The role of the Board is to govern the activities of the Society. In doing so, the Board approves the overall strategy for the Society including strategic plans, annual plans and budgets. The Board works to ensure the Society acts in accordance with the fundamental principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement. The Board sets policies including the Ethical Framework.
The Australian Red Cross Society Board operates under a Royal Charter and Rules that set out the policies and internal rules for the governance of the organisation. The Board has formally delegated responsibility for the day-to-day operation of Australian Red Cross Society to the Chief Executive Officer and executive management team. Day-to-day operation of Lifeblood is delegated to a separate board, CEO and executive management team. The Board oversees and monitors management’s performance.
Ensuring good governance is a key Board responsibility. This includes overseeing mechanisms to provide for compliance with legal requirements and regulations, effective identification and management of risks and the ongoing financial viability of Red Cross. The Board monitors and periodically evaluates its own performance and strives to have a skilled and diverse membership in place. It also establishes and implements a recognition process that acknowledges the efforts of volunteers, members and staff.
Comprising up to 16 members, the Board includes the President, Deputy President, Audit and Risk Committee Chair, Youth Member, Chair or nominee of each of the eight Divisional Advisory Boards (DABs) from every state and territory, the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (ARCL) Chair and up to three Additional Board Members. While they are not members of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Board Secretary attend Board meetings throughout the year.
The Board is made up entirely of volunteers. We do not provide payment for serving as a Board Member but we sometimes provide reimbursement for reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in connection with Red Cross activities.
The Board met eleven times during the financial year with additional meetings held during the strategic discussion of our future focus. The Board has also met virtually since March 2020 due to travel restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A = Meetings held during the period of office of the Board Member
B = Meetings attended by the Board Member
C = Meetings attended by an alternate of the Board Member (Divisional Advisory Board Chairs and Youth Member only)