The Anglican Missions Board appointed independent reviewers to undertake a comprehensive review of all matters related to the Board’s Governance.
- An independent Governance Review report was completed with 33 recommendations to enable best practise Governance within Anglican Missions. The report was comprehensive in scope covering every area of the Board’s Governance including: Structure, Board processes, Board meetings, CEO role, risk management, financial overhead ratio and the wider church. The Reviewers commented under the Financial Analysis section that “AMB is well within best practice in terms of overhead expenditure.” AMB Governance Review Report
- The Board have thoroughly considered the report and has adopted the report, with some contextual modifications. This included a revised set of recommendations to 25. Governance Review Recommendations 25 This will significantly change the way the Board governs Anglican Missions.
- The Board approved a plan for implementation over the next 12 – 18 months at their April 2016 meeting.
- As a part of this plan, the Board developed a Bill focused on Board structure and this was passed at the May General Synod. The Bill made provision for the Board to:
- Disestablish the Executive Committee, and for the full Board to meet quarterly, for 1 or 2 days as required each time, to manage all governance responsibilities.
- Reduce the size of the Board from 13, to 9 - being two members from each Tikanga, one of the Primates or their nominee, the General Secretary, and the National Director of NZCMS or their nominee. There shall be one Bishop or an Archbishop from each Tikanga, and at least 2 bishops, 2 clergy and 2 lay members in the 9 members. Membership shall be appointed giving consideration to the required skills matrix adopted by the Board, and ensuring representation of all voices required by the Board.
- Cease the practice of one off ‘alternates’, to be replaced with a provision for ‘leave of absence’ for more than two consecutive meetings alongside a provision for secondment to positions where ‘leave of absence’ is granted.
- Set a term of appointment of Tikanga Board members as 3 years, to be staggered so that 2 members come due for reappointment or replacement each year, and that they be appointed by GSSC not GSTHW.
- That GSSC be the ‘Appointing Body’ (See Title F Canon I), and that nominations are made to GSSC for the Board in fulfilment of the required skills matrix.
- That there is at least one independent member of the Board be achieved through the skills matrix.
- The Board will issue a report to explain the review and all the changes to the wider church.
- The Board has also developed a new Strategic Plan for implementation from 2017.
Robert Kereopa, CEO