Governance Code: Learning to Fly

Note: The Governance Hub developed the document ‘Learning to Fly’ to promote principles of good governance to small organisations and community groups and to complement the full Governance Code developed by the Hub.  The main headings are summarised here.  It can be useful as a reminder of good practice but can be difficult to tailor to a particular organisation. Click here to see ‘Learning to Fly’ pdf.

Sort Out Who Does What

  • Be in charge.
  • Make sure everyone knows what they have to do.
  • Delegate.

Read the Flight Manuals

  • Follow your own rules.

Get Ready for Takeoff

  • Get the ‘house keeping’ right.
  • Get the finances right.
  • Plan for problems.
  • Prepare for risks.
  • Seek professional or specialist advice when needed.

Obey air traffic control

  • Check which laws and regulation apply to your organisation.

Know where you’re going – keep on course

  • Know where you’re going
  • Be organised.
  • Keep it clean.
  • Equality.

In-flight: controls and instruments

  • Control.
  • Monitor Progress.
  • Keep on eye on finances.
  • Make the meetings work.

In-flight announcements

  • Consult and inform

Maintenance tips

  • Review your performance.
  • Review the organisation’s work
  • Support the committee
  • Review how things are done

Governance Pages 2008 


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This site is aimed at those who govern (control) small organisations - whether they are charities, companies, both or neither. Those who govern them may be called a variety of names. We have chosen to use mainly 'management committee' and occasionally 'committee member' or 'trustee'. more...
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