A New Association that Provides Support for Chairs

Association of ChairsAfter a year in the planning the Association of Chairs, a peer support and best practice organisation for non profit Chairs, successfully launched last month in London.

As a founding trustee of the Association I was delighted to see our hard work come to fruition. The support across the Third Sector has been overwhelming and since the launch on the 24th October membership has grown steadily, validating our belief that a significant gap existed in support available to non profit Chairs.

At the launch event we shared the results of the recent research we’ve undertaken in conjunction with NCVO, which will help define the next steps for the Association’s research agenda and we heard from some distinguished speakers about the role of the Chair and its importance to the organisation.

I was delighted to close the evening’s speeches by sharing my experiences as a Chair. How I believe that as the organisation’s Chair it deserves for me to know what I’m doing, so it can maximise the difference it makes for those it serves. Hence the valuable support role the Association can offer Chairs who may otherwise feel isolated.