Many thanks to those who have recently fed into our Strategic Planning processes through the PaD Day and also the Governance Workshop. We have now a large amount of feedback and stakeholder inputs that our Board will bring together. Our aim will be to adopt the Strategic Plan at our AGM on the 22nd May following further sharing/consultation on draft documents. Please put this date in your diary.
Thank you for your engagement in this process. The collated feedback from both the PaD and Governance Workshop is available for you to view as follows. The Board and LESNW Secretariat will continue to work through the responses in the coming weeks.
A number of years ago a parcel of land at Aston Hills was donated to the LESNW. In the years subsequent to that donation there have been a number of investigations and discussions about potential use of the site. It has been the conclusion and resolution of our Board that this parcel of land be acquired by the Cornerstone community for future use and development by them. A large amount of due diligence has gone into this and I would like to express the Board’s gratitude to the donors for their generosity and patience as things have been worked through.
At our Board meeting this week we undertook the process of electing office bearers. I was re-elected as Chair and Matt Schmidt (from the GSPV community) as Vice Chair. Paul Bert (from the Faith Tanunda community) was elected as Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit committee and Heather Briggs was elected to our Governance Committee. We still have a number of vacancies on all of these groups and in the coming weeks contact will be made with suitable candidates.
System Review Tools
Our Board endorsed a project being undertaken by Steve Sanders (with support from other secretariat staff) to develop a suite of ‘System Review Tools’ which will be informing and impacting as Learning Communities navigate their way through improvement and development processes.
One of the key drivers for Learning Communities to drive site improvement and development is the collection of data and inputs from stakeholders. It’s for that reason that our Board has determined that all LESNW Learning Communities will continue to engage in the longitudinal Quality School survey. Di Eckermann communicated with Learning communities recently regarding the process around this and should you have any questions please follow them up with her.
I commend to you the most recent edition of the publication ‘Board Matters’. There’s a wealth of material in it for all of us and both messages of encouragement and challenge:
The Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Commitment of the Board
An engaged nonprofit board is a source of challenge and inquiry that adds value without meddling. They are the champions of the organisation who make a CEO more effective but not all-powerful. The high-performance board, like any high-performance team, is competent, coordinated, cohesive and focused. According to leadership consultant Patrick Jinks, the full
engagement of a nonprofit board involves the level of intellectual, physical and emotional commitment that members consistently demonstrate to the organisation and its mission. Engagement comes in many shapes and sizes, from a financial contribution to a meaningful presence at board meetings, and from community ambassadorship to stakeholder door-opening and relationship-building.
LESNW Board Chair