National Seminar 2007 - 'Chairpersons as Effective Leaders'

May 15 2007, 09:02am


Disability Federation of Ireland National Seminar

15th May 2007

Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

It is clear that the role of Chairperson within a community and voluntary organisation is pivotal to the operation of that organisation. It is equally clear that the Chairperson can influence every facet of an organisation, from its ethos to its operational efficiency and can have a profound effect on its governance. Therefore, it has long been recognised that there is a need for focus and attention to the challenges which Chairpersons face.

With the involvement of fourteen member organisations, DFI undertook a project, entitled 'Chairpersons as Effective Leaders', which sought to identify and improve the supports needed to enhance this role.

The project consultant and author of the project report, Stephen Rourke, will present his findings and there will be short presentations from some of the participants who took part in the project. We will:

  • Look at the challenges to Chairpersons that are posed by the changing environment.
  • Discuss some of the training and developmental needs of Chairpersons and Board members.
  • Review actions and activities aimed at providing practical and relevant responses to the challenges arising from this research.

This project has been supported by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.


1.00 - 2.00 p.m. Registration and Light Lunch

2.00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

2.10 p.m. 'Chairpersons as Effective Leaders' Report Findings

2.40 p.m. Response from Project Participants

3.10 p.m. Workshops

3.40 p.m. Tea/Coffee Break

4.00 p.m. Feedback from Workshop

4.30 p.m. Close

This Seminar is particularly appropriate for Chairpersons, Board members and senior staff members in organisations, as it will address the challenges posed by the changing environment and the training and developmental needs of Board members.

The Seminar will be followed at 5.30 p.m. by the DFI Annual General Meeting.

Please complete the following and return with payment to Mary Redmond, before Monday 7th May, 2007.

Contact:, 01 454 7978
DFI, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8

Cost: €35 per person - Non-Member Organisations
€25 per person - Member Organisations

Please make cheques payable to Disability Federation of Ireland.




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