A Community First Yorkshire event

Chairing With Success

Event aims

The chair of a board of trustees can be an exciting and fulfilling role – it is vital they are equipped to do their job well.

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.

The chairperson of a Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise 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 style, composition, balance and performance.

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

This live, interactive workshop will be delivered over Zoom.

Who should attend? 

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

What will you learn?

This workshop will provide an opportunity to review your role and update yourself on current good practice. It will cover the following:

  • Understand the difference between 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.


This training will be delivered by Shahida Iqbal of Yorkshire-based Manar Associates. Shahida has extensive experience of supporting charity trustees in being more effective in their role.

How to book

Book your place here.

If you have any questions about booking or invoicing please contact info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or telephone 01904 704 177.


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


This event is free to organisations in North Yorkshire with an income of up to £5k thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council.

Places for other organisations are £24 each (£20 +VAT).

If you are a small organisation that would struggle to attend this training a small number of bursary places may be available, please contact communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or 01904 704177 to discuss this further.

Please note that non-attendance on training you have booked on will require the full payment, this also applies to bursary and funded places. This is to allow as many participants as possible access to our training. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.


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