CEO-Chair Workshop

CEO-Chair Workshop, 19 March 2019

CCA’s third annual CEO-Chair workshop took place on 19 March 2019.

This workshop is predicated on the fact that the CEO-Chair relationship is the most important governance relationship at a not-for-profit community organisation. CCA has run these workshops to ensure that CCA member CEOs and Board Chairs have the skills, understanding and background to manage this relationship properly for the good of their organisations.

This year’s workshop catered for both new CEOs as well as for more experienced CEOs and both new and experienced Chairs. Workshop leaders were Ty Wiggins and Wayne Condon from Converge Consulting.

Workshop Materials

Materials from the workshop will be available shortly to all CCA CEOs through CCA’s new learning management system shortly. Contact CCA’s Operations Manager, Anne Walter, to obtain access to this system.

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

Workshop Purpose

The purpose of the CEO-Chair workshop was 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 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 and mentoring program. Contact CCA for more details.

Program funding

The 2019 CCA CEO-Chair workshop was funded under the ACE Programs, Teaching and Leadership Program by the NSW Department of Industry. The 2018-2019 ACE Teaching and Leadership Program is aligned to the Department’s priority to improve adult and community education outcomes.