Additional responsibilities of Chair of a community Board

  • Chairing meetings of the community board.
  • Representing the community board to a high standard in the areas of activity and business delegated.
  • Promoting and supporting good governance by the community board.
  • Developing a clear understanding of the terms of reference of their community board, and of the scope and range of delegations in order to carry out the role of community board Chair.
  • Ensuring sufficient familiarity with parent council’s Standing Orders and procedures that they can chair community board meetings and any other sessions for which they have responsibility.
  • Undertaking sufficient preparation before the meetings they are chairing to allow them to effectively carry out the role of chair.
  • Ensuring meetings they chair operate within the powers delegated by the parent council as set out in the parent council’s Delegation Manual.
  • Managing the progress of business during meetings, including ensuring adherence to the parent council’s Standing Orders and to other statutory obligations and requirements.
  • Ensuring that all participants in meetings have an opportunity to make an appropriate contribution within the bounds of Standing Orders and due process.
  • Maintaining and ensuring due order and decorum throughout meetings they chair.
  • Commenting to the media (or other agencies) as the community board spokesperson, where delegated/ authorised to do so, on issues that pertain to the community board.
  • Liaising with appropriate council staff in respect of the areas of delegated council business for which the community board has responsibility.
  • Providing leadership to the community board in helping form a consensus that is representative of the community.
  • Working closely with other members of the community board to ensure smooth community board decision-making.
  • Keeping abreast of all issues facing the community board.