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IoD Scotland - Professional Director Series - The Fundamental Role of the Chair Workshop

29 Aug 2019
IoD Scotland, Edinburgh

This one-day workshop (9-5) explores the pivotal role of the Chair. Perhaps the single most important area within which a board can improve its effectiveness is how it is chaired. This requires two things to happen – the Chair leads the board and the understanding by the other directors of the rules of engagement. Have you ever noticed how good Chairs seem to effortlessly get through the business of the board and yet ensure that everyone has their say? Have you noticed when you leave the board meeting with a sense of achievement rather than the nagging doubt that it probably was not the best use of your time? The ability to chair any meeting is an important facet in the development of managers; once appointed to a board there is more than likely to be a requirement to chair board sub-committees or lead the board itself at some time in the future. Too often the training in the art of chairing a meeting or leading a board is left to chance or learning by observing others. 

Workshop Content

There are some basic rules of the game which this workshop seeks to explore –

  • Setting agendas
  • Keeping to time
  • Controlling the meeting
  • Stimulating the debate
  • Understanding the culture of the board
  • Understanding what lies behind what people say
  • Winning board behaviours

  • Working with the CEO
  • The role of the chair between board meetings
  • The external role of the chair
  • Evaluating the performance of the board
  • Ensuring adequate information for the board
  • Devising the composition of the board
  • Renewing and improving the board

Workshop Style

This is a highly interactive workshop which seeks to outline the theory of leading boards and put this theory to the test through group discussion, workshops and case studies. The theory will assist delegates to develop their knowledge and understanding of the art of listening, group dynamics and managing conflicts.


Who Should Attend?

Individuals who are currently directors and those about to be appointed within the private, public and Third Sectors. This workshop is for those serious about their professional development as chairs or future chairs.


Workshop Benefits

Help improve your current performance as a chair or help you prepare for your first appointment as a chair. A full set of workshop notes and certificate of attendance. Opportunity to network with a group of directors. A chance to re-charge your batteries and reflect on your own style of chairing the board. Opportunities for authentic feedback and challenge from workshop tutors and fellow workshop delegates.



Key details

Date & time: 29 Aug 2019 08:30 - 17:00
Location: IoD Scotland, Edinburgh
CPD Hours:

Prices from

345.00 GBP + VAT - Members Booking Rate
395.00 GBP + VAT - Non Members Rate

Event manager:
Ms Avril Gall
Contact phone:
0131 557 5488




Prices from

345.00 GBP + VAT - Members Booking Rate
395.00 GBP + VAT - Non Members Rate


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  • IoD Scotland
  • 10 Charlotte Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH2 4DR

0131 557 5488

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