Genesis Board Adopts Governance Code

On 23/6/2015 Genesis Board of Management formally adopted the Governance Code and began its journey…
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What is the Governance Code?
All Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how their organisations are run. It is the responsibility of the people who run the organisation, usually called the board or management committee – to make sure this happens.
Governance refers to how an organisation is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means an organisation will design and put in place policies and procedures that will make sure the organisation runs effectively.
The goverance code is a voluntary code of rules that a board can sign up to. It shows a boards commitment to setting best principles of management and structure for the entire organization.

Genesis Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Services

Principles of Good Governance
We, the board of management  of Genesis Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Services commit to:

Principle 1. Leading our organisation.
We do this by:
  • 1.1 Agreeing our vision,purpose and values and making sure that they remain relevant;
  • 1.2 Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan to make sure that our organisation achieves its stated purpose;
  • 1.3 Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.
Principle 2. Exercising control over our organisation.
We do this by:
  • 2.1 Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  • 2.2 Making sure there are appropriate internal financial and management controls;
  • 2.3 Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.
Principle 3. Being transparent and accountable.
We do this by:
  • 3.1 Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation;
  • 3.2 Responding to stakeholders’ questions or views about the work of our organisation and how we run it;
  • 3.3 Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.
Principle 4. Working effectively.
We do this by:
  • 4.1Making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their:role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making;
  • 4.2 Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective;
  • 4.3 Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes in place.
Principle 5. Behaving with integrity.
We do this by:
  • 5.1 Being honest, fair and independent;
  • 5.2 Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties;
  • 5.3 Protecting and promoting our organisation’s reputation.
We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles.
We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year
Damian Scattergood
Chairperson of Board
Date: 23/06/2015
Anne Smith
Secretary of the Board
Date 23/06/2015