Support for Organisations: Governance

Good Governance

Good governance is a vital part of how third sector organisations operate and are held accountable.  Having an effective board is key to ensuring you can deliver your responsibilities as a leader.

Governance is a term used to describe the trustees’ role in:

  • the long term direction of the charity, including its objectives or purposes 
  • implementing policies and activities to achieve objectives
  • complying with legal requirements 
  • accountability to those with an interest or 'stake' in the charity.

Good governance should happen throughout a charity. The trustee board is responsible for good governance but they rely on many different people to be able to govern well: staff, volunteers, advisors and stakeholders alike.