The management committee/board should ensure proper arrangements for the supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of all staff including the employee in the most senior position.

(Supporting principle to Principle 3 of The Code of Good Governance)

The management committee as the employer

Where an organisation involves paid staff, the Management Committee is ultimately the employer. They are therefore responsible for ensuring that systems and structures are in place to provide effective management and support.

Good people management helps to contribute to the organisation's overall effectiveness and its ability to achieve its objectives. Effective support mechanisms and appropriate remuneration help to retain staff commitment and expertise, to the long term benefit of the organisation and its beneficiaries.

The Management Committee have specific responsibility for providing direct support, supervision and appraisal for the most senior staff member. This role is usually carried out by the Chairperson. Beyond this, the Management Committee do not usually directly line manage staff or volunteers. However, they do need to ensure that:

  • Appropriate policies and procedures for managing staff and volunteers are in place;
  • Sufficient resources are provided to train and develop staff and volunteers to carry out their responsibilities; and
  • Staff and volunteers are properly supervised and account regularly for their work.

The Management Committee is also responsible for ensuring that the organisation's policies and practices are compliant with relevant legislation, are kept up to date and that its employment practices are at an acceptable standard.

Good relations between the committee and paid staff, and between paid staff and volunteers, are vital. They help to ensure that the management committee remain well-informed and in control of the activities of the organisation and that staff are in touch with the strategic direction and vision of the organisation.

More on managing committee/staff relations

This section introduces some of the basics around managing paid staff. However, expert information and advice on these issues is widely available. We have therefore focused on signposting to the best of existing sources of information and advice, both within the voluntary and community sector and beyond.

Employment:  where can I go for more information?