Introduction to the
Role of a Board Member

A member of a State Board is appointed to act on behalf of the citizen to oversee the running of the affairs of the business. The Board is directly accountable to the taxpayer/shareholders and each year the organisation will hold an annual general meeting (AGM) at which the Board must provide a report on the performance of the organisation, what its future plans and strategies are. The Board's key purpose is to ensure the governance and prosperity of the body by collectively overseeing the Board's affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interests of its shareholders and stakeholders. In addition to business and financial issues, the Board must deal with challenges and issues relating to corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and corporate ethics.

Corporate governance comprises the systems and procedures by which organisations are directed and managed. State bodies must serve the interests of the taxpayer, pursue value for money in their endeavours (including managing risk appropriately), and act transparently as public entities. The Board and management should accept accountability for the proper management of the organisation.

State Board Member
Self Assessment Questionnaire

This short questionnaire encourages you to review how your interests, skills and experience match the challenging requirements of State Board Membership. Please work through the statements below by selecting the answer option that best reflects your level of agreement with each statement, in the context of your current career or circumstances:

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

Please work through each section - Use your current and past experiences to help you decide on your response. You may feel that some of the statements are not relevant to you or you may find it difficult to choose an appropriate answer, however try to choose the most relevant option presented.

Begin the questionnaire