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Environment Victoria is governed according to the Rules of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Victoria). Under the Rules of Association, the Environment Victoria Board is given wide powers to pursue the objects of the Association.
The Board of Environment Victoria operates as a governance board as outlined in the Policy “Role of the Board”. Under such a model, a variety of competencies and skills are required to successfully fulfil this role. Whilst all directors have broad governance responsibilities (many outlined and governed by legislation), it is desired that the Board of Environment Victoria will broadly include people who are:
- Environmental leaders
- Visionaries or strategic thinkers
- Practical people
- Analytical people
- Communicators who can deal with stakeholder groups
- Specifically, the Board of Environment Victoria desires to obtain a variety of members who have extensive knowledge and experience (+5 years) so as a whole, the following key areas are adequately covered:
- Strategic expertise
- Policy development
- Accounting and finance
- Risk management
- Fundraising and campaigning
- Organisational development, managing people and human resources
- Environmental science/knowledge
- Community engagement and social change
- Reflect the membership
+5 years experience at senior management level in at least one of the key composition areas as noted above in “Board Composition”.
To govern the organisation in accordance to legislation, the Rules of Association, the Role of the Board Policy and any other duties or policies that arise from time to time.
- Integrity – fulfilling a director’s duties and responsibilities, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests, acting ethically
- Curiosity and courage – a director must have the curiosity to ask questions and the courage to persist in asking or to challenge management and fellow board members where necessary
- Interpersonal skills – a director must work well in a group, listen well, be tactful but able to communicate their point of view frankly
- Genuine interest in the organisation and its business
- Instinct – good business instincts and acumen, ability to get to the crux of the issue quickly
- An active contributor – there is no room for those who do not contribute.
- Takes accountability and keeps commitments
- Minimum of 12 hours a month including Board and committee meetings
- Attendance and active participation at monthly board meetings and the AGM
- Willingness to actively serve on at least one committee, project or advisory role
- Attendance at a strategy day
- Public and professional support of EV and its activities
- Board members serve for a minimum two year term
Board members are normally elected by the membership at the AGM in line with the constitution.
The Board may however fill a casual vacancy until the AGM.
Board members are unpaid volunteers.