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Lessons from life as a new Chair

Mars Lord shares the ups and downs of becoming a first-time Chair

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Who is sitting round your board table?

Examples of actions that help, or hinder, in recruiting a strong, diverse board. Guest post by Janet Thorne.

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Working with your trustees one-to-one

Are you bringing out the best in your trustees or just hoping for the best? Our new guide looks at the benefits of working individually with trustees.

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What Chairs can learn from the Quaker Business Method

Areas of Quaker practice which may prompt you to reflect on your own approach to chairing.

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What does the Civil Society Futures report mean for Chairs?

Views from our event looking at the Civil Society Futures report.

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Why every board should have a Vice Chair

Six important roles a good Vice Chair can add to your board.

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Reporting and avoiding serious incidents

Would your board know how to recognise a serious incident and know how to respond? Are you confident that you have taken adequate steps to avoid serious incidents?

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Chairing through change: reflections from the William Morris Society

Beacon Programme advisory group member Martin Stott shares his experience of chairing the William Morris Society through a period of modernisation and change.

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Tips for effective chairing

To mark our fifth birthday in October, we asked Chairs to share one piece of advice they were given as a new Chair. Here’s what they said.

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What keeps Chairs of smaller charities awake at night?

The top five issues worrying delegates who attended Beacon Programme module 1.

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What makes a good charity Chair?

Helpful and unhelpful behaviours and practices seen in Chairs based on our work.

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