The Importance of a Chair on BoardThe Chairperson is a fundamental role for any Voluntary Sector organisation. The Chairperson must ensure that the Board functions properly, and all relevant matters are discussed amongst Trustees, and that effective decisions are implemented.
We have outlined the essential responsibilities of a Chairperson below:
- To take the Chair at general meetings and board meetings.
- Planning and conducting board meetings effectively.
- Ensuring the board focuses on its key tasks.
- Providing leadership and guidance to the rest of the board and COO / CEO.
- Consult with chief executive on matters of strategy, governance, finance and HR.
- Ensuring that all board members receive accurate, timely and clear information.
- Communication of the charities aims and policies to the public.
- Take responsibility for the board’s composition and development of Trustees.
- Ensure regular audits of the board, and monitor the balance between Executive and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), and the diversity of the Trustees / Directors exists.
- Work in partnership with Directors and Senior Management and involve them in the board’s work.
- Reviewing and appraising the performance of the Chief Executive.
- Engaging the board in assessing and improving its performance.
- Have the ultimate responsibility when it comes to setting the agenda of the meeting / approving the minutes.
- Formally call the board meeting to a close.
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