“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker
When people talk about governance they’re usually talking about the role of the board. Boards exist to ensure an organisation is well-run, and well-governed so that members and stakeholder groups can have confidence in the organisation remaining a going concern and focussed on serving their needs.
Good governance helps an organisation:
- Improve performance
- Have a defined vision for the future
- Take a big picture view of the organisation separate from the operations
- Ensure there is accountability and oversight of operations
- Manage risk
- Find the right balance between making short-term gains and building long-term prosperity
If you are a Member of the Glenfield Community Centre, you are also entitled to put your name forward for consideration to become a member of the Governance Group. Nominations are normally accepted as part of the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting. The Group meets every second month.
For more information on our current Governance Group members, read more below:
2021/ 2022 GOVERNANCE GROUP
Meet the current standing Executive and Members
Cleressa van Niekerk: Chair
Cleressa joined the admin team in August 2019 but left in July 2020 to take up a role in real estate. As Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, Cleressa acts as official spokesperson for GCC and is the principal liaison to the Centre Manager. Her position is one of both oversight and setting the direction and goals for the organisation, ensuring it remains relevant, and meets the needs of its stakeholder groups.
Alex Croft: Deputy-Chair, Secretary
Alex joined the Governance group in 2020. As Deputy-Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, he is there to step in to the role of Chair in Cleressa’s absence. As Secretary, he is the principal contact person for the Society’s Governance Group, prepares the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting and maintains the membership information.
Frankie Godfrey-Robson: Treasurer
Frankie has been an Executive member for over ten years and the 2015 – 2018 Chair. As Treasurer, she is responsible for ensuring the Society meets its fiduciary responsibilities and presents the audited financial statements at the Annual General Meeting. She is also a signatory of the Society.
Gary Thornton: Governance Group Member
Gary has been a member of Governance since 2010. A member of the local business community, Gary has been key in helping raise funding for the Centre. As Chair of the Governance Group and Executive Committee, Gary heads both committees and acts as the principal liaison to the Manager. His position is one of both oversight and setting the direction and goals for the organisation, ensuring it remains relevant, and meets the needs of its stakeholder groups.
Gary Thornton: Governance Group Member
Craig Pettit is a Mortgage Broker and Registered Financial Adviser with Loan Market for the last 10 years. He worked for Westpac for 32 years, has held various managerial positions plus a stint on their audit team. He is a past Treasurer of our Governance, Willow Park School and Northcote Rugby Juniors.
Michael Chin: Governance Group Member
Michael has been a member of the Governance Group for the Centre for over ten years. He has previously held the position as the Treasurer for the Society for the last three years, has a background as an Accountant and am extensive knowledge of the Society and its workings.
Upasana Nigam: Governance Group Member
Upasana is a community culture evangelist and an IT professional who wants to work in community for community who joined our Governance in 2020. With her experience in supporting and running various community events, she is committed to the success of the Glenfield Community Centre.
Andrew Shaw: Kaipātiki Local Board Liaison
Andrew Shaw is an appointee by the Kaipātiki Local Board (KLB). His is a non-voting liaison between the Board and the Governance Group. Andrew was elected to the KLB in October 2019 and confirmed as our KLB Representative in December 2019 and reconfirmed until the end of his term in September 2022.