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Board effectiveness reviews

Reviewing the effectiveness of a board of directors involves assessing its overall performance and its ability to fulfill its responsibilities. The Board and its activities should be reviews against a best practice governance framework.  Key aspects covered in the evaluation process:

  • Composition and Diversity: Evaluate the composition of the board, including its diversity in terms of skills, experience, backgrounds, and perspectives. Assess whether the board has a balanced mix of expertise relevant to the organisation's needs and if it reflects the diversity of the stakeholders it serves.

  • Board Structure and Governance: Review the board's structure and governance framework. Assess the effectiveness of board committees, the clarity of roles and responsibilities, and the adequacy of policies and procedures. Consider whether the board operates in accordance with best practices and complies with legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Board Meetings and Engagement: Evaluate the frequency, quality, and effectiveness of board meetings. Assess whether meetings are well-prepared, conducted efficiently, and allow for robust discussions and decision-making. Consider the level of engagement and participation of board members during meetings and their willingness to challenge and provide constructive input.

  • Strategic Oversight: Assess the board's involvement in setting the organisation's strategic direction and monitoring its implementation. Evaluate whether the board actively participates in strategic discussions, challenges assumptions, and provides guidance to management. Consider the board's ability to adapt and respond to changing internal and external circumstances.

  • Risk Management and Compliance: Evaluate the board's oversight of risk management and compliance practices within the organisation. Assess whether the board ensures the establishment of appropriate risk management processes, compliance programs, and internal controls. Consider the board's understanding of key risks and its ability to provide guidance on mitigating and managing those risks.

  • CEO Evaluation and Succession Planning: Assess the board's performance in evaluating the CEO's performance, providing feedback, and establishing appropriate compensation and incentives. Consider whether the board has a robust succession plan in place for key executive positions and whether it is actively involved in leadership development and talent management.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Evaluate the board's approach to stakeholder engagement, including its communication with shareholders, employees, customers, and other relevant parties. Assess the board's responsiveness to stakeholder concerns and its efforts to understand and incorporate stakeholder perspectives into decision-making.

  • Board Self-Assessment: Consider the board's own evaluation process, including its commitment to conducting regular self-assessments. Assess whether the board engages in reflective practices to identify areas for improvement and takes action to address identified gaps or weaknesses.


RedSeed can deliver a comprehensive Board Review process using a combination of desktop audit, Director interviews and a 360 assessment.

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