Articles written by Chris Franks
Chris is a company director with over 14 years governance experience; currently serving as Chair of Habitat for Humanity Australia, Acting Chair of RESULTS International Australia, director of NSW Kids & Families, and director of Family Planning NSW. She is also a member of several audit & risk, governance and international advisory committees. Chris has worked as a director on a number of financial services, personal insurance and health insurance boards including CUA, CUA Health, and Credicorp Insurance. A keen interest in international aid and development has resulted in thirty-five years of volunteering and board roles including as Chair of the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee, receiving the inaugural ACFID Award for Outstanding Service to the Aid and Development Sector in 2006. Chris is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.
The Critical Dos and Don’ts of NFP Board Recruitment
We have all struggled with recruitment and we know that the smaller our organisation the greater our responsibility to get it right. We also know that many more people today are keen to find a board role so identifying the right candidate is even more challenging. In my experience there are a couple of overarching principles that guide the appointment of directors: First, candidate skills and experience must closely match the position requirements without compromise, as your board needs the best new director available.
Director Recruitment – The Habitat for Humanity Approach
No longer are board positions in not-for-profits simply given to a willing friend of the Board or CEO. Recruiting directors with the right values, skill, experience and commitment is one of the key responsibilities and most important undertakings of a board and is arguably even more important for not-for-profit (NFP) boards. Search and selection of directors with the right skills to contribute to the growth and development of Habitat for Humanity Australia (HFHA) is challenging as we operate in an increasingly complex environment with greater compliance burden and higher expectations of efficiency, accountability and transparency.