What skills does our board possess?
Potential board directors are assessed against specific skill criteria to ensure that chosen skills are present and maintained within the Board as a whole.
As a group, they hold a set of complementary skills or knowledge, such as:
- Board Director or executive leadership
- Strategic planning and policy development
- Business development
- Financial management
- Risk management
- Natural resource management
- Public Relations and/or fund raising in the not-for-profit sector
- Marketing, communications and community engagement
- Knowledge about compliance and legal issues
- Active interest and participation in environmental and volunteering activities
What does our board do?
Our Directors have a range of responsibilities:
- Developing and reviewing the corporate plan which sets our strategic direction
- Determining the scope within which we can implement the corporate plan
- Approving an annual budget that is developed to resource corporate plan objectives and operational activities
- Maintaining awareness of external factors that influence the organisation, such as government policy and plans, community activity or funding opportunities, and identifying the risks and opportunities for the organisation in response
- Monitoring the progress and quality of activities to ensure that we meet our obligations
- Monitoring our financial performance to ensure that we are legally compliant and performing strongly to budget
- Recruiting Board Directors when required
- Setting and reviewing the organisation’s policies to manage risk and embed good practice into all of our activities
- Attending meetings and events on behalf of the organisation to build and maintain relationships across community, business and government, and seek opportunities for the organisation
How does our board consult with the community on regional NRM issues?
Regional natural resource management (NRM) issues are identified in the Swan Regional Strategy for NRM. It provides an integrated planning framework for the management of the Swan Region’s natural resources, to ensure resources are directed towards actions with the greatest benefit.
The Strategy recognises and reflects the collective actions of a range of stakeholders; including research institutions, community groups, not for profit organisations, local, state and federal government departments and sub-regional groups, all of whom contribute to NRM in the Region.
The Strategy therefore belongs to all organisations that have an interest in managing natural resources and promoting sustainability in the Swan Region.
Perth NRM’s Board of Management recognises the Swan Region Strategy for NRM as the key document for determining how and where Perth NRM will contribute to managing the environment.
Where new or amended government or business strategies, policies or plans may impact on natural resource management and community consultation is invited, Perth Region NRM take an active role where possible in submitting feedback from a technical and professional perspective, or on behalf of the community.
What’s the benefit for my community group?
provide As a community not for profit organisation, we place a high value in working collaboratively with the community to increase the likelihood of successfully protecting our environment.
- We provide regular updates about grants, funding and partnership opportunities that are available
- We can provide assistance with developing grant submissions and funding requests.
- We can promote your events and activities to the broader community through our social media channels and on our website events calendar.
- We have a great network of like-minded individuals and community groups and can help you connect with others for mutual support and learning.
- You can have access to environmental and technical expertise through Perth Region NRM staff to help you deliver better outcomes.
- We hold educational workshops on range of issues that you may find useful.
- Each year we conduct a community capacity assessment survey and can help you identify exactly what your group needs to grow and develop.
Why did we move to a skills-based board?
In 2011 we moved from a representative committee to a skills-based board.
Our primary objective was to establish a ‘best practice governance’ structure that would allow the organisation to create value through effective operations, innovation and development and provide accountability and control systems to manage risk and reduce conflicts of interest.
The Board structure is just one of many elements that help to achieve that goal.
All of our Board Directors are members of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), including the CEO as a non-executive Director. We model our governance practices on the advice provided in the AICD’s ‘Good Governance Principle and Guidance for NFP’s, which reflect the ‘ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Principles and Recommendations’
Our governance framework is supported by documented strategies, plans and policies. The strategic and advisory roles of Board Directors in the management of Perth NRM are well understood, as is the role of the CEO in managing the day to day operations of the organisation.
How can the community provide their input?
If you have an idea for a project that will protect and preserve the environment in your area, why not get in touch with one of our staff? We keep a list of great community projects which are only waiting for the right resources to come along, perhaps through grant funds or partnerships with organisations.
If you want to know more about Perth NRM’s current programs or think you can add value to them, consider becoming a member.
If you have a concern or question about environment programs or policies, you can contact us to see if we have the answer; if we don’t we may know who does.
We encourage you to stay connected with us; find out what is happening in the region and take the opportunity to have your say.