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Responsibilities of Governing Body

 The specific responsibilities of company directors include complying with the Companies Act...

 Responsibilities of the governing body as a whole

Responsibilities of Officers

For a treasurer, you need a person who is good at figures, understands accounts, and can explain accounts in layperson’s terms... 

Your constitution, rules or memorandum and articles of association will usually specify whether your governing body comprises specific honorary officers.

Setting Up Subcommittees and Working Groups

Any decisions made by subcommittees or working groups need to be approved by the whole governing body...

It is common practice for the governing body to set up subcommittees and/or working groups (or panels, taskforces, etc). These can provide an excellent opportunity to involve other people from within and outside the organisation; experts or advisors, users or clients, paid staff or volunteers.

What is Governance?

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

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.

Renewal

It is very helpful to adopt a long-term view of the skills, experience and commitment necessary...

The assumption that you can sit a group of people around a table and they will then automatically become a highly effective governing body is disappearing.

Governing

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