To give you an idea of the range of events we hold we have listed our past events below. Members can obtain summaries of some of these events from the members’ area of the website.


Challenges for Charity Chairs
Thursday 19 January 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Liverpool

Tea coffee and registration at 4pm, formal start 4.30.

This is our first networking event for Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities in the North West to come together to share current challenges and experiences with each other and hear about some of the latest issues and requirements in charity governance, with a particular focus on staff and employment law. It also offers an opportunity for those who do not know us, to introduce the Association of Chairs.

Speaking at the event are John Williams, Vice Chair of the Association of Chairs and a former Charity Commissioner, who will talk about the role of the Association and share its recent Chairs’ research. Emlyn Williams, Partner at Weightmans and a board member at FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Matthew Smith, Associate at Weightmans and Chair at Mencap Liverpool, who will  talk on the topic, “Employment Law: Why Should I care?”

Event timetable

4.00: registration and tea/coffee

4.30-4.45: briefing by John Williams

4.45-5.30: Emlyn Williams and Matt Smith (including questions and discussion)

5.30: drinks and networking

We are very grateful to Weightmans for hosting and speaking at this event.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

New Chairs briefing session
Monday 12 December 2016 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm London

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.

Challenges for Chairs
Wednesday 9 November 2016 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Wales

A seminar looking at the challenges facing Chairs of trustee boards in Wales, followed by a networking lunch.

As part of Trustees’ Week 2016 we are pleased to invite you to an event held by WCVA in partnership with Association of Chairs and Blake Morgan LLP. The event is aimed specifically at Chairs and Vice-Chairs of trustee boards in Wales and will look at some of the key issues which are of particular concern to them including sustainable funding, recruitment and retention of good trustees as well as the critical issue of the reputation of charities. The event will also provide an invaluable opportunity to network with Chairs of other organisations in Wales.

To book please contact eventsadmin@wcva.org.uk or 029 2043 1724


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

Enriching the relationship between Chair and Treasurer
Thursday 3 November 2016 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Central London

A summary of this event is downloadable here.

The working relationship between Chair and Treasurer is a key one for the charity. Sound finances and good financial planning are fundamental to the health of the organisation and its ability to deliver its mission. Working together Treasurer and Chair need to ensure the board has the financial information and insight it needs to make good decisions. So how do you get the best from each other?

This joint event between the Association of Chairs and the Honorary Treasurers Forum is an opportunity to explore and share what makes this key relationship work.

The session will be chaired by Kate Sayer. Kate is a long time supporter of Hon Treasurers Forum and has recently become a trustee of Association of Chairs. She is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Management at Cass Business School and co-founder of accountants  Sayer Vincent

We will hear from Chairs and Treasurers about how they work together- both successes and challenges.

We are delighted to be joined by:

  • Fitzroy Chair Mary-Anne McIntyre and  Treasurer Simon Mollett sharing their experiences of the £30 million charity
  • From Westminster Mind Chair John Thompson and Treasurer Jonathan Lawlor sharing their insights from this £2.3 million charity

There will also be the opportunity to share experiences and learn from your peers. We recommend you come along with your Treasurer.

This is a free event- but priority will be given to members of the Association of Chairs and the Honorary Treasurers Forum.

You can book here or via the Honorary Treasurers Forum. We will be sharing booking details.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker Paul Streets, Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation which funds over 1,000 small/medium charities across England and Wales.

Paul has had a long leadership career in the voluntary and public sectors working as CEO of two charities (including Diabetes UK) and two public bodies. In that time he has worked with 7 different Chairs. Paul also has significant NED experience himself as a board member, and currently chairs Contact a Family and a UK wide NHS Committee.

Paul will speak about what he believes is key to good Chair/CEO working relations from both sides of the table, including how to gets things right – or stop them going wrong – in the first place, the role of appraisal and how to approach it – for CEO and fellow Trustees – and how to address performance issues.

Paul says

I’ve made many mistakes, learnt a great deal and come up with some things I think work  and may work for others. I promise no magic or silver bullets,  but will promise to be open, honest and keen to learn from others round the table.

Join us for dinner to hear Paul and discuss the issues with your peers, kindly hosted by CCLA. There are a limited number of places and this event is for AoC members and invited guests only.

You can read a brief summary of Paul Streets remarks.


Bookings are now closed for this past event.

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