roles and responsibilities
Good leadership by management committees enables groups and organisations to operate efficiently and effectively. Its basis must be a clear understanding of the governance role and of the dynamics of the organisation for which the committee is responsible. More on the role of the management committee.
What is the role?
Do you know:
- The exact role and responsibilities of your Management Committee members?;
- The level of commitment actually required?; and
- The skills and qualities required to carry out the role effectively?
Don't be afraid of scaring off potential applicants! It is much better to be up front about what is involved in the role than have someone resigning prematurely because the role was not what they expected.
The Management Committee/Board of a charitable company being the Company Directors have specific legal duties and responsibilities.
Limited companies can include a company limited by guarantee, a company limited by shares or a community interest company. Your company may or may not also be a charitable organisation.
Tax is a complex area and specialist advice may be needed to ensure that your obligations are being met in this area.
All organisations have an obligation to pay tax. Charities are entitled to tax exemptions and relief from Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. In order to claim tax exemptions charities in Northern Ireland must be registered with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The following pro-forma will assist you to draw up a role description for the Management Committee and office-bearers. Use a separate sheet for each role.
Click here for examples of role descriptions used by other organisations.
Whether you are organising induction for new members or you have just joined a management committee, this checklist summarises the information and documentation which new members will require to be able to carry out their role effectively.
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.
Who are they?
What do they do?
(may also be called Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Executive Committee etc).
This has a number of implications which you should be aware of:
1. Duties of Company Directors
Since October 2007, there are now statutory duties of company directors, under the Companies Act 2006. All Management Committee members need to be aware of their duties to:
A sub-committee is a small group of people assigned to focus on a particular task or area, such as finance or personnel. A sub-committee generally makes recommendations to the Management Committee for decision. However, if your governing document gives you the power to do so, the Management Committee may delegate aspects of decision-making to a sub-committee. Regardless, any decisions made by such groups remain the responsibility of the whole Management Committee.
In summary, the Secretary is responsible for:
It is important to note that although the Secretary ensures that these responsibilities are met, much of the work may be delegated to paid staff or volunteers.