The five core principles

Organisational purpose

A well-run board is clear about the purpose and values of the organisation and how it will achieve its aims.

Leadership

A well-run board is clear about its role and responsibilities, and provides strategic direction in line with the organisation’s purpose, vision and values.

Board behaviour

A well-run board, both collectively and individually, embraces and demonstrates mutual respect, integrity, openness and accountability.

Control

A well-run board will develop and implement appropriate controls to direct and oversee progress and performance of the organisation.

Effectiveness

A well-run board understands its role, powers and duties and works collectively and proactively, to achieve its organisational purpose.