The composition and characteristics of governing bodies, including size of membership and the knowledge, skills and expertise of the members are important factors affecting a governing body’s effectiveness. Mindful of the risks of ‘group think’, attention also needs to be given to the diversity of the membership.
This briefing note is part of a series of downloadable summaries that have been designed to support you in addressing different aspects of governance or to be disseminated as a helpful resource to colleagues who are new to particular areas of governance. Each draws on the latest thinking and legalisation, providing a helpful guide to re-familiarise yourself with specific issues as they arise. Each briefing note offers up-to-date information, further reading, links and questions to consider on a range of governance issues.