Articles written By Better Boards
Better Boards connects the leaders of Australasian non-profit organisations to the knowledge and networks necessary to grow and develop their leadership skills and build a strong governance framework for their organisation.
Navigating the Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a key fixture in any not-for-profit organisations calendar, but all too often it is treated as a tick the box exercise. But how can we turn the AGM from a box ticking exercise into an opportunity? How can we set ourselves up for AGM success? How can we avoid both common and unexpected AGM issues or challenges? This panel, chaired by Garry Barnes from Vital Advisory, will explore these questions and much more, including:
What is a board?
“Board” is one of several names used to signify the group of people assigned the responsibility to govern an organisation, company or other similar entity. A board is a legal requirement of a number of different forms of for-profit and non-profit organisations. Your organisation’s board might be called the board of directors, board of trustees, committee, management committee, council, governing body, responsible entity, or one of a variety of other names, depending on your organisation’s legal form or constitutions.
The Uncomplicated Guide to Getting Board Reporting Right
Many non-profit executives and directors may dread writing board reports, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Arnold Wong, a Fellow and National Treasurer of the Australian Computer Society understands the foundations behind effective board reporting. He discussed the basic skills required through a helpful lens in a recent webinar with Better Boards. We’ve compiled some key points here in this brief article to help you approach your board reporting with confidence.
Building Better Business Cases for your Board
In this panel Gavin, Alison, Alex and Cathy will explore how best to build a business case with your Board including: The strategic framework that helps set the scene for investment and growth How to make the case in the language of Boards The measures and parameters to support decisions Using case studies from experience Covering a range of investments areas including business development and revenue sustainability Panellists Gavin Coopey – Director @ More Strategic (Panel Moderator)
What Makes a Great Company Secretary?
What Makes a Great Company Secretary? At one of our recent webinars on the Role of the Company Secretary, Kristy Huxtable, Head of Company Secretariat at Australian Retirement Trust, shared insights from her experiences in the role. We’ve gathered together some key points from the webinar into a brief article to assist those donning the Company Secretary hat. A boardroom can be an intimidating setting. For it to be less so, each person involved in an NFP’s management and its board should understand the intricacies of their given role.
Climate Risk Governance - NFP boards & directors' duties
In this presentation attendees will gain a contemporary understanding of climate-related financial risks (and opportunities) which is a necessary foundation for a robust system of corporate governance. The presentation will cover: the evolution of climate change from an ’environmental’ issue to one that presents material financial risks (and opportunities) over mainstream investment horizons; physical and economic transition (including policy/regulatory, technology and investor/customer preference shifts), and litigation risks for NFP boards; the corporate governance ’new normal’ – heightened expectations of both regulators and other stakeholders on climate risk management and disclosure; and recommended ’next steps'.
NFP Directors and their EOFY Responsibilities
What are the key considerations for directors in carrying out their end-of-year financial responsibilities? As the Director of an NFP organisation, your financial responsibilities relating to the end of financial year are not a last-minute exercise, but can stretch over a good deal of the year. In this session Kathy and David will: explore the key things you should be alert to before the financial year closes highlight how to make the most of your audit completion report or management letter provide tips to ensure that your organisation is working towards a no-surprises EOFY all through the year.
Securing Great Directors, Joining Great Boards (Panel Discussion)
Is your board seeking new directors or are you a prospective director who is thinking of making the move from executive to a board? Join our expert panellists for a session where they will discuss considerations applicable to both prospective directors and existing board members looking to recruit new directors. This panel will give both groups a deeper understanding of what the other is looking for and how they can both create value for organisations.
The Great Resignation...or the Great Rethink
The board’s role in cultivating a culture where employees feel they matter The “Great Resignation” has created a flurry of talent leaving the for profit sector in search of more meaning from their 9 to 5, and the not-for-profit sector is well positioned to capitalise on this watershed moment. Unfortunately, the sector is fatigued and at risk of burnout, with a 31% increase in people feeling frustrated, cynical, or exhausted at work since the pandemic began.