Board Member

Individual board members across all sectors have specific responsibilities to deliver upon. On appointment to the board, new directors/board members of state bodies should be provided with induction training. This should include guidance on the board member's responsibilities, duties and the standards of conduct to be met.

Under the Companies Acts 2014, Board members have fiduciary duties which are owed to the organisation, and the organisation alone. The principal fiduciary duties are to:

Board members should contact the secretary to the relevant state body to inform themselves as to their legal responsibilities and to familiarise themselves with the requirements of company law and such other statutory provisions which have relevance for them in the exercise of their functions.

Each body should have a written code of business conduct for directors. All Board members should abide by their code of business conduct which they should have signed.

Board members are appointed on the basis of the expertise that they are expected to bring to the body. Therefore, board members' specific roles may vary depending on the nature of the state body, their expertise and the capacity in which they have been appointed, whether as a chairperson or ordinary member. Generally a board member will be expected to: