The Chairperson is a key function of the Board. Effective chairing is necessary for an effective Board and good governance. Overall, the Chairperson has a key role in the leadership of the Board and the conduct of its business. Some of their responsibilities include:
- Effectively manage the Board Agenda, while ensuring that adequate time is available for discussion on all agenda items, and particularly, strategic issues;
- To promote openness and debate among Board members and facilitate the contribution of all the members and key management individuals;
- To ensure that the Board is supplied with the relevant information which is accurate, timely and clear and which is of suitable quality to enable Board members to carry out their duties in a satisfactory and appropriate manner;
- To ensure, with the Board Secretary, that there are good information flows within the Board and with the Committee, senior management and other key governance functions;
- To maintain an adequate skill-set on the Board to allow it to conduct its business;
- To effectively communicate and report to the organisation's stakeholders;
- To ensure, along with the Board, that there is an adequate system of internal control in place in the organisation;
- To ensure that board members understand their corporate roles and responsibilities;
- To ensure that the board carries out its functions efficiently and effectively;
- To establish an appropriate relationship between the Board and the executive, which achieves a balance between support and challenge.
As the ultimate leadership for the Board and the organisation, the Chairperson is required to display high standards of integrity and probity and set high expectations regarding culture, values, and behaviours for the organisation.