Having an effective governance structure is essential to the smooth running of a Parks Trust and for building public and political confidence.
Governance roles broaden the experience and skills in your organisation and if effectively recruited and supported your Board can enable you to tap into a wider network of leaders and advocates that can help the Parks Trust to deliver its ambitions.
The role of governance is:
- to set strategic aims and objectives and overall direction
- to keep the organisation focused on why it exists and what it needs to achieve
- to be legally accountable for the organisation
The legal structure that you choose will also bring with it certain governance requirements (e.g. Members and Trustees are required for a charity).
When considering governance structures, it is helpful to think about the following questions:
- How will you ensure accountability to the public and asset owners?
- How will you ensure the right level of skills at Board level?
- Will your governance enable the new organisation to fly? Will it enable quick decision making and an entrepreneurial approach?
- Will your governance structure be easy to understand and proportionate in terms of administration requirements and cost?
In the resources section, we provide a facilitators brief for leading Governance workshop activities to discuss governance requirements.
By working with Shared Assets, the National Trust has developed a model for governance for a city-wide Parks Trust.