Good governance is at the heart of every impactful charity, and in Extern’s ours is award-winning.
We believe in excellence, innovation, and continual improvement in governance, and recently this has been recognised with Extern winning:
Good governance and transparent leadership enables our compliance with the law, and also all the relevant regulations we need to meet as a result of the demanding work we undertake across two jurisdictions.
It also allows us to promote a culture where everything we do is with the aim of fulfilling our charity’s vision and where the people we support are always at the centre of our decision-making.
Our commitment to Governance ensures Extern is compliant with The Charities Act (NI) 2008 and the Charities Act (NI) 2013 in Northern Ireland, and the Charities Act 2009 in the Republic of Ireland, as well as a range of additional company, employment, health & safety and Data Protection law etc.
The role of our trustees
We are fortunate in Extern to be led by an experienced, dedicated and innovative Board of Trustees who are all volunteers.
Our trustees are responsible for our governance and setting our strategic direction as a leading charity.
Extern operates in a Group structure consisting of Extern Group, Extern Ireland, Extern Northern Ireland, Extern Supporting Communities and Roscor Youth Village.
Appointing our TrusteesThe Chair of each company is appointed annually by the trustees. The appointment of new trustees is confirmed by election at the following AGM. Thereafter, they are eligible for re-election every three years. Directors may be re-elected twice with a maximum term of office of nine years.
We have a policy of retirement by rotation which means our Board of Trustees is continually rejuvenated. Our board also consider succession planning to ensure continued expertise when its most experienced members step down.
Trustees are elected by the Members of Association at the Annual General Meeting. They serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-election.
CommitteesOur board delegates some of its powers and responsibilities to a range of committees. These are: Audit and Risk, Business Development and Nominations & Remuneration.
Good Governance skillsIn order to ensure our Trustees are well equipped to undertake the role, Extern has an extensive governance induction and training programme. Every new trustee undergoes an orientation period with the Chair and Chief Executive in order to brief them on their legal obligations under Company Law, to go through the content of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the Board make-up, decision-making processes, the Strategic Plan and our recent financial performance.
New Trustees are also required to sign up to the Board’s Code of Conduct and are also required to complete and sign a Conflict of Interest document declaring any conflicts which either currently exist or may materialise during their term on the Board.
Board Apprentice Scheme
Extern is proud to be a member of Strictly Boardroom, a scheme aimed at bridging the gap between aspiration and reality for those wanting to serve on #NIBoards, and to encourage more women to apply for Board Membership. The scheme enables an ‘apprentice’ trustee to sit on our board and be mentored and for us to support a member of Extern staff to sit on the board of another organisation in order to help them to develop her skills with a view to becoming a trustee and sharing their experience in the future.
Extern celebrate winning its third national award for excellence, after scooping a top prize for its governance.
Winner of the Northern Ireland Leadership and Good Governance Awards 2017.
Download this year's annual report and see our plans and priorities for the year as well as our work over previous years.
Extern’s vital work would not be possible without the support of a range of organisations and agencies. In addition to receiving donations from the general public, we also gratefully acknowledge the support of the following: