The process for appointing a chair varies according to the constitution or rules of an organisation. Some are appointed, some are voted for by owners and others may be elected by fellow directors/trustees.
The chair, along with the Chief Executive, represents the organisation to owners, stakeholders, the financial community and the general public. The chair is the key link between the board and management.
The main responsibilities of a board chair are to:
- Lead strategic planning
- Manage relationships
- Ensure risks to the organisation are managed
- Monitor performance of the Chief Executive
- Encourage all board members to contribute to debate and decision-making
- Manage board processes
The chair is expected to:
- Conduct efficient board meetings
- Set annual meeting timetables
- Set meeting agendas
- Determine board information packages
- Ensure board papers are distributed in advance of meetings
- Establish board committees and define terms of reference
- Attend committee meetings where appropriate
- Make sure the board's resources are being well and appropriately used
More information for Māori Trust Boards
Board members elect a chair at the first meeting of each board following the triennial appointment of its members.