Monday, January 13, 2014

Good Governance Starts in Our Community



There is no question that Boards play an integral role in the success of any organisation. In the past 10 years, as the not for profit sector has increased its contribution to Australia’s GDP, the governance and composition of its boards has also come under scrutiny.

Board composition and diversity as well as topical issues are significant factors that directly impact on a Board’s effectiveness. Of late, a majority of the research has been focused on gender diversity leaving age diversity unrealised.

In 2013 Southcare in partnership with Baptistcare and MercyCare used a social innovation grant to address this disparity with its ‘Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards and Committees’ program.

The following provides a snapshot of the success of the project:

  • 20% of Young Leaders Program participants attained Board positions
  • 25% of Young Leaders Program participants attained Board Director Traineeships
  • 20% of participants attained Committee positions
  • four dynamic Unconventions hosted with 30 – 60 participants in attendance at each session
  • His Excellency, Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of WA enthusiastically launched the online toolkit which can be found on our website
Anecdotally CEOs and Board Directors also saw great benefit in engaging young leaders in the sector and developing partnerships. Southcare itself was pleased to play a leading role in the further development and nurturing of these young leaders and late last year welcomed one of them, Ms Ashley Dawson as a full member onto the Southcare Board of Directors.

Southcare has recently launched the prospectus for the 2014 Engaging Young Leaders on Community Boards Program and extends an invitation to community organisations to participate in this progressive and proactive approach to Board leadership, governance and management.

To download a prospectus go to or contact Dr Nicky Howe CEO of Southcare on 9450 6233 or [email protected]  

We need to take action to begin the process of ensuring sector development and succession planning - it starts in our community.




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