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Chairs of Committees 4.10.2017

4 October 2017 London

Ensure that your committee adds value to the governance process

This event is now sold-out. To register for the waiting list please e-mail [email protected]

This course is perfectly positioned for trustees who chair committees or those who aspire to the role.Through a combination of leading governance advice and interactive case studies you will leave with the knowledge and confidence to ensure your committee adds value to the governance of your charity.

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04 October 2017

  • 9.45AM - 10.00AM
    Registration and coffee
    Registration and coffee
  • 10.00AM - 10.15AM
    An opportunity to meet your peers
  • 10.15AM - 1.00PM
    Committee roles, planning of agendas and relationships between the CEO and staff
    Brief reminder of the fundamentals of governance and the role of trustees, chair and chief executive (CEO)

    Role of committee chair:
    • Characteristics of a good chair
    • Dos and don’ts
    • Requirements of the role
    The Committee
    • Fundamentals of committee effectiveness
    • Common reasons why committees don’t function effectively
    Planning of agendas and preparing for committee meetings
    • Planning the work of the committee
    • Committee papers
    • What needs to be done before and after each meeting
    • Minutes of committee meetings
    Meetings by telephone conference calls
    • What needs to be done differently when you are chairing
    Relationship with CEO and staff
    • Getting the right balance between support and challenge
  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
    Lunch and networking break
  • 2.00PM - 4.00PM
    Case study, relationships and getting behaviours right in committee meetings
    Case study- delegates work in groups to find solutions

    Relationship with the board of trustees
    • Clarity of delegation from the board
    • Reporting back to the board (after each meeting and annually)
    • Reflecting on the committee’s effectiveness and ensuring the committee adds value to the governance process
    Getting behaviours right in committee meetings
    • Meeting etiquette for committee meetings


  • Dorothy Dalton


    Dorothy Dalton is a leading expert on governance. She has written several books on the subject. She was founding editor of Governance: essential information for effective trustees – a post she held from July 2005 to January 2016.

    With a ‘first’ in mathematics, Dorothy, a former Headteacher, was chief executive of ACEVO, the association of chief executives of voluntary organisation from 1992 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 she was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue.

    She is currently Chair of Governors of the Petchey Academy in Hackney. She has been a trustee of many charities including Marie Curie and has been chair of trustees of the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt) and chairman of governors of Orley Farm School Trust. She is a fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and of International Students House. She founded the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt), the Network of Women Chairs, and Groundbreakers: Voluntary sector women leaders. 

Terms & Conditions

Substitution and cancellation policy: On receipt of your booking form, your place is confirmed. Delegate substitutions are allowed. Up to and including 14 days prior to the event, a refund (less a 15% administration fee), or one complimentary transfer to another training date can be issued. Once a transfer has been processed, refund for the original booking will not be issued. Refunds or transfers are not available less than 14 days before the event date. Confirmation of cancellations MUST be in writing and sent or faxed to Civil Society Media at 15 Prescott Place, London, SW4 6BS 020 7819 1200 (fax: 020 7819 1210).


Caroline Thomas

Trustee And Hon. General Secretary

Casualties Union

I now feel more confident that my charity is functioning well and have taken dozens of tips and ideas away for doing even better

Joe Curran

Resources Director


An extremely useful course with excellent materials

Malcolm Maddox

Chief Executive

Newark Care

Very practical and helpful course, presented in a nice relaxed atmosphere. Helped to confirm existing knowledge and all my questions were answered



(prices exc VAT)

Governance & Leadership subscriber - £195

Standard rate - £235

Non-charity Governance & Leadership subscriber- £300

Non-charity delegate- £400

For group bookings email [email protected] or call 020 7819 1208


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