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 Code of Good Governance for Northern Ireland, the 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, Community Arts Partnership and Youth Work Alliance.  

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 and the third edition and current edition was launched in November 2021.  

The Developing Governance Group 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.


DIY committee guide, revamped and launched

The revamped DIY committee guide website was launched at a special seminar on 20 September by the Developing Governance Group.

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.

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?'s picture

Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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