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Chairs' Forum

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

The Chairperson in a Third Sector organisation plays an important role. The Chair holds responsibility for leading the Board and setting its agenda. It is often the Chair to whom trustees look for advice, guidance and reassurance on all aspects of charities' governance The Chair also works closely with the Chief Executive and is a public face for the Organisation. To support Chairs in this important role CO3 have set up a Chairs’ Forum which will provide the opportunity to respond to the challenges of the role through sharing experience and expertise with peers, gaining advice and support to promote good practice. The Chairs’ Forum will be Chaired by Sarah Witchell from Virtus Consultancy.

The Forum is open to those who currently, in the recent past or expect in the near future to take on the important role of Chairperson.  It is open to all members within the CO3 Trustee Network.  We see this an important platform to provide helpful information through updates and briefings. 

The theme for this forum will be: “CEO Appraisals"

The traditional appraisal for the CEO consists of a conversation between the Chair and CEO.  Some of these conversations are more formal than others.  For Trustees who are new to this process and for charities whose culture to formal feedback is more laissez faire, introducing a formal CEO appraisal may seem like a daunting process.  It doesn’t have to be.
Formal appraisals for the CEO are a useful mechanism to monitor performance, set objectives and also identify what areas of performance require extra support and have this put in place. We know that for some Chief Executives they comment on how isolated they feel and how difficult it can be to judge their impact.  A formal appraisal provides that opportunity.
There are a range of tools and techniques that Chairs have access to which would enable them to ensure that this is a productive and positive experience. 
This session will provide an opportunity to delve into the current approaches used as well as examining a range of materials and techniques that you may access as part of the Appraisal process.

To register for the forum please contact Rachel@co3.bz

The forum meets quarterly the upcoming meetings are:

  • 5 December 2018

Sarah Witchell


Virtus Consultancy

Sarah is a solicitor with experience in both private practice and the public sector. She is now acting as a legal and corporate governance consultant whilst also undertaking an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance. Sarah is currently on the board or in a company secretary role in a range of third sector organisations