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Title: Understanding Good Governance


1
Understanding Good Governance
  • Facilitated by Derek OReilly
  • Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups

2
Leadership requires TeamworkLessons we can
learn from Geese
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vAOBthOPuw2U

3
The Board/Committee Team
  • Board members as equals
  • Communication within the Board
  • Interaction in meetings
  • Board roles
  • Communication with external stakeholders
  • Problem solving, conflict resolution and decision
    making

4
Board/Committee Rotation Rejuvenate
  • Boards go through life-cycles or phases
  • Different ways of working are needed at different
    stages
  • Board rotation is necessary for appropriate
    representation and rejuvenation

5
Avoid Groupthink
  • Groupthink
  • Self censorship to agree with majority view
  • Silence taken as agreement
  • Unquestioned belief in the groups right to be
  • Collective efforts to rationalise as a means of
    avoiding past policy decisions
  • Collective excessive optimism which encourages
    the taking of extreme risks

6
Keep the Board/Committee Energised
  • Say Thank You
  • Respect and recognise Board members and volunteers

7
  • Setting Boundaries Roles of the Chairperson and
    CEO/Manager

8
Chair/CEO Relationship
  • Mutual respect and understanding
  • A line management relationship
  • Regular communication
  • Mutual expectations
  • Annual appraisal
  • External support

9
Board/CEO Relationship
  • Mutual respect and understanding
  • Timely, accessible and appropriate information
  • Constructive support and challenge
  • Board development

10
Reporting to the Board
  • Tracking activity
  • Progress against objectives
  • Financial reporting
  • Legal compliance
  • Staff/Volunteers
  • Effectiveness of services/activities
  • Value for money

11
The Governance Code
  • A Proposed Code of Practice for Good Governance
    of CV Organisations
  • http//www.governancecode.ie/

12
The Principles
  • Providing leadership
  • Exercising control
  • Being transparent and accountable
  • Working effectively
  • Behaving with integrity

13
1st Principle Providing leadership for your
organisation
  • Purpose, vision and values.
  • Planning.
  • Managing, supporting and holding to account
    volunteers and all who act on behalf of the
    organisation.

14
2nd Principle Exercising Control
  1. Legal requirements
  2. Financial controls
  3. Risk management

15
Risk management
  • Think about problems that may arise, e.g.
  • Garda vetting
  • Your database/mailing list
  • Paying back a bank loan

16
3rd Principal Being transparent and accountable
  1. Communicating with stakeholders
  2. Responding to stakeholders
  3. Involving your beneficiaries

17
4th Principal Working effectively
  1. Understanding roles
  2. Effective meetings
  3. Board development

18
5th Principal Integrity
  • Honesty, fairness and independence
  • Conflicts of interest and loyalties
  • The organisations reputation

19
The Concept of Proportionality
  • No one size fits all
  • Factors such as size, level of funding, skills
    and experience
  • The five principles remain the same
  • Recommended actions differ depending on the
    Organisation Type

20
Organisation Types
  • Type A board involved in governance, management
    and operations
  • Type B board involved in governance and some
    management and operations
  • Type C board involved in governance only

21
Evolving Roles
  • Shifting sands how boundaries can move over time
  • Recognising the difference between Governance,
    Management and Operations
  • The challenge of wearing several hats

22
Conclusions
  • The increasing emphasis on
  • quality and (self)regulation
  • The Charities Act 2009
  • Guiding Principles for Fundraising
  • SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice)
  • PQASSO

23
Useful weblinks
  • http//www.carmichaelcentre.ie/sites/default/files
    /Charites20Act20Summary_update2010.pdf
  • http//www.ictr.ie/files/Compliance20Checklist.pd
    f
  • http//www.dochas.ie/Shared/Files/4/A_Note_on_Char
    ities_SORP.pdf
  • http//www.ces-vol.org.uk/index.cfm?pg42

24
Board Health Check
  • Determine the effectiveness of the board
  • Ten questions for you to consider
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