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 2018:

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


20 March

Traditional afternoon tea 4.00-6.00pm

Bonnie Dean

Chair, Brandon Trust 

Topic: Dealing with an unexpected crisis


11 June

Traditional afternoon tea 4.00-6.00pm

Michelle Russell

Director of Investigations, Charity Commission

Topic: Where charities go wrong and the part governance plays


20 September

Traditional afternoon tea 4.00-6.00pm

Peta Foxall

Chair, Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts

Topic: Challenges of being a new chair of a modern federated charity

Winter/Christmas Reception

11 December

Drinks and canapés 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Iona Lawrence       

Director, Jo Cox Foundation

Topic: Jo Cox’s short life was marked by her compassion and her passion. She worked tirelessly for a fairer, kinder, more tolerant world. Jo’s husband, her sister and Iona as Director of the Foundation are seeking to achieve what Jo set out to do.


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