Being on Board
What being on a Board involves
As a Board member or Chair of a public body you will often be involved in:
- Providing direction and leadership – this includes setting the organisation’s strategy, agreeing business plans to deliver the strategy and objectives;
- Holding senior staff to account – this includes holding managers to account on how the body is managed, how business plans are delivered and how the budget is spent;
- Attending Board meetings on a regular basis, being well prepared by reading relevant papers in advance; and
- Representing the work and views of the body – this might be to key stakeholders and the wider community.
Although Board members do not become involved in the day-to-day running of the public body, it is an incredible opportunity to lend your voice and opinion to sbujects that matter to you, whilst gaining new skills and valuable experience.
As part of the role you will take part in discussions, review paperwork, work with partner organisations, overseeing the preparation , approvale and implementation of corporate plans. It is a place for you to have a say and express your ideas, ensuring the organisation delivers on its corporate objectives and runs effectively.
Becoming a Board member could give you the opportunity to:
- Give something back and contribute your expertise to help the community and influence decisions that affect everyone’s lives;
- Return from a career break;
- Meet people from all walks of life who also want to make a difference; and
- Develop your career, gain board experience and boost your skills.