Using a Facilitator

Any module can benefit from the use of a third party expert in governance. That person could simply be given a copy of the report to consider and discuss with the relevant people. In some cases, you may have them run the assessment as the module administrator as well. The Governance Framework [whole of board] assessment in particular benefits from an independent perspective. That person will likely seek further information in areas where the board's self-assessment indicates a variable understanding. That may be plans, policies, constitution, board papers etc. The Governance Mark process requires a SportNZ accredited assessor.

"Very beneficial and worthwhile for the governance development of our board." Mark Bowater, chair, New Zealand Recreation Association
"The Governance Mark programme has enhanced our board governance processes and given confidence to our stakeholders that we are focused in the right place. I thoroughly recommend the Mark to others." Hetty Van Hale, Former Chair Badminton New Zealand
"As a board the GM process has helped us gain clarity and apply focus where needed. In addition, it has supported us to formalise a number of areas needing some attention. It has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience and a valuable process." Nick Tongue, Chair, Swimming New Zealand
"Before the Governance Mark the board were too focused on the day-to-day. The Mark gave us a road map for how we should operate. It was obvious once we started how far we had to go. To the board's credit all the trustees realised this was the way forward for the organisation with one board member dedicated to ensuring we progressed. You could see the shift in focus and confidence meeting by meeting" Rob Torrance, Chair, Special Olympics New Zealand