This blog post is based on two briefings which were written for Association of Chairs by Marcus Page, former Chair of the Institute of Group Analysis. During these challenging times, your board team may be faced with some difficult decisions. If your board is under increased pressure this is likely to have an impact on…

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Blog post written by Ian Oakley Smith, former Head of Charities at PwC and specialist in insolvency. The guidance below applies to charities that are constituted as limited companies. Charities which are unincorporated, or which have another legal form, such as CIOs, should take advice on any specific differences in law, but the behavioural and…

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Blog post written by Roslyn Perkins, former Chair, and facilities and safety professional CMIOSH and IWFM. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, trustee boards are looking at health and safety issues with fresh eyes. If you have staff or volunteers, they will be drawing up plans to address these issues. Roslyn Perkins, who is…

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Blog post by Ros Oakley, Chief Executive of Association of Chairs. One of the most powerful comments I have heard recently about coronavirus is that we are not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm. Charities, a bit like boats in a storm, find ourselves faced with huge, even…

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Guest post by Louise Thomson from The Chartered Governance Institute. The role of a charity trustee can be one of great joy and satisfaction. It is also one that is becoming more onerous with every challenge that presents itself to the sector, including covid-19. With so much to cover and so few bodies able to…

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Guest blog by Malcolm John. Malcolm recently joined Association of Chairs’ board of trustees. He is also Chair of the Young Harrow Foundation and is leading a campaign to increase the racial diversity of trustee boards. During the current crisis, the need for us all to recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion becomes even…

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By Ros Oakley, Chief Executive of Association of Chairs Coronavirus is a huge challenge for us all and it can feel overwhelming. But if your charity is going through tough times, your leadership can make a big difference. You can bring perspective, calm and reassurance. You can offer support, encouragement and motivation to staff, volunteers…

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A Vice Chair (also sometimes called Deputy Chair) has no formal governance role or status, and many charities do not have one, either in their governing document or in practice.  Yet it is potentially an invaluable role that can add much to the governance and leadership of a charity. Having a Vice Chair has many…

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Last month ACEVO published ‘Look before you leap’, a guide to help charity leaders make a checklist of questions before starting a new Chief Executive role. Here, the guide’s author Ann Frye writes about why it’s important for Chairs to also be aware of what a prospective candidate will be looking for. It would be…

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