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.


Good governance workshop: ensuring effective leadership after the Kids Company scandal
Wednesday 29 June 2016 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm start until 6:30 pm, Salisbury

This event has been organised by AoC member Irene Kohler.

Understanding the role and legal commitments of being a being the chair of a management committee or board of trustees of a voluntary or community organisation is fundamental to the effective governance of any organisation. Post Kids Company there is greater focus on effective governance and the Charity Commission expects trustees to be more robust in their systems and procedures. The workshop will be run flexibly to be relevant to organisations with varying levels of staff and volunteer involvement including those with no or very few staff.

This interactive workshop aims to help charity Chairs explore governance as it relates to their organisations, their legal obligations and current good practice. We aim to improve governance to ensure it is fit for purpose in the current funding and compliance environment in the context of the dynamics of the relationship between the chair and the trustees (or management committee members) and the chief officer.

The workshop objectives are to: –

1. Identify the key principles of effective governance for 2016 and beyond
2. Understand trustee eligibility and routes to board sustainability
3. Explore how to deal with conflict and poor performance
4. Identify good practice in relation to the relationship between Chair and Chief Officer
5. Identify good practice in volunteer run organisations (without or with minimal paid staff) and those with Management Committees
6. Explore the role of Chair in a modern voluntary organisation
7. Identify effective communication and decision making systems that support good governance

Trainer: Ian Beever is a consultant, facilitator and trainer working with the public and voluntary sectors; specialising in policy relating to local government, health and social care. Working for a diverse range of clients in the UK and Europe; Ian has been freelance for the last 13 years, winning a National Training Award in 2010.

A core part of Ian’s work with charities is governance, strategic and financial planning. Ian also lectures on health and social care policy for Kingston University on the postgraduate programmes at St. George’s Hospital in London.

Wilsons Law are kindly hosting this event at their offices in Salisbury.
It’s 20 minutes walk from the station with pay parking nearby in St George Mall and Brown Street. There will be light refreshments served.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Dynamic duo – balancing the role between Chair and CEO
Tuesday 28 June 2016 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN ADDRESS TO:
RBS 2nd Floor
1 Spinning Fields Square
Mancester
M3 3AP

When the relationship between Chair and Chief Executive is strong- they are a dynamic duo both adding value to the organisation. When the relationship is in trouble the organisation suffers. Getting the right balance in the relationship is not straightforward, and of course you may have different views about what healthy looks like. This event explores key challenges and shares a range of insights from experience on how to get the best out of each other.

ACEVO and the Association of Chairs are holding this joint event to look at the relationship from both perspectives: CEO and Chair. It draws on the experience both organisations have and is an opportunity for you to hear from and share with your peers. Topics covered include: harnessing process and personality, when things go wrong and 9 key areas where perspectives may differ.

Kindly sponsored by RBS the event will be held in Manchester on 28 June. It will run from 10.30 to 3pm. It will be chaired by Derek Twine. Speakers include: David McGovern and Paul Martin (Chair and CEO of LGBT Foundation;)  David Parr and Pamela Ball (Chair and CEO of Knowsley CVS); and Carole Easton,(Chair Young Minds and CEO of Young Women’s Trust); Jenny Berry (ACEVO), Ros Oakley (Association of Chairs).

Chairs and Chief Executives are both welcome- we particularly recommend you come as a pair. It’s a good opportunity to take stock of how you are working together.

For a flavour of what’s in store download Association of Chair’s guide:  A Question of Balance – a guide to the Chair and Chief Executive relationship (In a reader survey 89% say they’d recommend it to a Chair or CEO they know.)

ACEVO and Association of Chairs members: £45
Non- members £65

Please book via this link to the ACEVO website.

Please note you will need to register your details and create an account on the ACEVO website before booking.

 


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Monday 20 June 2016 11:45 am - 2:30 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 £40.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Fundraising practice has come under unprecedented scrutiny and criticism in the last year, following the death of Olive Cooke.  Issues such as over-mailing, data protection failures, high pressure tactics from third party call centres and insensitive legacy marketing have led to the scrapping of the existing self-regulatory system with a new Fundraising Regulator being created; tougher guidance; the planned creation of a Fundraising Preference Service; and a movement towards opt-in permissions which risks losing charities millions of pounds.  In all the subsequent analysis, one thing was consistent: it is the trustees’ responsibility to oversee their fundraising teams and ensure good practice and consistent compliance.

But how does the Chair ensure their board knows what is done in their name, the more so in charities with large complex fundraising departments?  How is oversight proportionate yet effective?  Is it even practical?  How do you balance your responsibility to raise money to support your beneficiaries with your obligations to treat your donors fairly?  Is losing income inevitable?

As the new regulatory regime takes shape, this is a pressing issue for all Chairs who lead fundraising charities and we have assembled an experienced panel to lead you through some of the issues:

Mark Flannagan is Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, which last year won the Institute of Fundraising’s Fundraising Team of the Year

Kate Sayer is a partner at Sayer Vincent, specialist auditors and advisors to the charity and not-for-profit sector, and a well-respected commentator on charity issues

Andrew Purkis is a leading blogger and campaigner, a former Charity Commissioner and has been Chair, CEO and trustee of several major charities.

Gerald Oppenheim is interim Head of Policy at the new charity Fundraising Regulator, former director of policy and partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund and Chair of learning disability charity the Camden Society.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Tuesday 17 May 2016 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 £40.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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