How well does your committee know its role and carry out its responsibilities? Use this handy checklist to review your committee's performance.
Want to go one step further? Use the Management Committee Self Assessment Worksheet to plan and document what steps you will take to improve your committee's performance.
A checklist of key steps which management committees can take to help create a positive basis for their relationship with staff and volunteers.
Healthy conflict, in which conflicting viewpoints are debated, can be of significant benefit to an organisation, if it is effectively managed. However unhealthy conflict can divert energy, demoralise staff and volunteers, and prevent the organisation from fulfilling its mission.
Voluntary organisations are strongly value-based, and may experience intense conflicts about directions and policies. Others have difficulty due to conflicting roles or personal differences.
If allowed to persist, damaging conflict can harm the ability of the organisation to fulfil its mission. They can put off potential funders and donors, placing the organisation's finances at risk and damaging the organisation's reputation. As a result, staff and volunteers can become demoralised and service users or beneficiaries can be placed at risk.
Typically chaired by the Treasurer, it provides an opportunity for detailed discussion and consideration of financial matters, with regular reporting to the full management committee. It may be given delegated authority for some financial decision-making, but the Management Committee as a whole remains accountable and must still remain actively engaged in financial matters.
In order to be effective, the Secretary of the Management Committee should ensure that they carry out the following activities:
Qualities, skills, knowledge
A good treasurer will:
Most management committees/boards have some sort of challenge with individual members. Here's some examples with ideas regarding how you can handle this effectively.
Remember! All committee members have a valuable role to play. The diversity of membership, with differing backgrounds, skill-sets, experience and personalities can be a source of strength for the organisation if effectively managed.
This governance health check is a self assessment tool which has been devised by the Developing Governance Group as a practical resource to assist committees/boards to work towards adhering to the principles of the Code of Good Governance.
In practice, much of the day-to-day work of most organisations will be delegated to the staff, whether paid or voluntary. For this reason and in order to develop good committee/staff relations, the management committee should ensure that the organisation has: