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About the programme  

Who is the programme for?

Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations in England with an annual income of under £1 million.

Why get involved?

You will:

  • Meet, learn and exchange ideas with other Chairs who face similar challenges
  • Be part of a unique programme tailored to meet the needs of Chairs of smaller organisations
  • Know where to get support to be effective in your role
  • Hear the views of other Chairs of smaller charities and sector experts on topics that concern you
  • Access a wide range of FREE practical written resources to meet your needs
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'The programme has been put together by the very people who recognise its value - Chairs and Vice Chairs.  I have already found it a lifeline and welcome such an excellent range of support tools.' 

Roma Hooper, Chair, Prison Radio Association 

What does the programme include?

The programme is split into four modules covering topics of interest to you as Chair of a smaller charity. Each module is offered as a workshop and webinar with supporting online resources.

  • Affordable and engaging half-day workshops in nine locations all over England. Workshops will run in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leeds, London, Manchester, Bodmin (Cornwall), Newcastle, Cambridge and Taunton.
  • Free, interactive webinars covering and complementing our workshop content. These are held at lunchtimes and the evenings.

Find out about workshop dates in your area and online.

  • Free resources for Chairs supporting the workshop topics. Includes guides, tips and tools to help you put what you have learnt into action.
  • Monthly e-bulletin helping you know what we are doing and when. Be the first to know about new resources and hear the views of other Chairs on important topics.
  • Online platforms to meet and learn with other Chairs.  Chairing can be lonely. We will be finding other ways to help you meet and network with others.


Thanks to a generous grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, our online and written resources are free of charge. Workshops only cost £20. A travel bursary is available to support organisations with an income of under £100k with the cost of travel.


Join the Beacon Programme today!

By registering you will get access to Beacon events, webinars and resources.