Governance Professional's Role
Governance Professional Role
According to the Instrument & Articles, as forming part of the FHEA 1992 as taking effect from 1 January 2008, The Clerk shall be primarily responsible for the following functions:
(a) advising the Corporation with regard to the operation of its powers;
(b) advising the Corporation with regard to procedural matters;
(c) advising the Corporation with regard to the conduct of its business; and
(d) advising the Corporation with regard to matters of governance practice.
The DfE states, ‘experienced, professional clerking provides an invaluable contribution to the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and compliance of the governing board. A professional clerk works in partnership with the chair to keep the board focused on its core strategic priorities, provides independent and expert advice and guidance to the board on its duties and functions, and delivers administrative support that makes everything work smoothly’.
The effective working relationship between the chair, principal and the governance professional, often referred to as the ‘triumvirate’, is critical to effective governance. Therefore, it is important the key competencies of an effective governance professional, are identified and ultimately achieved. The ICSA – The Governance Institute, has provided a Competency Framework for Governance Professionals and provides an excellent map for those looking to excel in the role. This is available as a download below.
The Effective Clerk: creating excellence in college governance
The AOC Governance Unit and the National Clerks Network (now the National Governance Professionals’ Special Interest Group), produced a useful document in 2015, entitled The Effective Clerk: Creating excellence in college governance.