What is governance?

Governance means 'the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation'.


Who provides governance?


In voluntary and community sector organisations, governance is provided by the board of trustees. This group oversees the organisation, making sure it fulfils its mission, lives up to its values and remains viable for the future.

To do this, the board sets up a variety of systems to control and monitor the organisation's activity. It makes decisions along the way, altering the systems as needed. In doing this, the board carries out governance.


Why is governance important?


Good governance is key to the health and success of an organisation and is therefore high on the agenda in all sectors, public, private and voluntary. As voluntary and community organisations working for public benefit, we are increasingly held accountable for our outcomes and expected to demonstrate how well we are governed. Efficient and transparent systems of governance really are of paramount importance today.

RCVDA can help you with the development of governing documents, policies and procedures and guidance on all aspects of governance.