Governance

Governance can be thought of as: 'the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation'. The Code of Good Governance distills this definition into 6 key principles of good practice.

Why is governance important?

Governance is high on the agenda in all sectors. As voluntary and community organisations working for public benefit, we are increasingly expected to demonstrate how well we are governed. Good governance is a vital part of how third sector organisations operate and are held accountable.

In the third sector, trustees take ultimate responsibility for the governance of their organisations. However, governance is not a role for trustees alone. More, it is the way trustees work with chief executives and staff (where appointed), volunteers, service users, members and other stakeholders to ensure their organisation is effectively and properly run and meets the needs for which the organisation was set up.

Support through ACEVO

ACEVO is able to offer a wide range of support around ensuring your governance is fit for purpose and strong enough to see your organisation through the good, and bad times. Services include:

  • CEO/Chair relationship development
  • Renewing your Board
  • Faciliated away days and Board Development
  • Governance Review Service
  • Dealing with a crisis: Mediation Service
  • A broad range of regularly updated publications
  • Masterclasses for CEOs and trustees

For more information on Governance support through ACEVO, contact olabisi.porteous@acevo.org.uk or call 020 7014 4600.

Members who have a governance question can use our Governance Helpline. Members who feel their organisation's governance is in crisis can call our CEO in Crisis service.