A Community First Yorkshire event

Chairing with Success

Woman in a board meeting talking and raising her hands

The chair of a board of trustees can be an exciting and fulfilling position – this workshop will equip you with all you need to do your role well.

The chair of a voluntary, community, social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation is responsible for the smooth running of meetings, allowing all individuals to have their say, and for guiding the organisation’s work towards the aims set out by the governing document. The chair has a critical influence on a board’s character, composition, balance and performance.

Each chair has a different style and there is not a single formula for success, but the factor common to top chairs is the ability to adapt their approach to the circumstances and the people they find themselves working with.

Whether you are newly appointed chair of trustees, or looking to improve your performance with a fresh perspective, this training will equip you with the essential knowledge and skill-set to fulfil your role successfully.

This live, interactive workshop will be delivered over Zoom.

By the end of the course you will have an understanding of:

  • Current good practice
  • The difference between the strategic and operational role of a chairperson
  • Effective skills for the chairperson
  • Organising and facilitating meetings
  • Barriers to decision making.

This will also be an opportunity to work with other trustees from across the region.

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for chairs of trustee boards, both new and experienced, or anyone involved in chairing. Trustees who are considering or about to take up a chairing role would also benefit from this training.

Please note this training is aimed at organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

About the trainer

Shahida Iqbal, Director, Manar Associates Ltd

Shahida has extensive experience of supporting charities to work through governance issues.

Cost and concessions

35 (including VAT)

Concessionary places

Thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council, we have free ‘first come, first served’ places if you meet either of the criteria below. You can self-select a free place during booking.


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £5k
  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £25k which is experiencing financial hardship and would struggle to pay .

These spaces are limited so if a free place is not shown when you go to book, you can ask to be added to the waiting list for a free place on a future training session.

No shows and concessions

Please note that if you don’t attend training that you have booked on without giving seven days notice, you will be required to make the full payment. This also applies to free places. This is to allow as many participants as possible access to our training. See our Terms and Conditions  for more information.


Attendees can receive refunds for cancellations up to 7 days before the event date.

Contact details

Booking queries contact
Email: info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Programme queries
Email: communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Booking details

Book your place here.

Booking deadline date: Wednesday 10 May 2023,  12:30