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, Youthnet, Arts & Business NI, Rural Community Network, Early Years, Supporting Communities NI, NI Sports Forum, Sport NI, Age NI and recently joined in 2016 both Business in the Community and CO3

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.

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Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager