Developing Governance Group

The Developing Governance Group is a collaborative partnership of infrastructure support organisations which have a keen interest in working to improve governance practice in the voluntary and community sector.

The Developing Governance Group (DGG) has produced the first and revised editions of the Code of Good Governance, governance health check and redeveloped the diycommitteeguide website with resources mapped to the Code. 

Current members of the Developing Governance Group

NICVA, Volunteer Now, Arts & Business NI, Rural Community Network, Early Years, Supporting Communities NI, NI Sports Forum, Sport NI, Age NI and Community Arts Partnership. 

NICVA’s governance and charity advice manager provides secretariat to the group jointly with Volunteer Now. As part of our secretariat role, we organise meetings, take minutes, organise seminars and promote the Code and its accompanying resources.

What is the Code of Good Governance

The Code of Good Governance sets out the principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of voluntary and community organisations.  It was first launched in 2008 by the Developing Governance Group (DGG), following consultation with the voluntary and community sector, and has been widely accepted as the set of standards for governance in the sector.  A revised edition was launched in January 2016 following a wide consultation with the sector in 2014. 

The DGG also devised the governance health check and remapped the practical resources on the diycommitteeguide website in line with the principles of the Code.   Both resources have been devised to provide practical information and a self-assessment framework for voluntary boards to assess their own governance practices.

Why a revised Code?

On a review of the Code of Good Governance’s healthcheck and the diycommitteeguide, the DGG recognised that there was some overlap with the principles and sub-principles in the Code and undertook a review of the principles in the Code. The revised Code of Governance was consulted on prior to the summer of 2014 and funding secured by Awards for All and Halifax Foundation for NI.  The revised Code of Governance and its accompanying resources were launched early in 2016.


The Code of Good Governance in a virtual world webinar recording

If you missed the Developing Governance Group's webinar for Trustees' Week on the Code of Good Governance in a virtual world, you can watch it now below.  

Code of good governance consultation

The Code of Good Governance is a voluntary set of standards on good governance practice for the boards of voluntary and community organisations.

Good Governance and Charity reporting

Almost 6,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and as such, must adhere to the reporting requirements for all registered charities. 

Good Governance and Charity reporting seminars

The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks are hosting a roadshow of seminars focusing on the new accounting and reporting regulations and the revised code of good governance. 

DIY Committee Guide rebooted

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched earlier this year by the Developing Governance Group and as promised, the DIY committee guide website has now been launched after a complete revamp.

The Charity Commission endorses the revised Code of Good Governance

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched today by the Developing Governance Group at a seminar hosted by NICVA.

Revised Code of Good Governance update

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched for consultation on 10 April 2014 by the Developing Governance Group, funding is currently being sought to officially launch the revised Code and revamp its associated resources.

The Voluntary and Community Sector’s Code of Good Governance

The code of good governance has been revised to streamline it to five overarching principles instead of the current seven principles. The Developing Governance Group is currently consulting on the revised Code and would welcome your comments.

Charity Regulation and Good Governance Roadshow

Now that the Charity Commission has established the register of charities, and has its powers of investigation and enforcement, what does this mean in practice for charities on the ground?


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Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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