Responsibilities of the Board
1 As a part of their shared corporate responsibility Governors are expected to play their part in ensuring that the role of the Board is fully and properly discharged.
2 All Governors are expected to show the highest loyalty to the College and act in good faith in its best interests. Thus, each member of the Board strives to act diligently and independently whilst, as the same time, paying due attention to the imperative of collective responsibility. Governors must ensure that they operate within the legal framework which has been established for the College and observe the duties set out for them in the Memorandum and Articles and the Standing Orders.
Principles of Service
3 The Board expects Governors to conform to the principles laid down by the Nolan Committee for people holding public office, namely: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.
4 Governors must also commit themselves unreservedly to, and sign, the Code of Conduct for Governors.
5 Governors are expected to complete annually a declaration registering any beneficial or pecuniary interests, commercial or charitable, that they or any person closely associated with them may have or acquire.
6 In line with the RNC’s Safeguarding Policy, prior to their appointment and periodically as necessary, Governors are required to agree to, and supply information for, an enhanced check to be made of records held by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
7 Governors are expected to:
- attend regularly (at Board and Committee meetings)
- contribute actively to discussion
- be a member of at least one but not more than two Committees in area(s) which make the best use of their interests and skills
- become involved in ad hoc groups where their experience will be of particular value
- take part in Governor training and development events to support and develop understanding of RNC and the context in which it operates
- develop an understanding of visual impairment and related issues
- participate in the annual review of Board performance
- respond to the annual audit of Governor expertise
- reply promptly to requests for information and to consultations
- attend events (such as award presentations etc.) so as to gain an appreciation of the work of the College and to meet students, staff and stakeholders
- participate in any Governor Link scheme with staff or aspects of provision
- aim to keep abreast of relevant external developments and emerging needs
- champion the cause of the College and its important position as a national specialist institution whenever and wherever possible
- give any additional assistance as may be reasonably requested by the Chair.