Governing Together while Physically Distanced
There have always been provisions in governance regulations for holding meetings remotely but how many of us have ever held a meeting in this way or needed to?
We are in unprecedented times, and holding our meetings remotely has become the only way to ensure effective governance can continue.
Government guidance issued on 25th March advises boards to ‘adopt alternative arrangements, for example by using video or teleconferencing applications’.
Of course, there are provisions for chairs to take urgent actions outside of meetings (maintained schools) and many trusts may also have established these arrangements, but governance is a corporate activity and ideally, should involve as many governors and trustees as possible in decision making.
Our priorities may have changed during this period; however, governors and trustees will have significant decisions to make, and supporting school and trust leaders has never been more important.
Schools’ Choice Clerks have been supporting remote meetings for some time and are ready and available to do this during and beyond the current situation. We use a range of platforms to suit different boards, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google.
So, will the future of governance be more agile and flexible and reflect new ways of working?
We may have had our hand forced to adopt remote meetings, but the benefits of governors and trustees being able to join in from around the globe, those with childcare responsibilities joining from home and emergency meetings being quickly arranged without the need for complicated diary management, make for a compelling argument when compared to conventional face-to-face meetings.
Contact us if you need remote Clerking Support during this period – we would be delighted to support your board.