us for drinks, networking and a chance to hear about Becky’s role as Chair of Back Up and the skills and achievements that led her to be recognised in last September’s Third Sector awards. Becky will be interviewed by Association Vice Chair John Williams, who was on the judging panel that chose Becky as Charity Chair of the Year.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

How confident are you that your board has a good understanding of the range of needs and perspectives of your users and other stakeholders? How does the board assure itself that intentions concerning diversity and equality translate into meaningful reality for your organisation?

This session will help you address in practical terms questions such as why diversity matters, its value to your board, your organisation and the delivery of your mission; where your critical gaps are and where best to focus to achieve an optimal ‘return’ for your organisation. It is a unique opportunity to consider this from the Chair’s perspective, given your governance responsibilities as leaders of your boards and to consider the board’s role on  equality and diversity.

Please note that members have priority booking.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Supper club - Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE
Thursday 12 February 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for dinner to hear Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE speak on Managing rapid growth and big ambitions: lessons from Teach First and beyond… and share views with fellow Chairs.

Julia is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations from business, government, education and civil society to work together for the common good. She is Vice President of Business in the Community, Vice Patron of Teach First (which she chaired for 8 years) and a Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities on responsible business practices, and most recently appointed as Chair of The National Literacy Trust.

Please note that members have priority booking.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Monday 19 January 2015 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This workshop is  aimed at Chairs who are new in post or about to take up the post.

We will focus 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.

Please note that members have priority booking.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Fraud is a significant threat to charities and non-profits of all sizes, and can result in devastating consequences both to reputation and finances. For some it can even result in the demise of the charity. If fraud is not on your agenda – it needs to be. One in ten charities with an income over £100,000 say they detected fraud in the last financial year, according to the National Fraud Authority’s 2013 Annual Fraud Indicator. How confident are you that you and your board are alert to the risks and are managing them?

This session will brief you on what you need to know and do as Chair. Understand the most common forms of fraud and the challenges and opportunities of new technology and the most effective controls. And if the worst does happen- how should you respond to limit the damage? Our speakers have unrivalled expertise and insight and the experience to provide practical, workable advice.

Please note that members have priority booking.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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