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All boards are required to have both a chair and a vice-chair. If you're struggling to fill either post, we have a step-by-step plan for how to manage the situation effectively.

1. Get a contingency plan in place

If the search for a new chair or vice-chair is going to take longer than expected, you'll need a plan to continue operating.

If the role of chair is vacant but you have a vice-chair in place, then the vice-chair can deputise for the chair while the search is on. You can read more about that in this article

If you're searching for a new vice-chair, you might ask governors to rotate through the role on a month-by-month basis until the seat is filled. This has the added benefit of giving more governors some leadership experience and improving any future succession plans.


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