The Governance Forum

About Us

Our Vision

To strengthen and empower communities, by supporting third sector organisations, through leadership and governance solutions.

Every organisation should strive for a clear and succinct vision. The elected leadership have the responsibility of delivering their stated aims and objectives. We have identified three main leadership principles that are paramount in governance:

Defining the vision and communicating it well – The board is required not only to set the strategy but communicate it effectively to all relevant stakeholders, in particular employees, as they are responsible for implementing the strategy.

Motivating employees towards that vision – The way in which the board of trustees operate and the relationship with the Chief Executive is crucial. How a board motivates its management and states its objectives will be a fundamental leadership requirement.

Trustworthiness and confidence – An open and transparent framework that promotes stakeholder involvement should underpin the organisations requirements in an effective board.

In recent years, the third sector has witnessed increased influence from the private sector and its own governance guidelines, which in turn, has been influenced by a number of governance codes and policies, from Cadbury to the Combined Code.

In voluntary and community sector organisations, governance is provided by the board of trustees or directors. This group oversees the organisation, making sure it fulfils its mission, lives up to its values and remains viable for the future. To do this, the board sets up a variety of systems to control and monitor the organisation’s activity. It makes decisions along the way, altering the systems as needed.”

2006 National Governance Hub for England