Resource | Board behaviours in co-operatives

Gaining a shared understanding of good board behaviours and their key role in board effectiveness is a fundamental aspect of good governance for any co-operative enterprise.

Download a practical guide on Board behaviours in co-operatives to help understand your co-op's boardroom behaviours and access five top tips for working with your board to improve its dynamic.

This guide is part of a wider series of good governance for co-ops guidance and resources produced by the Co-operative Governance Expert Reference Panel.

This guidance will:

  • Enhance your understanding
  • Suggest approaches for considering boardroom behaviours
  • Provide five top tips for working with your board to improve its dynamic

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Co-operatives are established on the basis of collaborative control and oversight and this underpins the board’s accountability to membership. Co-operation itself drives the ethos, values and principles of ethical, fair and respectful behaviours.

Gaining a shared understanding of good board behaviours and their key role in board effectiveness is a fundamental aspect of good governance for any enterprise.

Board behaviours and dynamics has become a focus of research across the global corporate governance field with the largest UK companies beginning to accept that how their directors behave has a direct impact on organisational performance. Co-operatives have always been ahead of the game when it comes to appreciating the importance of working together with a shared vision and set of principles to drive what you do but also how you do it.

This new guidance has been drafted by Angela Lomax and is based on her extensive knowledge of co-operative and mutual governance alongside participative research into approaches taken by expert practitioners from high performing co-operatives.

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About the author: Angela Lomax, Director, DTP

Angela is a member of Co-operatives UK’s Co-operative Governance Expert Reference Panel. She has been providing leadership in governance for over 15 years; helping organisations to establish and maintain excellent governance practice. She joined David Tolson Partnership (DTP) in August 2013 and leads the delivery of governance and strategic consultancy specialising in governance development, general and performance management, including change management, organisational structure planning, mergers and group structures.

Angela has been a director at Savills Housing Consultancy; Tribal, a large social housing consultancy, and Rochdale Boroughwide Homes . She has worked with the Chartered Institute of Housing to develop a resident-led self-regulation methodology which is now used in social housing and regularly provides tenant, board and senior management training including through interim roles in Housing Groups.

Updated: 26/03/2019