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Shared ownership

Questions you might ask yourself

  • Do the board and senior management share the same understanding of our ambitions?

  • Does the board feel able to act as advocate for the vision? Does it do so effectively?

  • Does our board see our work regularly?

What success looks like

  • Our board understands and fully supports our ambitions.

  • Our board challenges and supports us in a constructive way.

  • Our board receives regular and appropriate information.

  • Our board regularly experiences our work.


National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is an organisation which "gives voice and support to civil society" by supporting the voluntary and community sectors with advice and information.

Policy Governance

Policy Governance, established by John Carver and Miriam Carver, aims to offer a complete theoretical foundation for boards' governance role in business, not-for-profit and government organisations.

  • Policy Governance offers a board leadership framework created by Dr. John Carver, "designed to empower boards of directors to fulfil their obligation of accountability for the organisations they govern". This link takes you to an essay describing how the model works. The site also offers publications for sale on the subject.