Why the Governing Body is Necessary

 Overall responsibility

 The 'governing body' is that part of the organisation with formal power and responsibility. The powers and responsibilities are contained in the 'governing document '(called either 'constitution', 'deed of trust', 'rules' or 'memorandum and articles of association') and backed up by law. If things go wrong, it is the governing body that will be called to account. Members of the governing body need to be aware of this and act always in the best interests of the organisation, following all requirements of law and regulation. This is sometimes referred to as the need for 'due diligence'.
 

If things go wrong, it is the governing body that will be called to account... 

A long-term vision 

The governing body makes a unique contribution to an organisation by focusing on the achievement of longterm aims. Whether the organisation is about making a difference in a specific geographic area, changing perceptions and attitudes, delivering a much needed service, or improving the quality of life for a particular group, the governing body is there to help the organisation realise its overall vision and its specific goals.