Good governance should happen throughout a charity / voluntary organisation. Those entrusted with the governance function (the governing body, committee or board of trustees) are expected to oversee such tasks as appointing a Chair / Trustees to the Board, annual reporting, holding annual general meetings (and any other relevant board meetings), to name but a few. In addition to this, the governing body will also perform other roles within the organisation. These roles can include:
- Ensuring that the charity remains true to its mission and values
- Determining its strategy
- Acting as the point of final accountability for its actions and those of its representatives and staff
- Safeguarding its assets
- Acting as a source of expertise and advice
To assist you in the field of governance, you shall find below some templates which you can adapt to suit your own organisation.