“Good governance in charities is fundamental to their success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the laws and relevant regulations. It also promotes a culture where everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision.” (Charity Governance Code)
The main role of the board is to help the senior leadership team to achieve the strategic objectives. To be effective the charity or school must have
- a clear mission, vision and strategy. Each board member needs to understand the overall strategy, the strategic objectives and how they are going to support the senior leadership team.
- comprise members with the right skills, knowledge and time to commit. Board members need to be trained and developed to ensure they are able to perform their roles to the best of their ability.
- have processes and procedures in place to ensure consistency, focus and evidencing of all governance matters
- demonstrate strong and positive board behaviours. Board behaviours will influence its effectiveness and equally the culture of the organisation and leadership, can influence how the board behaves.
- Strategy facilitation and development
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion facilitation
- Board training
- Skills and culture audits
- Board Effectiveness reviews
- Governance reviews focussing on processes and procedures
- Trustee and governor appraisals including chairs
Do get in touch if you would like to learn how I can help you to assess and improve the effectiveness of your board.
We asked Sam to help us review our effectiveness as a Board, articulate our purpose and to give recommendations for improvement. She has done an excellent job.She:
- brought a helpful framework to bear on this work
- was quick to note and move on in areas where we were fine
- offered good challenge, not holding back from asking difficult questions
- used her experience of other boards judiciously to help us.
Andy Brookes, Chair of CBF, CCLA