|GOVERNANCECACHA’S Board of Directors – Who’s who & what is the Board’s Role|
President: Dr. D. Kilby
Vice President: Dr. Linda Newton
Secretary: Erica Bradbury
A/Treasurer: Christopher Fisher
Directors at large:
Dr. Jen Clow
Role of the Board
The role of the Board of Directors is to provide leadership and oversight of the activities of the organization. In both areas, it will strive to represent the interests of members and the broader community.
The work of the Board requires a balance of asking big questions, exploring possibilities, engaging in real dialogue, solving problems, and offering direction.
In providing leadership, the Board:
i. Consults with others inside and outside of the organization and, in providing oversight, ensures broad organizational accountability, transparency, and active and meaningful external communications.
ii. Works with the Executive Director in engaging external stakeholders in looking towards the future, reviewing the organization’s mission and objectives, and identifying the outcomes the organization is seeking and the strategies it will use to achieve them.
iii. Nurtures a culture in which collaborative leadership, continual learning, and transparency are broadly and deeply practiced. The more democratic and engaging an organization is, the more sustainable it becomes because the knowledge and skills needed to run the organization successfully are shared among many (staff, volunteers, and members), rather than being concentrated in a single person who might leave at any time.
The Board serves as an unwavering source of support for the staff, while at the same time helping them to reflect, question, experiment, and surface underlying assumptions.
The Board undertakes the following leadership roles in the functioning of the organization:
Reviewing quarterly statements and approving the annual budget.
Approving internal policies.
Revisiting the organization’s mission, vision, values and approach, in collaboration with staff, to ensure that they are still relevant and that the organization’s programming is in harmony with its mission.
Engaging in organization-wide evaluations, in collaboration with staff.
Engaging in strategic thinking and planning, in collaboration with staff.
Making sure that there is a strong process in place for making decisions about influencing public policy.
In providing oversight, the Board relies on assessing organizational performance in relation to goals and adherence to budget. The Board ensures that, through the creation of policies, the organization adheres to sound financial management, personnel, and service practices. The Board also relies on the systematic review of organizational activities through the implementation of policies, rather than by examining or advising on day-today decisions.
While maintaining a focus on their oversight role, it is quite normal for Boards to assist with some aspects of day-to-day operations, especially when there are no (or few) staff members and organizational processes are in their infancy. This assistance can consist of efforts to
Increase Member involvement (e.g. planning and implementing an AGM).
Fundraise, especially during periods of intense financial vulnerability or growth.
Influence public policy.
Nurture community partnerships and visibility, when individual Board Members have skills or knowledge that the staff do not have.
Resolve interpersonal conflicts that cannot be resolved at the staff level.
The Board takes responsibility for its own management, continuity, and renewal. It insures effective Board meeting practices, appropriate Director conduct, ongoing Board education, and continuing attention to the recruitment of new Members.
If you are interested in joining CACHA’s Board and/or learning more about the role of specific Director positions, please contact CACHA’s Executive Director by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) .