Small Group Conversations for Trustees

Join us for our first small group conversations for trustees - facilitated by Ruth Lesirge.

If you are looking for a space to download and reflect on challenges you’re facing as a board member why not sign up to our first Small Group Conversations for trustees? These sessions are a series of facilitated conversations to provide spaces for mutual support and reflection to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities being faced in your role as a board member.

We are pleased to be working with Ruth Lesirge who will be facilitating three sessions for this pilot group, selected from delegates of the Governance Now 2020 conference. The first session will be held on:

  • Tuesday 24th November, 12pm-1pm.

The sessions are for trustees at any stage of being a board member. You don’t need to be a chair of a board or have years of experience to participate.

About Ruth Lesirge:

Co-founder of the Association of Chairs, Ruth Lesirge was one of its first trustees and the organisation’s second Chair (2014-2019), before being appointed President. She continues her voluntary work in the Association, developing events and services for Chairs; in all this she is accountable to the Chief Executive. 

Ruth’s voluntary sector career includes serving as Chief Executive of two national charities, as Vice Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and as a trustee on several boards, including those of the London Film School, Bishopsgate Institute and a bereavement project. 

She is an independent consultant with long track record of work sector, specialising in leadership, governance and board development in the non-profit, as well as much pro bono work with third sector leaders. Ruth is experienced in facilitating semi-structured peer learning groups. 

With an early career in education, teaching and managing programmes for adult literacy students and women returning to learning, she was latterly Principal of a London adult education service before moving to the voluntary sector.

How does it work?

You and your group (10 in each group) will have 3 sessions working with the same facilitator each time, kick-starting on the date listed above. Following the first session your group and facilitator will organise the dates yourselves for the remaining two sessions based on your collective availability.

What previous Small Group Conversation participants have said:

‘It was great to be in a positive space with other leaders.’

‘It has been very useful, energising. Especially in these very challenging times.’

‘A good accessible 'human' experience that enabled time for reflection, response and feedback.’

Maximum participants: 10. 

As this is the pilot run for Small Group Conversations specifically for trustees, we are offering sessions for free to delegates signed up Governance Now 2020. We are therefore inviting expressions of interest from delegates and will then select up to 10 participants. If you are not selected this time, please do let us know if you would be interested to participate in future runs of Small Group Conversations for Trustees.

Whilst we are not asking for payment, we do expect those selected to complete pre and post-session evaluations. This will help us to review the pilot phase of the project and to establish what works and what might need to be changed before rolling out Small Group Conversations for Trustees more regularly in 2021.

If you have any questions, please email

Postponement or Cancellations By Clore Leadership 

Clore Leadership reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if necessary. This will only be under exceptional circumstances and Clore Leadership will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible. In this instance your place will be automatically transferred to another course.