Making the relationship between the chair and the CEO work


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For organisations that want some key tips on the relationship between the chair of the board and the CEO.

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Is this right for me?

This document is right for your organisation if:

Your organisation is a charity or social enterprise with:

  •  A volunteer board of trustees or directors;
  • CEO or equivalent chief executive

This document is not right for your organisation if:

  • You have a paid chair or a chair that is an employee of the organisation.

Please Note: Should you wish to have advice on your company’s particular circumstances and the terms of its articles of association, please contact us on or 020 7551 7777 and a member of our legal team will be able to let you have a quotation for providing bespoke advice. Our goveranance consultancy Onboard also gives bespoke goverenance advice.

We recommend that for important information regarding the running of a charitable company you refer to the Bates Wells Get Legal guide to running a charitable company limited by guarantee.

What you'll need…

What do I need before I start?

You won’t need any information beyond the name of your organisation to complete this form.


Q: What is the process?
A:Once you have logged in and paid for the form you will be asked a question. The document will then be emailed to you.

Q: What if I don’t have time to complete the form?
A: If you don’t have all the information you need or if you get interrupted you can save the information you have inputted and return to the document later.

Q: What if I want more information about running a company?
A: You may find the Bates Wells Get Legal board role specification useful. If you would like more specific advice on governance or any other legal issue, please contact Bates Wells at and a member of our legal team will be able to give an estimate for providing bespoke advice. We also have a governance consultancy arm called Onboard.

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How it Works

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    Select a legal document you need from our library.

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    Answer some simple questions on your organisation.

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    Your customised PDF document is emailed to you.