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Governance challenges

Governance either adds value to an organisation or is a burden.

Effective governance is the bedrock of strong organisational performance.  Boards have to demonstrate to stakeholders and funders that they are complying with legal and regulatory frameworks. But they can and should be be asked to do far more. HBMC’s work fosters the capabilities of Boards to provide strategic and generative leadership alongside the essential exercise of their fiduciary duties.

Governance will be most productive when it is proportionate and geared to enhancing organisational performance.  This requires the development of an effective ‘top team’ with the executive, that is able to identify and balance risk and opportunity in more fluid changing times  Boards have to know when to trust their executive and senior staff. HBMC helps Board members to assess their performance individually and collectively, and to build effective working relationships between their members and with key managers and staff to move the organisation forward.

No Board member ever comes fully formed. Board members need to be developed to understand the organisation’s business model and values, to debate its direction and play a full part as team members.  HBMC works with the talent and expertise that is already present in the Board and keeps a focus on succession planning.  HBMC helps Boards induct, train and mentor their members, engaging their interest and motivation to help realise their potential contribution.

HBMC helps your organisation or business assess whether you have:

  • a Board with an informed grasp on future strategy and direction

  • the right size of Board with the skills and experience around the table required now and for the future

  • the most effective relationships with stakeholdrs, membrs and funders

  • the robust governance systems that help to manage risk and enable timely responses to opportunity

  • effective oversight by the Board of subsidiaries and trading companies, Sub Committees and Task and Finish Groups

  • an extrovert Board effectively engaging stakeholders, bringing new opportunities and relationships.

HBMC then assists you to devise changes and practical improvements, and facilitate their adoption to deliver a consistently higher level of performance. Supporting the effective governance of CISV International is an example of how HBMC works - as you'll see by clicking the following link. 


Undertaking a governance review of Crohn's and Colitis UK is an example of HBMC’s successful joint consultancy work with Ruth Lesirge Partnership.

Crohn's and Colitis UK: case study


HBMC’s assets

HBMC’s strength in governance lies in:

  • 20+ years supporting and energising new and existing Boards to provide governance leadership
  • Facilitation to help Boards make better decisions
  • Informed and objective governance reviews of Board needs and performance
  • Working as trusted advisers to Boards through merger processes and developing consortia and partnerships
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Resolving disputes within Boards or with senior staff
  • Demonstrated thought leadership on governance topics

A number of HBMC's governance assignments are carried out under the umbrella of HBRL Consulting. HBRL has published work on a range of governance themes, including building better Boards, measuring Board effectiveness and enabling ‘top teams’ to succeed.

Do email Hilary to discuss if and how we can help you.

Hilary Barnard, HBMC, 24 Leighton Grove, London NW5 2QP, UK
phone +44 20 7284 1566 : mobile +44 7831 784070 : email hilarybarnard@aol.com