“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker
When people talk about governance they’re usually talking about the role of the board. Boards exist to ensure an organisation is well-run, and well-governed so that members and stakeholder groups can have confidence in the organisation remaining a going concern and focussed on serving their needs.
Good governance helps an organisation:
- Improve performance
- Have a defined vision for the future
- Take a big picture view of the organisation separate from the operations
- Ensure there is accountability and oversight of operations
- Manage risk
- Find the right balance between making short-term gains and building long-term prosperity
If you are a Member of the Glenfield Community Centre, you are also entitled to put your name forward for consideration to become a member of the Governance Group. Nominations are normally accepted as part of the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting. The Group meets every second month.
For more information on our current Governance Group members, read more below:
2022/ 2023 GOVERNANCE GROUP
Meet the current standing Executive and Members
Cleressa van Niekerk: Chair
Cleressa joined the admin team in August 2019 but left in July 2020 to take up a role in real estate. As Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, Cleressa acts as official spokesperson for GCC and is the principal liaison to the Centre Manager. Her position is one of both oversight and setting the direction and goals for the organisation, ensuring it remains relevant, and meets the needs of its stakeholder groups.
Alex Croft: Deputy-Chair, Secretary
Alex joined the Governance group in 2020. As Deputy-Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, he is there to step in to the role of Chair in Cleressa’s absence. As Secretary, he is the principal contact person for the Society’s Governance Group, prepares the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting and maintains the membership information.
Frankie Godfrey-Robson: Treasurer
Frankie has been an Executive member for over ten years and the 2015 – 2018 Chair. As Treasurer, she is responsible for ensuring the Society meets its fiduciary responsibilities and presents the audited financial statements at the Annual General Meeting. She is also a signatory of the Society.
Andrew Shaw: Governance Group Member
Andrew was elected to the Governance Group in 2022. A previous Kaipatiki Local board appointee for the previous three years, he is very familiar with the work of the Centre and supportive of the staff.
Bruce Stone: Methodist Church of NZ Appointee
Bruce Stone is one of two constitutional appointees by the Methodist Church of NZ. Bruce was appointed in March 2022.
Erica Hannam: Kaipātiki Local Board Liaison
With the 2022 Local Government elections, Erica Hannam has been appointed as liaison between the Kaipātiki Local Board (KLB) and the Governance Group. She is inspired by our enthused and thriving community-led organisations.
Michael Chin: Governance Group Member
Michael has been a member of the Governance Group for the Centre for over ten years. He has previously held the position as the Treasurer for the Society for the last three years, has a background as an Accountant and am extensive knowledge of the Society and its workings.
Raymond Tan: Governance Group Member
Raymond joined the Governance Group May 2023. He has previously worked in Auckland Council for over 10 years and hopes to contribute to the group. He is a certified governance professional with over 20 years experience involved with several not-for-profit organisations. Raymond is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of Governance NZ.
Upasana Nigam: Governance Group Member
Upasana is a community culture evangelist and an IT professional who wants to work in community for community who joined our Governance in 2020. With her experience in supporting and running various community events, she is committed to the success of the Glenfield Community Centre.