The Governance Academy highlights a recent article concerning succession planning for chairs.
"Better late than never" certainly does not apply to the process of planning for your charity's next chair! Ian Joseph, chief executive of Trustees Unlimited in the article, "Who will be your charity's next chair?" emphasises that charities should give enough consideration to succession planning. He points out that many charities do not have an obvious existing trustee who can take on the role of the chair.
Ian gives the example of a six year fixed term of office; "the board need to be thinking about who is going to replace the chair from early on". He goes on to say: "if there isn't a suitable candidate ...then suitable trustees should be recruited."
He also warns against domineering characters and their unsuitability for the role of chair.
Ian Joseph makes 10 practical suggestions — find out more in his full article