Ros Oakley is Executive Director and co–founder of the Association of Chairs. The association was launched in October 2013 to support non-profit Chairs and Vice Chairs in leading their organisations. With Ruth Lesirge, Ros wrote the highly acclaimed A Chair’s Compass, a guide for Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations. Ros is also a principal consultant with Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness where she has a particular focus on governance, and lectures on the Msc programme. Ros has worked with a wide range of Chairs and boards. She helped to deliver the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness board development programme for Hospices UK – which entailed working with 63 different hospice boards.

Ros Oakley has 25 years’ experience in leadership, management and policy roles in the third sector and as a consultant to non-profit organisations. Ros served as chair of the board at Charities Evaluation Services from 2009 to 2013. She has an MBA from London Business School.