Past events

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.


Being an Effective Chair
Monday 17 September 2018 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Leeds
Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you be more effective in your role. The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under 1 million) in mind; such as operating with limited resources and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. You will have the opportunity to share learning with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. If you have not registered for the programme, you can register here.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Beyond Compliance: Enabling Effective Financial Oversight by Boards
Tuesday 11 September 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

Registration from 4.30pm.

This interactive session for Chairs will help you explore how you can enable your board to undertake this governance task effectively.

Financial oversight is one of the Board’s key roles and Boards need to get assurance that the charity is operating within the rules.  But just complying is not enough for good governance.

Chairs need to work on helping the Board to address the key financial challenges facing the charity, as a basis for making well-founded decisions. Keeping discussions strategic, you need to know that someone is attending to the detail.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

After the safeguarding scandal: what lessons for Chairs?
Wednesday 18 July 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm London
Trowers and Hamlins, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ

The Oxfam and Save The Children revelations have had a huge impact on the charity sector and have raised many issues: about safeguarding, about trust, about charity ethics, about transparency and accountability, and about governance and oversight. The ramifications go far beyond the international aid sector.  And in this era of #metoo and #timesup the concept of safeguarding is being redefined by some beyond protecting children and vulnerable beneficiaries to cover workplace dignity and all stakeholder relationships.  There are further lessons in preparing for and handling crises and dealing with the media. 

This event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs although priority for places is given to our members.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs' Briefing Session
Monday 16 July 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Leeds
Tilney Leeds, 3rd Floor, City Point, 29 King St , Leeds , LS1 2HL

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 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.

Serious incidents- how to recognise and survive them.
Wednesday 27 June 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm London
RSM, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB

Charities are increasingly in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Even in well-run charities things can and do go wrong, sometimes badly so. If they do, there are steps you are expected to take. This joint event with the Charity Commission focuses on what the Chair needs to know about handling serious incidents, including recognising and reporting them. Our discussion will focus on a case study. Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy will guide us through the issues, and there will be opportunities to discuss the matters raised with a range of Charity Commission staff.

This event is open to Chairs and Vice Chairs although priority for places is given to our members.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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