Governance – 'the systems and processes concerned with ensuring the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation from Cornforth via ChangeUp (2004)
Governance is not so much about doing as thinking and shaping, directing and delegating, monitoring and reflecting, setting targets and supporting the achievement of targets and taking responsibility for all that happens within an organisation. Authority may be delegated but responsibility cannot - not ultimate responsibility. In an organisation with several staff and volunteers there should be little actual doing by the board. Whatever else it is, it is about leadership - knowing where the organisation is going and then putting processes in place to get it there.