Board Evaluation of Large Business Membership Organisation

  • Assess the current governance and performance of the Board against good practice
  • Identify the issues that need to be addressed and the priority of these issues

Our 3 Step approach

  1. Planning and Initiation
  2. Consultation and Gap Analysis
  3. Recommendations

1. Plan

Discuss review with the Chair to agree the objectives and scope of the evaluation, including:
  • Specific questions for consultation and any specific client needs or issues
  • Board briefing on the process, their involvement, confidentiality and the outputs.
  • Gather and review relevant Board documentation, including for example:
    • Strategic Plan and Annual Report
    • Governance Manual
    • Board policies
    • Constitution
    • Terms of reference and composition for Board and/or Board committees
    • Samples of Board papers

2. Consultation and Gap Analysis

  • Conducted separate online self-evaluation surveys for the Board and Senior Management.Each survey gathered the differing perspectives of Board members, the Company Secretary and Senior Management on the Board’s strengths and/or weakness over a range of governance issues based on approximately 70 targeted questions using the Likert Scale.
  • Undertook initial analysis of key issues emerging from the surveys as a basis for follow individual and confidential discussions.
  • Conducted telephone interviews with Board members, Company Secretary and senior management to get their perspective on how well the Board works.

3. Recommendations

  • Reviewed findings from self-evaluation tools and interviews; extracted key messages, issues, challenges etc.
  • Develop recommendations for improvements going forward
Key issues arising in this Board evaluation included:
  1. Inadequate focus on risk
  2. Lack of independence on the board
  3. Inadequate time spent on the future
  4. Poor Board and committee attendance
Recommendations to address the issues above included:
  1. Assess risk appetite of the Board and develop a risk register with quarterly reporting against it
  2. Develop specification for and recruit two NEDs
  3. Develop an annual workplan for the Board to ensure that 40% of their time is spent on the future and delegate more to existing or new committees.
  4. Develop and enforce an attendance policy

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