21 July 2014
PA Consulting Group’s Elissa Coward, a talent management expert, discusses how board trustees need to be better prepared to enable more effective meetings. With an average of four board meetings a year, trustees must ensure effective decisions are taken in the time allotted.
Elissa explains that, in her experience, a lot of meetings become undone due to a lack of preparation. “If you’re the owner of the meeting, planning what it is that you’re trying to achieve is important. It is vital to be clear and signpost (throughout the meeting) for each agenda item”, says Elissa.
Elissa goes on to say that for effective decision-making during the meeting, there also needs to be an appropriate level of participation and challenge from trustees.
Regarding the role of the chair, Elissa explains that it can be also be helpful for the chair to discuss items on the agenda prior to the meeting with senior management, to ensure time is not wasted.