Terms of reference

Delegating to sub-committees

Sub-committees are set up so that a small group of management committee members (and sometimes co-opted experts) may focus in detail on a particular issue.

Delegating to honorary officers

Effective delegation to honorary officers is based on clear consideration and communication of the following 4 elements:

Understanding your constitution (SCNI)

This booklet has been produced by Supporting Communities NI to explain how community groups become legally constituted.


A Management Committee/Board can delegate authority for a task but not responsibility. They will still be held ultimately accountable for any decisions or actions taken.

Who's who?

Organisations in the voluntary and community sector involve people in many different roles and capacities.  The table below outlines how the management committee fit into this framework.

FAQs on the role of management committee members

There are a number of topics that come up frequently in queries regarding the role of management committees.

Info Sheet: Company Limited By Guarantee

A company limited by guarantee is an incorporated organisation.

What is the role of honorary officers?

The Management Committee will need some of its members to take on special roles to help it function effectively. These members are described as office-bearers or honorary officers.

What is the role of sub-committees?

The Management Committee must make all decisions affecting the organisation. However, some powers may be delegated to members, office bearers or to sub-committees.

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