Governance

The Speech Language Communication Company (SLCo) is led by a board of trustees, whose skills and knowledge will help build the new charity’s profile and create a vision for the future.

A range of  business and professional skills help better shape essential components of the charity’s business and operational models.

The Board will evolve over time to its capacity for 11 members over time. The SLCo Parent Network and the voices of children and young people will help shape and inform the work of the charity as they are the charity’s most vital assets.

Framework

  • The Board establishes the framework for SLCo
  • Creates and updates the mission and vision statements
  • Defines what benefits SLCo will provide to whom and what it will cost
    to deliver them
  • Determines how performance will be measured

Direction

  • The Board sets the direction for SLCo
  • Sets goals and approves and monitors the strategic plan
  • Develops policies, including the policies that govern how the board will operate

Accountability

  • The Board is responsible for the behaviour and performance of board members and the     executive
  • Establishes the code of ethics for the board and Executive Director, including policies and conflict of interest, and sets the tone and values for the organisation’s behaviour
  • Establishes the outcomes the Executive Director is assigned to achieve
  • Monitors financial and operational performance. Evaluates the Executive Director based on achievement of outcomes and compliance with predefined requirements
  • Serves as the source of appeal within the organisation
  • Selects an auditor and receives the audit report

Good Will and Support

  • The Board  represents SLCo to the outside world and provides support and counsel to the Executive Director
  • Supports the organisation by making personal donations, garnering resources and advisers and assisting with fundraising
  • Serves as the organisation’s ambassador to other agencies, funders and potential funders and the general community
  • Communicates the value of the organisation to prospective donors
  • Attracts donors, supporters, favourable press, and new board members

Statement of the Board

  • SLCo believes that all of its funds should be used to support the voice of a child
  • SLCo values its donors and will not send donation requests
  • Salary policy – SLCo conducted a job evaluation exercise which determined fair and transparent remuneration for its staff. SLCo operates a pay policy whereby the highest-paid employee never earns more than 3 times the lowest-paid employee.  That equates to a 3:1 wage ratio.