Checklist: The committee for nominations

By governance expert Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson
Mike Hudson

The days of randomly tapping your mates on the shoulder and asking them to join a board are nearly over. Boards increasingly recognise the need to have skills grids and to recruit diverse members to meet the needs of their organisations.

Some boards have established nominations committees to oversee the process of recruitment, selection, election and sometimes the professional development of board members. So who should choose members of the nominations committee?

The problem is delicate in organisations with members or a broader electorate, who might be concerned about a small nominations committee becoming too powerful and recommending only people in their own image.

Having independent members or people representing a broader electorate can help. But if the nominations committee becomes too independent, it risks becoming disconnected from the board and recommending people who might meet all the requirements but not fit with the culture of the organisation.

So choosing members of the nominations committee can involve the committee itself, but it should be required to seek wider views.

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