Andrew Chamberlain

Andrew Chamberlain

Managing Director, Consort Strategy

Andrew Chamberlain is a former association Chief Executive and is now Managing Director of Consort Strategy (, a consultancy firm specializing in leadership development, organisation improvement, good governance and business growth. For over 10 years he held leadership positions in professional associations and membership bodies across the UK. Prior to this he spent several years working on education and environmental policy at the Scottish Government in Edinburgh and in the Ministry of Education in Wellington, New Zealand. Based in Cambridge in the UK, Andrew travels internationally to provide consultancy support on association governance and management.

Holistic Approaches to Association Governance: A Practical Framework for Future-Proofing Your Organization

Wednesday, October 24
Time:  3:30 PM to 5 PM

Following a strategic review of activities and objectives, the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) implemented a new 3-year strategic plan in 2016. The plan’s success demanded a robust suite of governance policies, management practices and operational processes to underpin its implementation. As the strategic cycle nears its conclusion, CARA will shares the benefits and impacts of creating a formal and structured governance framework as well as its experience in identifying, designing and implementing appropriate leadership strategies for a rapidly growing association. Through facilitated discussion, participants will have an opportunity to explore practical approaches to association governance, to challenge conventional styles, and to debate the value of holistic governance models. They will also receive a resource toolkit to support the creation or enhancement of their governance structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the steps required for designing and implementing a successful governance framework
  • Explore management techniques and operational practices that either a) underpin or b) undermine your association’s business model(s)
  • Assess your association’s governance effectiveness and gain understanding in how to leverage expertise to enhance your capacity for delivering excellence for your members


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