Board Members usually are volunteers. This provides a special challenge to ensure that valued Board Members are properly supported and, therefore, retained. It is appropriate that the Chair maintains continuing consultation (on both a formal and informal basis) and provides ongoing support to Board Members.
One issue for consideration is whether or not to implement constitutionally enshrined tenure limits. A fixed three-year term with a maximum of three terms is generally appropriate.
Tips for achieving a good retention rate of Board Members, include
recruiting people who not only fulfil a skill requirement needed on the Board but who also share the same vision and values as other Board Members
recruiting people who are a culture match with the School
recruiting people who are completely committed to the School and who understand the availability requirements for a Board Member
providing clarity in relation to roles and responsibilities
ensuring that each Board Member feels included and valuable to the team
ensuring that Board processes and decision-making are open, transparent and fair
operate the Board professionally
ensure that the Chair has the leadership skills required to effectively chair the Board
making an effort to develop and maintain relationships.