Effective Chairing Skills

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Aimed at organisation chairs, this one-day course develops the core chairing skills of confidence, assertiveness and time management. Participants will be equipped with a framework for effective leadership, approaches for improving boardroom participation, managing difficult situations and overcoming barriers to good decision making.

You will develop:

  • all the core skills essential for quality chairs: confidence, assertiveness, time-management
  • a framework to show effective leadership and get the most from your meetings
  • the ability to improve group participation and improve your personal impact
  • the self-confidence to manage difficult situations and overcome barriers to good decision making

You will receive:

  • a delegate pack containing notes and presentation slides
  • a certificate of attendance
  • six hours CPD, accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity 

Courses are held at The Chartered Governance Institute’s headquarters in central London and at Sport England’s training facility at SportPark in Loughborough.





Registration, tea/coffee


What are meetings and why are they held?
What is the role of the chairperson?
What should the role include?




The skills of effective chairing

Careful planning

  • Understanding the nature, purpose and objectives of the meeting
  • What goes into the planning of any meeting?
  • Analysing the agenda from the chairperson's perspective

Chairing capability

  • The chairperson as the leader of the meeting
  • Working with an ineffective chairperson
  • Listening – questioning – summarising
  • Understanding participants behaviour
  • Keeping the meeting on-track
  • Maintaining focus




The skills of effective chairing

Critical evaluation

  • How to use the post-meeting 18 point self-evaluation checklist




Roundtable discussions

  • The self-confident chairperson  
  • Essential personal skills for successful chairing
  • Points for personal application




Please note that sometimes the programme is subject to changes on the day.


Course leaders

Rob Robson

Rob is a management training and development consultant and a member of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Through TMF Training he specialises in the design and delivery of a range of management workshops, seminars and training courses tailored to the needs of both large corporations and small businesses. Together with Phil Davis, Rob has been delivering courses through TMF over a number of years and to a variety of audiences, both nationally and internationally.

Phil Davis

As the Managing Director of TMF Training, he develops and delivers a wide range of management workshops and training programmes.
Together with Rob Robson, Philip has been delivering courses through TMF over a number of years and to a variety of audiences, both nationally and internationally.

Philip’s training style is highly participative and interactive; his delivery is thought provoking and challenging. He continually questions the status quo and encourages others to do the same; to explore to re-examine and to think creatively to see if there is ‘a better way’. In a global competitive environment with intense pressure to deliver results, this is an approach he rigorously defends.

Upcoming dates

Upcoming course dates for
To be confirmed

How to book

To book your place, please send us an email with your name, organisation and the name and date of your preferred course.

If you are from a Sport England or Sport UK funded partner, we will send you a booking link within two working days.

If you are from another sports organisation in the UK, we may still be able to offer you a place and will be in touch with more information.