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The Art of Being an Effective Chairperson

17 February 2022

tbc whether online or in person

This workshop is designed for both vice and current chairpersons seeking to improve their skills and knowledge on best practice with regards to the role of the chairperson. 

The role and importance of co-op businesses in agriculture is increasing and becoming more complex with the role of the chairperson ever more demanding.  It is imperative that they develop the skills and knowledge to meet the challenge of ensuring effective board governance and professional board practices.

The purpose of the workshop is to strengthen the understanding of the responsibilities of the chairperson, the pivotal role they play in ensuring board effectiveness and the factors that contribute to a high performing board. The workshop will feature a mix of information briefings and group discussions that will deal with the chairperson’s role and responsibilities, the behavioural dynamics of the board, and the skills required by a successful chairperson. Too often the training in the art of leading a board and chairing a meeting is left to chance or learning by observing others.

An important feature of the workshop is the involvement of a guest speaker who will share their experiences on what it takes to be a successful chairperson.

Participant numbers are strictly limited so early booking is advisable.

To note your interest please contact

 Allison Watson on allison.watson@saos.coop Tel 07548 215669