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Corporate Governance Framework

Our corporate governance framework sets out the necessary responsibilities and procedures that guarantee we operate properly.

  1. Contents
  2. The Chair

The Chair

2.1. The Chair has a particular responsibility for providing effective strategic leadership on the following matters:

  • formulating the Commission’s strategy for discharging its statutory duties
  • encouraging high standards of propriety and promoting the efficient and effective use of employees and other resources throughout the Commission
  • ensuring that the Commission, in reaching decisions, takes proper account of guidance provided by the Secretary of State or DCMS (opens in new tab)
  • representing the views of the Commission to the general public
  • providing an assessment of performance of individual Commissioners, on request, when he/she is being considered for re-appointment to the Commission.

2.2. The Chair will ensure that all Commission members are fully briefed on the terms of his/her appointment and on his/her other duties, rights and responsibilities.

2.3. The Chair will undertake annual evaluations of the performance of individual Commissioners, and ensure an annual review of Board Effectiveness takes place.

2.4. When Commission vacancies arise, the Chair is responsible for advising the Secretary of State of the needs of the Commission with a view to ensuring a proper balance of professional, financial and other expertise.

2.5. The Chair will ensure that a code of conduct for Commissioners is in place, based on the model ‘Code of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies 2019’ (PDF) (opens in new tab) produced by the Cabinet Office. The code will commit the Chair and other Commission members to the Nolan seven principles of public life, and will include a requirement for a comprehensive and publicly available register of interests. The Code of Conduct for Commissioners is Appendix 8 of this Corporate Governance Framework.

2.6. Communications between the Commission and the Secretary of State will normally be through the Chair.

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