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.

In this age of 24/7 news cycles, with the instant impact of the internet and social media, and increasing scepticism and challenge around public institutions, the reputation of your organisation is fragile and constantly at risk.

It takes years of hard work and effective communications to build trust and confidence in your organisation but it’s essential – your charity’s reputation is vital to effective service delivery, successful fundraising and to growth. In an increasingly complex environment, it must be actively protected, as failing to do so can be a major risk issue, and one to which every Chair should be alert and should think about.

John Kelly, a Partner in Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s Media & Information Group, will discuss Board-led strategies for protecting your charity’s reputation, and will provide an insight into the Do’s & Don’ts of working through a media crisis.  The session, which is planned as a participative workshop, will be chaired by the Association’s Vice Chair, John Williams, who is a co-founder and former Chair of the public relations company Fishburn and will add his own insights.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Pensions- what a Chair needs to know
Tuesday 7 July 2015 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Whether your charity is small or large, if you have staff, then you need to know about pension options and obligations, and have the appropriate governance in place.  Even if you don’t have staff you may still have eliginle workers. Perhaps you have a final salary scheme for employees and are concerned about pension deficits. Or you might not have a scheme but are concerned to understand your obligations under auto-enrolment.

Maybe you are concerned about ensuring any options you offer are ethical. Or have read about the new pension freedoms and are not sure what they mean for your charity.

We’re pleased to have Punter Southall Group our corporate partner and pension specialist host this event. We are also delighted to have Caron Bradshaw from the Charity Finance Group and Alan Rawling from the Charity Commission on the panel. They will help you understand a range of pension challenges and share with you the latest thinking on how to tackle them. We will also have David Locke (Chair of NCVO’s audit committee) share his experience of tackling the pension deficit from his time as Finance Director at BMS World Mission.

Bookings are now closed for this past event.

CEO and Chair; a relationship without surprises
Tuesday 23 June 2015 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is a joint event delivered by AoC (Yorks and Humber Network) and ACEVO
The event will discuss the critical need for the CEO and Chair to work  together for effective leadership, and will be an invaluable opportunity for CEOs and Chairs to come together to share, discuss and consider how this is best achieved.

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

This event is now fully booked. For any queries please contact Hannah Gardner.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Big breakfast: Good governance - the best investment, with Michael Quicke OBE
Wednesday 10 June 2015 8:15 am - 10:00 am (8.15 - for 8.30)

Whether a charity or a business, success stems from one thing – the quality of the governance. That’s Michael Quicke’s view. His judgement is informed by a unique perspective: he understands the non -profit sector – his business, CCLA, manages money for 43,000 non-profit clients; and he and his colleagues understand how to make good investments in successful businesses – investing over £5.6bn of the sector’s precious resources. As a longstanding Chief Executive (his first CEO appointment was in his 30s), Michael brings his own experience of board dynamics. He has also served as a trustee of the National Trust and chaired both its audit and investment committees. We are delighted that Michael will be sharing his insights with us. We invite you to share a big breakfast with Michael and your fellow non profit Chairs.

This event is for Members and AoC invited guests only.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Wednesday 3 June 2015 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 £25.

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

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