How to Balance the Roles of Chair and CEO

AOC logo


On 20th September, along with the Chair of Community Action:MK Sheila Thornton, I was delighted to present at a joint event in Milton Keynes. This Association of Chairs (AoC) and CA:MK event was sponsored by Grant Thornton and hosted in a large and airy meeting room at Spinal Injuries Association HQ.

Entitled ‘A Quality Double Act’ the focus of the evening was to better understand the differences in the roles of the Chair and the CEO, and importantly how to achieve a balance between the two. We also explored the key challenges organisations are facing at the moment.

This event provided a great opportunity for local Chairs and Vice-chairs as well as executive staff of non-profit organisations to learn more of the work of the AoC, the resources they provide to support Chairs, and the resources available locally to non-profits. Click here to find out more about the AOC.


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.