Network of Women Chairs


The Network of Women Chairs (NWC) is open to all women chairs and vice chairs of trustees.

Aims of NWC:

1. To share experiences and learning through networking with fellow women chairs and vice chairs of trustees thereby improving charity governance. 
2. To encourage:

  • women from all ethnic and social groups, and of all ages to become trustees, chairs and vice chairs;
  • members to apply to be chairs and vice chairs of larger and more high profile charities thus improving the gender balance in the sector

NWC Events in 2017:

All speakers have considerable experience of governance, and meetings are held under Chatham House Rules.


Thursday 9 March 2017

Traditional afternoon tea   4-6pm

Paula Sussex

CEO, The Charity Commission

Topic:    An opportunity to meet the CEO of the Charity Commission and ask her about the Commissions changing approach to charities


Thursday  25th May 2017

Traditional afternoon tea   4-6pm

Caroline Diehl

Chair, the Community Channel and Former CEO, the Media Trust

Topic:     Caroline will talk about Crowdfunding and the Community Channel's very successful attempt to raise funds through crowdfunding.


Wednesday 27 September 2017

Traditional afternoon tea   4-6pm

Rowena Ironside

Chair & co-founder, Women on Boards

Topic: Rowena will talk on why women charity chairs should consider board roles in other sectors or chair roles of larger more complex charities, and also speak about the work of Women on Boards


Christmas Reception

Wednesday 13th December

Drinks and Canapés     5.30pm – 7.30pm

Dame Esther Rantzen

Founder, Childline

Topic: Dame Esther will talk about her personal journey in setting up Childline, the trials and tribulations, the successes and what this amazing charity means to her and frightened & abused children


Format of meetings:

4.00pm    Arrivals. We normally network for half an hour over tea
4.30pm    Welcome and introduction of Guest of Honour

                Guest of honour speaks for about 25mins

5.00pm    Discussion
5.30pm    More food, drink and networking
6.00pm    Meeting ends

Meetings are generously hosted by haysmacintyre and held at 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1AG.

If you would like to join NWC please send your name, role at charity, name of charity and full contact details (including email address and telephone number) to