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.


Accountability- an exploration. Members’ speaker supper with Karen Brown, Chair, Oxfam GB
Tuesday 7 November 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - (Drinks from 6.30pm to be seated at 6.55pm for dinner)
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Karen Brown, whose term of office as Chair at Oxfam GB and trustee at Oxfam International is just coming to an end. Karen will be sharing her insights from her varied experience as a Chair, with a particular focus on accountability. International charities have often led the way in discussion and practice. Oxfam International for example is a founding organisation of the INGO Accountability Charter.

AoC members and invited guests only.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

The Chair's Challenge series: Making board committees work
Tuesday 31 October 2017 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm London
Schroders, 31 Gresham Street, London, EC2B 7QA

We are pleased to launch the Chair’s Challenge series with an new briefing and event sponsored by Cazenove Capital looking at the Chair’s role with regard to Board committees. Join us for the launch of the briefing and for a chance to meet other Chairs and explore the topic.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Tuesday 24 October 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Leeds
Wrigleys Solicitors, 19 Cookridge Street , Leeds , LS2 3AG

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.

Exploring the Chair’s role in governance with the Charity Commission
Wednesday 4 October 2017 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tilney Liverpool, Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1NY

Following previous successful events in Bristol, Birmingham and London we’re bringing this joint event with the Charity Commission to Liverpool to share learning about the Chair’s role in ensuring good governance.
We will hear from David Holdsworth, Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission, and from Association of Chairs Executive Director, Ros Oakley.
The session will be an opportunity for Chairs to gain insight into governance opportunities and risks; to discuss chairing challenges with the Charity Commission and to learn from one another.

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs, though priority for places is given to our members.
Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Safeguarding- what Chairs need to know and do
Tuesday 26 September 2017 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm London
RSM, 25 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4AB

It is every Trustee’s worst nightmare. A safeguarding failure.

Charity trustees are responsible for ensuring that those benefiting from, or working with, their charity, are not harmed in any way through contact with it. The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults should be at the very heart of any charity’s governance, whoever their beneficiaries are and in whatever sphere the charity operates.

This interactive seminar will explore the law and fundamental principles for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, how they apply to charity boards of trustees (including charities working internationally), and what should be done or may happen when a safeguarding issue arises.

We will also bring the theory to life using case studies, and introduce some tools for boards to use when discharging their safeguarding responsibilities.

We will hear from:
Emma Dowden-Teale and Claire Whittle from Bates Wells Braithwaite who will explain the legal and regulatory framework in relation to safeguarding

Sam Monaghan, Barnardo’s Director of Children’s Services (England) and Amanda Ellingworth (Chair of Plan International UK) who will suggest hints and tools for assuring compliance at trustee board level.

4.30 Registration tea and coffee
5pm Safeguarding session
7pm Networking

We are very grateful to RSM for hosting this event.  This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs – though priority for places is given to our members. Numbers are limited.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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