“Although we hadn’t identified any specific governance issues to be addressed the Board saw Governance Evaluator as an opportunity to learn more about good governance and any gaps we might have.
As a Chair, there are 2 aspects of the platform that I have found particularly helpful. Firstly the initial Board evaluation. This highlighted there were areas where as a Board we all saw deficiencies to address but also there were areas where there was significant variation within the Board members answers. This prompted conversations as to whether we had not communicated processes that were in place or had significantly different understanding of our roles and responsibilities.
Secondly was the resource library. We have made use of a number of these resources.
The annual evaluation process has enabled us to focus our attention on the governance aspects to address, and then forcing a structure through the action plan to follow up on what we planned to do. There is no doubt that it has highlighted issues that would not have occurred to us in the course of normal Board business.”
Geoff Caddy, Chair, Bethany