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The NZVA Board
The NZVA Board is comprised of nine elected, and up to two appointed members. Board members are nominated by NZVA members. They are elected for a term of three years, at which time they will retire. Retiring members of the Board are eligible for re-election.
The NZVA Constitution and Rules describes the roles and responsibilities of the Board, the President and the Chief Executive Officer.
Board member responsibilities
The Board is responsible for the long-term health and prosperity of the NZVA and Foundation. Its role is to govern, not manage. The Board delegates day-to-day management to the Chief Executive Officer.
Board members represent the interests of both organisations and the members. The Board is entrusted to ensure that both organisations are managed according to “best practice” corporate governance, and in line with the respective constitutions and rules.
In summary the Board fulfils its responsibilities by ensuring:
NZVA members who would like to seek nomination to become Board members need to be aware that successful nomination means a significant commitment to both organisations over several years. Ideally, a Board member would contribute to the Board over two consecutive three-year terms. The development of governance skills takes time and personal development. Both boards need high-performing members to be effective and succession planning is essential to enable smooth transition as experienced Board members retire from their governance role.
All Board members are expected to contribute to Board meetings to the best of their ability. To facilitate this, NZVA will provide a comprehensive orientation into the affairs of both Boards and NZVA at large, its issues, current concerns, and financial position.
New Board members will be given governance training early within their first term so they have a good understanding of the governance role (if they have not already received the same).
Time commitment for Board members
The NZVA Board meets four times a year, usually in February, May, August and November. Most meetings are in Wellington. In addition, Board members are expected to attend the Branch Summit held in August, usually in conjunction with the August Board meeting, and to attend the NZVA national conference.
Board members are also expected to:
Board member person description
Board members must possess the following attributes:
Honesty and integrity, leadership, strategic thinking, commitment to excellence, adding value, decision-making, interpersonal and communication skills, organisational awareness, and financial understanding.
Board member job description