Chat from the Chair: # 2: February 2018
In November 2017, the AGM decided and extended the board to 13 for 2018. In December we held our first meeting. This was dominated by the need for induction and general guidelines about the board itself, subcommittee roles, etc. Like a new employee, good governance must start with induction and expectations. At that meeting we moved our meeting date to the end of each month to assist the accountant with timelier reporting and some refinements for meeting effectiveness
At January’s meeting we started on the Strategic Plan. We received the recommendations and have commenced working through the material. The obvious constraint brake to this is our SLA (Service Level Agreement) budget for 2018-2019. This annual process with WDC will take up significant time over some months. As Chair I have recommended that the status quo for 2018-2019 SLA agreement prevail.
The board meets in a volunteer capacity once a month for two hours and we have to cover the SLA budget negotiations with council, our normal agenda of organisational reports, and reviewing operational review implementation recommendations. The board has decided to make the Strategic Plan the first session each time we meet. I commend the new board for the progress made.
The member/stakeholder Steering Committee recommendations are just that. By board consensus and consideration (and where needed, further stake holder contact), we decide what we can tackle now, defer, amend or add to. Two matters that we know our members wanted to expedite were Member Engagement (communications) and Constitutional review. We have set up small project teams for this and will report back in February. Further stakeholder and member engagement will be engaged in. Increased member input is definitely happening and welcomed.
I am recommending at February’s meeting, formal governance training for our board. This is a normally expected process and expectation, and would nicely come under the governance aspect of the Steering Committee recommendations in any event.
In closing, I wish to praise our Mainstreet Management and staff team for the amazing hanging baskets flower bloom (and longevity) in atrocious and prolonged heatwave conditions, the clean and safe streetscape, the growth of the Festival Of Cultures (managed by us for the first time), the annual Christmas Parade and the simply massive Caboodle/Vintage partnership. And, special thanks to those retailers, hospitality and business service providers who chose to open during times they would normally be closed. We appreciate that sacrifice and the added vibrancy and opportunities this provided to the public. We are indeed a vibrant Town Centre and much envied by visitors. The event season is not over yet!
Member engagement (communication) is a two way street of expectations J I am open to meet with members; just email me on email@example.com to start the conversation.
Executive Chair Mainstreet Inc.