Articles by Patrick Herd
Patrick is the Principal Consultant at Community Business Australia. He has organisational and consulting experience in the employment, education, training, disability, aged and community care industries and last 10 years in senior management positions. Patrick has a wealth of experience assisting boards, managers and staff to move through significant industry or cultural change and has assisted community businesses to work with federal and state government contracts.
Adapting Through Collaboration – The NIACC Alliance
There has been a lot written and spoken about mergers and amalgamations in the NFP sector in recent years. Indeed it has been all but impossible to go to an industry conference and pick up a publication that doesn’t have a presentation, comment or story about the “urge to merge”. In some cases, government has encouraged or facilitated mergers between particular not-for-profit service providers or amongst providers engaged in discreet areas of service delivery, such as disability employment providers and homelessness services.
Importance of Good Governance for CEOs
Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Boards enjoy a unique relationship, one that is built on key elements such as trust, professional integrity and honesty. The very survival of a CEO often comes down to their relationship with the Board. In this case study I will be emphasising five governance issues, governance learnings and possible governance tools and resources available to assist Boards and CEOs. In September 2008 the Board of an aged care organisation in far North Queensland, employing over 200 staff and one of the major employers in the town, determined that the relationship with the then CEO had deteriorated to the point where in their view termination was the only option.