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Defining Governance

The governing body makes a unique contribution to an organisation by focusing on the achievement of longterm aims... 

Governance (sometimes referred to as 'corporate governance') can be described as the system that ensures the fit between the organisation's mission and its performance. In essence, governance is about being in control and taking overall responsibility for the work and actions of an organisation. Good governance occurs when an organisation uses transparent decision-making processes to direct its resources and exercise power in an effective and accountable way.

Why the Governing Body is Necessary

If things go wrong, it is the governing body that will be called to account... 

 Overall responsibility

Governing

How to Govern

Accountability

Ensure that the organisation creates and reviews procedures for managing risk, finances, staff, etc...

Ensure that the organisation creates and reviews procedures for managing risk, finances, staff, etc...

Governing bodies must ensure the organisation has policies and procedures in place to operate in a responsible and accountable manner.

Agreeing Internal Policies

Although it is the responsibility of the governing body to ensure there are up to date policies in place in the organisation, it is not assumed that the members of the governing body are experts in all these areas...

Why have internal policies?

Being Creative

A creative approach can enable an organisation to produce quality plans vthat incorporate clear direction and strategic thinking...

Every successful organisation can trace its beginnings to an energetic group of people with exciting ideas who decided to make them happen. As ideas progress to action, an organisation is formed.

Ensuring Human Resources are Managed

Governing bodies should ensure there are open channels of communication with employees and volunteers and consult them on issues of importance...

Duty of care

Holding Effective Meetings

Governing bodies should ensure there are ways for confidential matters to be recorded, and minutes to be filed securely...

The vast majority of a governing body's work is carried out through meetings of one kind or another.

Planning

Holding an 'away day' led by an external facilitator can be an effective means of kick-starting the planning process...

Planning is vital as it prevents wasted resources, haphazard developments and conflict. Planning is one of the main contributions a governing body will make to organisational success.

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