Chairing Meetings

Many directors become Chairs without understanding the requirements of the role, and the significant challenge involved in demonstrating leadership of the board, rather than leadership by the board. As the Financial Reporting Council’s Guidance on Board Effectiveness states, ‘Good boards are created by a good chairperson. The chairperson creates the conditions for the overall board and individual director effectiveness'.

This course on Chairing Meetings Training from our Accountability & Governance series will enhance participant's knowledge, promote effective chairing skills, and develop their capability to create a performing team of directors who are aligned in helping the organisation achieve its purpose, and deliver its strategy. 

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Key Training Features

Who Can Attend

Learning Outcomes

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Key Training Features:

  • Understand the role of the Chair and hone chair competencies critical for leading meetings
  • Appreciate how the role of the Chair is different from that of the role of the director
  • Help the Chair improve overall board, committee and meeting effectiveness
  • Understand the Chair behaviours to display in meetings which are key to delivering effective group dynamics and high-quality decision-making
  • Facilitate effective interactions between board members
  • Maximise individual member performance
  • Chairing meetings effectively

Who Can Attend:

New or experienced Chairs looking to improve their understanding of the role and their performance. All those in board roles needing to understand the role of the Chair, or seeking to become a chair. Company secretaries and other governance professionals responsible for board support as well as Management interacting occasionally with the Chair. Suitable for local authorities/council and can be adjusted to suit needs of participants. Suitable for government training and public sector training.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will develop both a theoretical, and practical, understanding of what is required to become a Chair performing at a high level, how they can approach the task with a stronger sense of purpose, and how they can gain confidence that they are adding value to delivering the strategic direction of the organisation. 


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10:00 - 13:00


£595 + VAT


Civil Service College, Westminster, London


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Face to Face 19 June 2024 Book8

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Lead Trainer

Catharine Seddon

Catharine Seddon

Catharine has 13 years of NED experience with UK regulators in four different government departments. Her interests include; strategy, governance and risk management.

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Catharine Seddon

Catharine Seddon

Catharine brings 13 years of NED experience with national regulators in four different government departments. Her particular interests include strategy, governance, risk management and regulatory decision-making. 

After twenty years as an award-winning documentary film maker for  the BBC and running her own production company,  Catharine took up her first NED post  with the Human Tissue Authority She  subsequently became its Audit and Risk Assurance Chair and its Senior Independent Director (SID). She is currently the SID for the Gambling Commission and, as a Commissioner,  sits on the Commission’s Remuneration Committee, its fourth National Lottery Committee and its change programme, RESET. She is a member of the Legal Services Board where she chairs  its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. She is a member and chair-designate of the Audit and Governance Committee of the HFEA  and  a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. She sits on tribunals in mental health and employment and as a lay assessor on  civil cases in the county courts and she is a presiding magistrate. She has recently been appointed to the Health Service Products Appeal Tribunal. She is also a trustee for CPotential, a special needs charity. 

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