Corporate Governance - Overview

Corporate GoveranceGood governance is all about leadership and making sure that an organisation is effectively and properly run. It is the role of the organisation’s management committee or board to ensure that their organisation is properly governed.

This involves:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the organisation and making sure that the organisation is doing what it set out to do.
  • Making sure that the organisation complies with legal requirements.
  • Making sure that systems and procedures are in place so that all of the organisation’s resources can be properly managed.
  • Making sure that staff and volunteers are supported and supervised.
  • Always acting in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Being accountable to all those who have an interest in their work.

On a day to day basis, management committees can delegate some of this work to staff.  However, the overall responsibility for governance stays with the management committee.

There are a number of useful resources available to support management committees and boards.

The DIY Committee Guide. – Practical help and support for management committees/boards
www.diycommitteeguide.org

Best Practice in Governance in the Voluntary and Community Sector – developed by statutory and voluntary sector representatives
www.dsdni.gov.uk

Training information, events and eMentoring – www.communityni.org

Specialist information on all aspects of volunteering – www.volunteering-ni.org

Information and guidance on equality legislation – www.equalityni.org

The Charities Act has now come into being – www.nicva.org/index.cfm/section/news/key/100908_Charities_legislation