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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

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.

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?

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