We run a range of events for Chairs and Vice Chairs - including briefings, workshops, talks by guest speakers, panel discussions and our member only supper clubs. Our events provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the role of chairing, stay up to date with the latest practice and trends in the sector as well as giving you a chance to meet and network with other Chairs.


Being an Effective Chair
Tuesday 22 January 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Cornwall
The One for All Lanivet Parish Community Centre, Carters Parc, Rectory Road, Lanivet, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5HG

Come along to this first Beacon workshop in Cornwall which 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.

Don’t miss our travel bursary which is available to delegates from organisations with an income under £100k when booking at least a month ahead. These bursaries are given on a first come, first served, basis.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Strengthening your Organisation
Thursday 24 January 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Birmingham
Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR

Come along to this second Beacon workshop in Birmingham which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Being an Effective Chair
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Wednesday 30 January 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

Join us in London for this first Beacon workshop which 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. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 12 February 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Bournemouth
Anglo-Continental, 29-35 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6NA

Meet with other Chairs in the south, at this Bournemouth-based workshop which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Recognising and reporting serious incidents- what you need to know
Thursday 14 February 2019 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Birmingham
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 6 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EP

Join us in Birmingham for this workshop which aims to provide an opportunity to hear about the way in which the Charity Commission views serious incidents and how they handle the reports which are made to them. This is about helping you understand the reasons for reporting a serious incident in your charity. Whilst the circumstances of incidents vary in type and in the impact they have, Chairs and trustees can work to limit the likelihood of an incident happening and to minimise the impact on the charity when they do. We will take a closer look at fraud and safeguarding as these are areas where serious incidents are most common. Representatives of the Charity Commission will talk to us about their approach to these issues and lead group discussions on the issues.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 26 February 2019 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm Taunton
Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA

Join us in Taunton for our second Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics
Thursday 7 March 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Leeds
Voluntary Action Leeds, Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW

Join us in Leeds for this pilot Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you navigate this challenge and to help you get the best out of your trustees, staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under £1 million) in mind; such as working with a small number of trustees, the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

Strengthening your Organisation
Tuesday 12 March 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Newcastle
Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

We look forward to welcoming you to our second Beacon workshop in Newcastle which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Strengthening your Organisation
Thursday 14 March 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Manchester
Methodist Central Buildings, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

Come along to this second Beacon workshop in Manchester which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).

Delicate interventions: making critical changes. Members' dinner with David Bryan
Thursday 14 March 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm London
CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London, EC4V 4ET

Good chairing requires many judgement calls, particularly when and how to intervene.  We’re delighted to have David Bryan join us to share his insights. David has a wealth of chairing experience to draw on, especially in the arts. David currently chairs Voluntary Arts whose mission is to support and promote creative participation for everyone in the UK and Ireland. David is also Chair of Artistic Director of the Future, chairs Battersea Arts Centre, and Oval House- south London’s theatre and was a member of the National Council of Arts Council England until 2017. 

David will reflect on the Chair’s responsibilities in good and turbulent times. He will also highlight the opportunities for Chairs to lead and steer an organisation.




Developing an Effective Board
Wednesday 27 March 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Birmingham
Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NR

Join us in Birmingham for this pilot Beacon workshop. This workshop will help you to support and develop individual trustees and the board as a team. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this free event.

Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics
Tuesday 2 April 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm Taunton
Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA

Join us in Tauton for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you navigate this challenge and to help you get the best out of your trustees, staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under £1 million) in mind; such as working with a small number of trustees, the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Strengthening your Organisation - Live Webinar
Tuesday 9 April 2019 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Webinar

This live webinar aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

This webinar is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon ProgrammeThe programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million. 




Strengthening your Organisation
Thursday 11 April 2019 10:00 am - 2:15 pm Saint Austell
Treverbyn Community Hall, Treverbyn Road, Stenalees, Saint Austell, PL26 8TL

Come along to this second Beacon workshop in Saint Austell which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

We offer a travel bursary to delegates from organisations with an income under £100k when booking at least a month ahead. These bursaries are given on a first come, first served, basis.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.




Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics
Thursday 25 April 2019 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm London
Tilney London, 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF

Join us in London for this Beacon workshop which aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you navigate this challenge and to help you get the best out of your trustees, staff or volunteers. It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under £1 million) in mind; such as working with a small number of trustees, the executive role often being in a part-time or voluntary capacity and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.


Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00).