The survey reveals that 25 per cent of charity chairs don’t feel they are offered sufficient opportunities to learn about their new role when they are first appointed.
The majority of chairs (61 per cent) said they wanted structured training programmes and online resources to help them tackle their new role effectively. They also wanted more informal networking opportunities.
The Governance Hub, a partnership of eight voluntary organisations including NCVO, NAVCA and Volunteering England, also found that only a small proportion of people receive an induction and that most feel the pressure to “learn on the job”.
“It is imperative that chairs are equipped well enough to lead their organisation,” said Jolanta Lasota, head of the Governance Hub.
The Governance Hub this week launches a new range of resources for chairs including three pilot mentoring schemes.