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In line with its statutory duties, the Board has ultimate responsibility for leading Good Law Project as follows:
The Board is responsible for leading the organisation. It sets the direction of the organisation, and approves policy and strategy aligned with the direction. It expects the Senior Management Team (SMT) to contribute to the development of direction, strategy and policy but is ultimately responsible for the direction of the organisation. Board members have particular expertise, wisdom and experience that they use to provide support to the SMT. The Board represents the organisation with external stakeholders and accepts collective accountability for the organisation’s work in the public interest.
2. Values and Culture
The Board is responsible for upholding and supporting Good Law Project’s values and identity. It will lead by example and ensure that Good Law Project’s culture and values are developed and adopted appropriately.
3. Mission and Strategy
The Board sets the mission and strategic objectives of the organisation. It approves the strategy for the organisation, taking account of the wider regulatory and risk landscape, and ensures that it is designed to achieve the mission and objectives it has agreed upon. When approving the strategy, it takes account of short-term pressures but also maintains sight of broader long-term trends.
The Board monitors the work and performance of the organisation and holds the SMT to account for its delegated responsibilities. Where necessary it will constructively challenge the SMT. It aims to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the workings of the organisation to be answerable for its actions, yet able to stand back from the day-to-day management of the organisation in order to retain an objective, longer-term view.
5. Good Governance
The Board is responsible for ensuring that sound and effective governance arrangements are in place so that the organisation can operate in accordance with the good governance principles and organisational values agreed by the Board. Each Board member is expected to contribute personally to the successful implementation of the governance principles and the achievement of the organisation’s aims, objectives and mission, and to accept collective responsibility for the Board operating in accordance with this role statement.
Good Law Project – The Role of the Chair of the Board
The Chair’s responsibilities relate primarily to managing the Board and ensuring its effectiveness. The Chair’s responsibilities include: