Chairing Meetings

Many of us are asked to chair meetings or committees without preparation for the role and without understanding the requirements of the role.

This course on Chairing Meetings from our Accountability & Governance series will enhance participants’ knowledge, explore effective chairing skills, and develop their capability to run efficient, productive meetings.

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. 

At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each participant gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.

Key Training Features

Who Can Attend

Learning Outcomes

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 other attendees
  • Help the Chair improve overall committee/ meeting effectiveness
  • Understand the Chair behaviours to display in meetings which are key to deliverin effective group dynamics and high-quality decision-making
  • Facilitate effective interactions between board members
  • Maximise individual member performance
  • Prepare delegates to manage conflict


Who Can Attend:

This course is designed for individuals already holding leadership positions who are looking to enhance their skills in chairing effective meetings. Suitable for local authorities/councils and can be adjusted to suit needs of participants. Suitable for government training and public sector training.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn how to

  • Lead an agenda that is clear and focused on achieving specific outcomes.
  • Employ strategies to facilitate productive discussions, ensuring all participants have the opportunity to contribute.
  • Leverage techniques to make fair and impartial decisions, while considering diverse viewpoints and perspectives.
  • Navigate challenging situations, such as managing conflict, addressing disruptions, and maintaining a professional atmosphere.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive meeting environment that is conducive to effective decision-making.



10:00 - 13:00


£625 + VAT


Civil Service College, Westminster, London


Virtual 17 September 2024 Book7

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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