An introduction to chairing a charity

  • 1 day
  • Governance and trustees
  • Leadership
  • Management
NCVO and Association of Chairs are running this one day course to explore the role of a Chair of trustees. This course will provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you be more effective in your role.


By the end of the course you will:

  •  Understand the role of the Chair and Vice Chair including the legal framework and duties of trustees
  •  Know the characteristics of an effective Chair
  •  Have discussed how to work with your trustees from recruitment and 1:1s, to working as an effective team
  •  Have considered the relationship with the Chief Executive and ways of working together  
  •  Have explored the support you will need as a Chair.


New and existing Chairs would benefit from the course.  Trustees who are about to take up the role of Chair would also find this course relevant.


Ruth Lesirge is co-founder of the Association of Chairs. She served as a trustee and was the organisation’s second Chair (2014-2019), before being appointed Honorary President.  She has co-authored two publications for Association of Chairs - A Chair’s Compass and A Question of Balance – the Chair-Chief Executive Relationship.   

Her voluntary sector work includes serving as Chief Executive of two national charities, Vice Chair of ACEVO and as a trustee on several boards, including those of the London Film School, Bishopsgate Institute and a bereavement project. She was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Cass Business School and led the consultancy service for the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, including running an innovative Chairs co-mentoring programme.  She has also led a consultancy practice for 16 years, as well as much pro bono work with third sector leaders

Ruth began her career in education, teaching and managing programmes for adolescent non-readers, adult literacy students and women returning to learning. She was Principal of a London adult education service before moving to the voluntary sector.

This course has been developed by Association of Chairs with the kind support of Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


The training will run from 09.30 until 16.30.


Email or phone (020 7520 2587) the training team with any questions or queries you may have on our training courses.  


Have you considered applying for NCVO’s Trusted Charity Mark award? Trusted Charity is a quality standard specifically for charities and is designed to help organisations run more effectively and efficiently. Trusted Charity’s 11 quality areas cover all aspects of what an organisation needs in order to be able to operate to a high standard. The Trusted Charity journey will help you feel confident about your governance practices, systems and procedures. Having the Trusted Charity Mark allows you to show others that they can put their trust in you. Achieving the award also gives funders a clear indication of the quality of your work and can help you successfully bid for public sector contracts.

Pricing for Association of Chairs members

 Association of Chairs members can attend this training at the NCVO member rate. Please add AOCMEMBER to the requirements box.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30k can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount.

Below £5 million £5 million or above
NCVO member £204.00 £362.00
Non-NCVO member £291.00 £517.00