A new series of four videos has been created that aims to help those who are new to the Chair role and to prepare people who may aspire to take on the position. 

These videos are part of the National Action Plan for Community Governance, created by a group of organisations and community leaders to create resources to support people in board roles in community organisations. The Action Plan has six key outcome areas, one of which is that ‘All Boards are well chaired’.

There is currently little support available to Chairs for the technical knowledge and skill development needed to be an effective Chair. The Plan addresses this initially with free on-line training sessions that will be available to new and aspiring Chairs.

The content for these videos was created with the input of more than 30 experienced board chairs, based on their experiences about what they wished they knew when they got their first chair role. 

The Chairing the Board video toolkit  was launched via Zoom event on 14 April with a line-up of expert speakers and a panel discussion for new and aspiring Chairs of community organisations.

You can view the Zoom recording of the launch event here.  

The videos can be accessed here:

  1. Back to Basics 
    This first video is about getting back to basics.  They key things you need to know to get started as Chair – what the role is all about and how to chair a great meeting. 
  2. Board Dynamics
    This second video is about the dynamics around the board table and your role as Chair about ensuring the board gets on and gets working.
  3. Getting Strategic
    This third video is all about your role in helping your board be strategic and develop a great strategy.
  4. Focus on Process
    This fourth and final video is all about your role leading risk, compliance and other good board processes.

For more information about the National Action Plan for Community Governance, please contact Programme Manager, Rose Hiha-Agnew