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.

Chair to Chair in Brighton
Tuesday 28 February 2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Brighton

Brighton based AoC member Nick Handley, Chair of Trustees at the Bridge Community Education Centre, has organised an opportunity for Chairs from the Brighton area to get together and meet each other.

The event features 3 speakers, a panel discussion and an opportunity to network over drinks.

The session will include:

Matt Locke, Chair of Brighton – based charity Photoworks

Previously with Channel 4 and the BBC, Matt will talk about his experience as chair of a board with a view on great chairs (and not so great chairs) that he has worked with.  Matt will also address the challenges faced by chairs in the digital era.  Photoworks is a Brighton-based charity dedicated to photography with an internationally recognised programme connecting outstanding artists with diverse audiences to champion talent and ambition, including the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest international photography festival.

Lynne Gilbert, Trustee Brian Murtagh Charitable Trust, Advisor for Charities and Not for Profits

Lynne is experienced in the charity world and working with Chairs and CEOs. Lynne will address the challenges faced by chairs on trustee recruitment and retention and provide some solutions.

John Williams Vice Chair of Association of Chairs will also talk about the role of the AoC.

The programme:
4.30 – 5.00: Registration
5.00 – 6.00: Speakers followed by panel discussion
6.00 – 6.30: Networking drinks

Finding the venue:
The Bridge is adjacent to Brighton Aldridge Academy and is easily accessible by road. There is a large car park. It is ten minutes’ walk by footpath from Falmer Station.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

What Chairs need to know about finance
Monday 27 February 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm London

Slides from this event are available in the members area. In response to a request at the session we have also developed some some tips for recruiting a treasurer.

Tea coffee and registration at 4pm, formal start 4.30.

Even if you have a great treasurer, every Chair should feel confident about their charity’s finances so that they can ask the right questions. It’s crucial to understand the business model(s) of the charity and the risks that flow from that. You should know the key financial indicators and need to be assured that the control environment is sound. It also helps to understand the annual cycle for finance and decisions so that you can plan meetings and agendas appropriately. The session is led by AoC trustee Kate Sayer. It aims to build your confidence and steer you to more resources if you need them.

4.00 Refreshments
4.30- 6.00 Presentation and discussion
6.00 Drinks and networking

This event is kindly supported by The Clothworkers’ Company and Charity Bank


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Do we need to rebuild public trust in charities
Thursday 9 February 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Wakefield

Tea coffee and registration at 10am, formal start 10.30.

Safeguarding and enhancing your charity’s reputation is a key role for Chairs and boards, and one that has become more pressing after the intense scrutiny of Kids Company, Chief Executive pay and the fundraising practices of some charities. Karl Wilding Director of public policy and volunteering at NCVO is uniquely placed to explore the important issue of public trust in charities. As director of public policy & volunteering at NCVO Karl leads the team who create robust, innovative, policy and research, advice and support, and campaigns for the long term. His team produce the highly respected NCVO almanac which is a mine of useful information on the sector. Karl has a reputation for being on top of the data, the trends and is often one of those asked to comment when a story breaks.

We are grateful to our Yorks network of volunteers for organising this event and to Certa for kindly hosting.

Certa House is a short walk from Wakefield Westgate station and details can be found on the Certa website Certa House, is the home of the educational charity Certa which works to encourage people to enhance their life chances through the acquisition of qualifications and accreditation.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Wednesday 8 February 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm London

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.

It provides training to support you to develop skills for chairing meetings and will build your techniques and confidence in the role.

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.

Get together for Young(ish) Chairs
Monday 23 January 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm London

Are you a young (ish) Chair (let’s say under 40)? If so this informal meetup may be for you. It’s organised by AoC member James Fletcher, Chair of Tenteleni and is an opportunity for young Chairs to meet and share experiences.

The venue is the Counting House pub, 50 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3PD. It’s 3 mins from Bank station.

If you are interested in attending please sign up here.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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