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Delegating to Staff and Volunteers
As an organisation grows, the majority of its activities will be carried out by paid staff or volunteers. Indeed, most organisations find that delegation to individuals beyond the management committee is necessary in order for all of the work of their organisation to be completed.
The Management Committee/ Trustee Board is not only required to be accountable, but to be able to demonstrate this to stakeholders through ensuring that appropriate systems and procedures are in place. By doing so, they reduce their risks of personal liability should things go wrong.
The Management Committee becomes an employer as soon as the organisation recruits paid staff. Whilst the Committee is not expected to be expert in all the associated legal responsibilities, they are required to keep up to date with changes and ensure they access expertise and advice where necessary.
Ensuring Effective Committee/Staff Relations
Good relations between the management committee and paid staff and/or volunteers are vital to ensuring the smooth and effective running of the organisation. They help to ensure a shared vision, informed planning and effective delivery of the organisation's objectives.
Help! Defining the Committee Member's Role
For many organisations, the role of Management Committee members is implicitly understood rather than having been written down and agreed. However, your Management Committee members will operate more effectively if there is a clear, written outline of their purpose and role.