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.


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.


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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.

Charity accounts in sixty minutes
Thursday 8 October 2015 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Do you feel charity finance is a dark art? Is this something you’re perhaps too happy to leave to your finance or audit committee? Or do you just need a refresher?

Passing accounts is an essential rite of passage in the charity year. Nick Brooks of leading accountants and advisers Kingston Smith will bring us up to date with current requirements and remind Chairs of what they need to know. All in 60 minutes plus of course added time for questions and networking.

This seminar will provide all the tools needed to understand accounts and the jargon that is so frequently used. Anyone confused by figures and terminology will find the session packed with useful information. This seminar will also cover the impact of the new SORPs for charities.

Don’t delegate this to your Treasurer. Come along and join us.

This is the first of a series of seminars drawing on Kingston Smith’s expertise. We thank them for their support.kingston smith

Priority booking for members. We will admit non-members only if space is available. Non-member tickets will be available from 1st September.


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How interims can help you face a crisis or major change
Tuesday 22 September 2015 8:30 am - 10:30 am

When times are turbulent or you are embarking on a lot of change, your charity may well need a particular set of skills that may be quite different to those needed in quieter times.  Perhaps you can’t afford those skills on an ongoing basis, or need them only for a short period. That’s where interims can be invaluable- either in the management team or on the board.

Initially interim managers were used to fill a gap, such as maternity cover. Increasingly they are used as a catalyst of change, often brought in to distressed situations and commonly to do some heavy lifting during a turbulent time or during a time of transition. The use of interims is not restricted to the appointment of an interim Chief Executive. Trustees Unlimited has been pioneering the use of interim trustees; trustees joining a board for a defined period of time in order to bring much needed experience and skills for a particular purpose. This briefing for Chairs will explore how interims are used, where they could add value in your situation and the issues to consider.

The session will be hosted by Russam GMS, the UK’s longest established interim management company and which also has a specialist search practice in the NFP sector and by Trustees Unlimited, the leading professional trustee recruitment company. It will be presented by Jason Atkinson (pictured left), Joint Managing Director of Russam GMS, former Chair of the Interim Management Association and Trustee of the MS Society and Ian Joseph (pTrustees Unlimited Logo2_cropped compressedictured right), Joint Managing Director of Russam GMS, Chief Executive of Trustees Unlimited and Trustee of the Cyclopark Trust. Logo - New Innovation Strapline

Priority booking for members. We will admit non-members only if space is available.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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