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Governance

Governance

VCOSS is governed by a board of nine elected directors and up to three coopted directors. All board members are non-executive directors and receive no remuneration for their services.

The Board guides and monitors the business and affairs of VCOSS on behalf of the members. The Board is elected from the membership at the annual general meeting and is accountable to members.

VCOSS is a company limited by guarantee. Under corporations law VCOSS is required to report to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).

The elected office bearers of VCOSS are registered with ASIC and are bound by the requirements of corporation law.

The Board elect the president and appoint the CEO to lead the operations of the organisation. As per the VCOSS Constitution, the CEO is also appointed as company secretary by the Board.

PDF document VCOSS Constitution

Current VCOSS Board members

President
Micaela Cronin
Associate Member
Chief Executive Officer
MacKillop Family Services
Year appointed: 2005
Vice President
Kim Koop
Associate Member
Chief Executive Officer
VICSERV
Year appointed: 2011
Treasurer
Simon Trivett

Associate Member
Partner, Audit & Assurance
Grant Thornton Australia
Year appointed: 2013
Stella Avramopoulos
Associate Member
Chief Executive Officer
Kildonan UnitingCare
Year appointed: 2011
David Brant
Associate Member
Disability and community advocate
Executive Director
The Victorian Universal Housing Alliance
Year appointed: 2006
Ric Holland (Rev)
Associate Member
Chief Executive Officer
Melbourne City Mission
Year appointed: 2012
Tony Lang
Associate Member
Barrister
Year appointed: 1998
Tony Keenan
Associate Member
Executive Director
Hanover Welfare Services
Year appointed: 2013
Paul McDonald
Associate Member
Chief Executive Officer
Anglicare Victoria
Year appointed: 2010
Dale Renner
Associate Member
Director
Iconic Consulting
Year appointed: 2008
Kim Sykes
Associate Member
Chief Executive Officer
Bendigo Community Health Service
Year appointed: 2012
Jodie Willmer
Associate Member
President
ER Victoria
Year appointed: 2009

Board policies

In December 2011, the VCOSS Board of Directors endorsed a set of governance policies that incorporate the six principles of good governance and leadership as outlined in the Good Governance Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector (2nd ed, 2010), modified for Australia and VCOSS’ own circumstances.

PDF document 2011 Board Governance Policy

Strategic plan

To achieve the organisation’s objectives, VCOSS maintains a four year Strategic Plan (2011-14). The Strategic Plan articulates the guiding principles and activities to achieve the organisations strategic directions which are:

  1. Advocate for social justice
  2. Build a strong community sector
  3. Strength our public presence
  4. Collaborate for greater impact
  5. Sustain a healthy organisation.

To facilitate the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Management Team develop an annual Operational Plan which outlines the organisations priorities and activities against the four year strategic directions in the form of measurable targets. As part of the annual planning cycle, the Management Team systematically monitor the organisations achievements against the operational plan’s targets.

To further support the Chief Executive Officer in the monitoring and delivery of the organisations objectives the Board of Directors have established the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. The aim of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee is to promote a risk and compliance culture across VCOSS. The Committee provides an efficient mechanism for focusing the organisation on verifying and safeguarding the integrity of the organisation’s financial and risk reporting and management.

For a copy of the VCOSS Strategic Plan please contact Claire.Bauska@vcoss.org.au.