If your parks transformation process leads to a change in the legal model for your parks, this will have implications on how parks are governed. For instance, if you’re setting up a new charity to care for your parks, governance is usually through a Board of Trustees.


Developing an effective governance model is essential to the smooth running of your parks 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?


You may also consider innovative ways to build public accountability into a new governance model, for example through a Community Reference Group, or by committing to carry out an annual Impact Review. 


In the resources section, we provide a facilitators brief for leading Governance workshop activities to discuss governance requirements. 


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