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Good governance is vital in ensuring any organisation is running efficiently and can support long-term resilience.

However, achieving good governance can be a difficult process and often involves lots of soul searching and drawing in external advice and guidance.

Your governing body should help your organisation mould and shape its future, at the same time as offering practical support for day to day issues such a finance, personnel, and data protection.

The following outlines some of the support you can access to ensure your organisation’s governance is fit for purpose.

Good Governance Code

The code has been drawn up from a range of different leading organisations working in and with the voluntary and community sectors. It provides practical, hands on ideas, to support governance change, and details the key priorities for all governing bodies. The website allows you to download the code for free, and also access a range of supporting resources.

Association of Independent Museums Good Governance Guide

AIM has lots of good and relevant advice and guidance about museum governance and development. AIM is currently delivering a programme of support to establish strong, resilient governance models within independent museums. Their advice and guidance, however, is relevant to all community organisations wishing to ensure they have suitable governing structures in place.

Association of Independent Museums – Golden Rules for Good Governance

In addition to the Good Governance Guide, AIM also outlines the simple golden rules for governance which provides a quick outline of what a good governing body should look like and how it should operate.

Museums Association

The MA has information on museum governance which includes current news and information about governance issues in museums, advice and guidance, and discussion forums.

Diversity in museum governing bodies

Ensuring that museum governing bodies are reflective of the population they serve has often been difficult. This report by Arts Council England explores the issues and provides practical advice to effect change.

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