CEO-Chair Workshop

CEO-Chair Workshops in 2020

Note: Due to the developing Coronavirus, CCA has cancelled its planned CEO-Chair workshop, scheduled for 19 March, and will reschedule it as soon as practical to do so. We are also examining online opportunities.

The workshops are predicated on the fact that the CEO-Chair relationship is the most important governance relationship at a not-for-profit community organisation. CCA runs these workshops to ensure that CCA member CEOs and Board Chairs have the skills, understanding and background to manage this relationship properly.

The 2020 workshops will cater for both new CEOs as well as for more experienced CEOs and both new and experienced Chairs and senior Board Directors. The Workshop leader will be Ty Wiggins from Converge Consulting, who is highly experienced in working on the governance of Australian not-for-profit adult and community education organisations.

“Highly interactive. Allowed for separate CEO and Chair thought and reflection allowing for effective combined sessions.”

Workshop Purpose

The purpose of the CEO-Chair workshops is to:

  1. Strengthen the relationships between CCA member CEOs and their respective organisational Chairs, by clarifying the roles and responsibilities of both CEOs and Chairs, challenge their understanding of the organisation’s opportunities and align their thinking;
  2. Assist the governance of all CCA member organisations, supporting them to operate strategically, respond to new business challenges and manage effectively; and
  3. Ensure sustainable adult and community college (ACE) organisations by strengthening their leadership capabilities, managerial foresight and financial health.

“The sessions inspired me to reconsider my level of responsibility for the Board’s effective operation.”

The CEO-Chair Relationship

The relationship between CEO and Chair is crucial for an organisation’s success. Fostering, facilitating and improving this relationship is one of the most important things an organisation can do to invest in its future. The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) states in its paper “The Role of the Chair”:

The Chair acts as an important link between the Board and the organisation’s management via the CEO. Responsibilities of the Chair include:

  • liaising and interfacing with the CEO as the primary contact between the board and management;
  • establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with the CEO;
  • overseeing negotiations for the CEO’s employment and evaluating the CEO’s performance; and
  • planning for CEO succession.

Chairs and CEOs work closely together to:

  • communicate the views of the board to stakeholders and the public accurately and effectively; and
  • set the agenda for the matters to be considered by the board, ensuring that the information provided to the board is relevant, accurate, timely.

“The role of the Chair and Board v the role of CEO and management in practical terms became very clear to me as a result of attending and I have since discussed with my Chair improvements we can make.”

Future CCA Governance Training

CCA is committed to empowering its member organisations through governance training. In addition to CCA’s governance podcasts, CCA also offers a CEO coaching program. Contact CCA’s CEO, Dr Don Perlgut, via email  if you are interested in participating in the coaching program.

Program funding

The 2020 CCA CEO-Chair workshops are funded under the ACE Programs, Teaching and Leadership Program by the NSW Department of Education The 2019-2020 ACE Teaching and Leadership Program is aligned to the Department’s priority to improve adult and community education outcomes.