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Making co-chairing work in practice

Deciding how the work of chair will be divided and ensuring that the division is fair.

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Sharing the role of chair can be a useful option, especially where individuals have the necessary skills but not the time. Not only can this make the role practical for some people who would otherwise not be able to find the time, it can also strengthen the leadership of the board by having another person’s valued judgment to draw on.

In order for co-chairing to work, there needs to be a clear understanding of what is required from both co-chairs. As with any job-share, both parties need to decide how the work will be divided and ensure that the division is fair.

This guide includes:

  • considerations for electing or appointing co-chairs
  • arrangements to discuss and agree between co-chairs and stakeholders
  • recommendations for reviewing the arrangement

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