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.

Lunchtime round table with Andrew Hind CB

Andrew Hind is joining us for our first lunchtime speaker session. He has had a distinguished career in the public and charity sectors, being the first CEO of the Charity Commission, from 2004 to 2010; earlier he was a senior executive with ActionAid and Barnardo’s before moving to the BBC in 1995, where he was chief operating officer of BBC World Service.  Andrew was until recently editor of Charity Finance, and last Autumn became Chair of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).  Andrew will give his unique perspective on the challenges the sector faces, not least the new plans for fundraising regulation and restoring public trust and confidence.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

An ethical approach to HR in charities
Wednesday 13 April 2016 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

It’s often said that people are an organisation’s greatest asset.  So how does your board take care of its staff?  And what is an ethical approach to HR in charities? There are so many issues to be considered. How does the board balance the legitimate needs of staff and the needs of beneficiaries? How do you set pay? Do you set a ratio for highest and lowest pay? Should you commit to a living wage? What about pensions? What’s your commitment? Do you offer pensions that are ethically invested? What balance do you strike between developing internal talent or recruiting external expertise? And how do you safeguard the well-being of your staff?

Our speaker is June Goodson-Moore a highly experienced HR professional who has worked as a senior NHS director, CBI Employment Tribunal member, Deputy CEO and is currently serving as a trustee at Yorkshire Dance. We will also be joined by Stephen Philips from Punter Southall, who will discuss auto enrolment and any pension implications from the Government’s recent budget.

We are grateful to Bradford Cathedral for hosting the event. You are invited to stay for networking and a buffet lunch (for a small individual donation to the Cathedral.).  You would also be welcome to attend an organ recital in the Cathedral from 1pm to 1.45 pm.

Wheelchair accessible via ramps.

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Getting to grips with auto-enrolment
Tuesday 15 March 2016 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Pensions: getting to grips with auto-enrolment

Following our successful event last year on pensions our partner Punter Southall are kindly hosting a lunch for Chairs which focuses exclusively on pension auto-enrolment.  Having supported many employers through their staging projects, Punter Southall has a good grasp of the surprises, pitfalls and finer detail in the legislation and the essential features of a compliant auto-enrolment solution. The session will cover the key points Chairs need to know about auto-enrolment and will help them to;

  • Ensure compliance with legislation and process efficiency
  • Avoid financial and reputational risks
  • Appreciate the complexity and lead-in time necessary
  • Review automatic re-enrolment – if you have already staged, are you sure you got it right?​​
  • Ensure you are prepared, if you are a small employer yet to stage
  • Avoid common pitfalls

This event is for Chairs and Vice Chairs. Lunch will be served from 12.30- 1.00pm followed by presentations and discussion.

Priority booking for members, we will admit non-members only if space is available. Please register your interest, places will be confirmed nearer the time.


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Making mergers work
Wednesday 2 March 2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Lynne Berry OBE. Lynne is Chair of Breast Cancer Now, created from the recent merger of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign. She will share her insights from the merger process itself and the reality beyond. Identified by Cranfield University as one of the ‘100 women to watch’ in relation to FTSE 100 boards, Lynne has a wealth of experience as a Chair, Chief Executive and board member.
In addition to chairing Breast Cancer Now, she is Chair of the Commission to the Voluntary Sector and Ageing, Deputy Chair of the Canal and River Trust (CRT) and Chair of Bwrdd Glandŵr Cymru (CRT in Wales); founder of Public Benefit; an associate of Civil Exchange and until recently a non-executive Director of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Until September 2011 Lynne was Chief Executive of WRVS (now RVS) and her previous posts include Chief Executive of the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission, and the Family Welfare Association and Executive Director of the Charity Commission.
Lynne has also served on many Government bodies including the Office of Civil Society Advisory Board and several Better Regulation Taskforces, most recently to reduce burdens on charities and social enterprise. She was Vice Chair of the Deakin Commission on the Future of the Voluntary Sector She also work in association with a number of universities including Cass Business School and the University of Cambridge.
Join us for dinner to hear Lynne and discuss the issues with your peers, at our latest supper event kindly hosted by CCLA. There are a limited number of places and this event is for AoC members and invited guests only.


This event is for members and invited guests only.
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We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Julia Unwin, who has a reputation for her insightful work on governance. She has argued that the key things that boards need to do all start with S: support, stretch, stewardship, scrutiny, and strategy.

Reflecting on governance in tough times Julia will draw on her experience of governance, both as an executive and as a board member in public, private and charitable settings. She will consider what particular challenges governing bodies face in these changing times.

Julia Unwin is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and is known for her extensive research and writing on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector. She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors.

This event is the first of a series being organised by our Yorkshire network in 2016. Come and meet other Chairs and consider how you could apply Julia Unwin’s insights to steer and support your organisation.

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