Principle 2

An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by working well both as individuals and as a team.

The board will have a range of appropriate policies and procedures, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to enable both individuals and the board to work effectively.

The board will plan for its own development and renewal by:

  • Finding and recruiting new board members to meet the organisation’s changing needs in relation to skills, experience and diversity
  • Providing suitable induction for new board members
  • Providing all board members with opportunities for training and development according to their needs
  • Periodically reviewing their performance both as individuals and as a team.

Good practice/behaviours

  1. Discuss and identify gaps within the current executive committee structure and develop a role description for these positions. Publicly advertise roles on websites such as community & sporting organisations. Recruitment should not be limited to inside the organisation. This could require an amendment to the governing document.
  2. All committee members should have a specified term and term limits. Committee members should be re-appointed or replaced on a staggered basis to assist with succession planning and ensure corporate memory. It is recommended that term limits should be 4 x 2 years, 3 x 3 years or 2 x 4 years.
  3. Have a formal induction policy. This policy should include new committee members having the chance to meet staff and volunteers and visit events, games and training to gain an insight to the organisation’s activities.
  4. An annual review should be conducted with individual committee members. This may be done formally or informally. This review should identify training and development needs. This information should be fed back into the overall assessment of committee performance.
  5. The committee should carry out a yearly review of its performance informed by committee members, staff and volunteers. This review should be led by the chair and findings and feedback should be given to the committee as a whole. Any matters for committee members and staff should be dealt with separately.

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