Onboarding should involve:
- notifying the candidate that they have been successful, both verbally and through a letter of appointment
- conducting a structured induction process
- partnering the new Board Director with a more experienced Board Director
- meeting with the Chair and Board Directors prior to the first Board meeting
- obtaining feedback from new Board Directors after a specified period of time.
As soon as the appointment decision has been made, the public entity and the Chair should be formally notified of the appointment decision. This ensures they are aware of the composition of the Board and can plan accordingly.
If a Director’s term has expired and they have not re-applied or been re-appointed, a letter should be sent to the individual thanking them for their services.
9.1 Letter of Appointment
A formal letter of appointment should be sent to all successful candidates to notify them of their appointment to the Board. This letter can also be provided by the responsible governance officer(s) or the public entity as part of their induction process. The content of the letter will vary according to the type and size of the public entity but the following should be considered when developing the letter of appointment:
- existing Directors being re-appointed should be sent a similar letter though the level of detail required would be less
- letters sent regarding the appointment of a new Chair would be expected to contain additional and more specific information about that particular role.
Table 37: Letter of appointment
|A letter of appointment should include:
Induction is an initiating activity which occurs between the appointment of a new Board Director and their attendance at the first Board meeting or meetings. Induction is often the first contact a Board Director has with their Board, and in some cases, it is their first experience of public entity governance and of being a public entity Director.
Induction procedures should be in place to allow new Directors to participate fully and actively in Board decision-making at the earliest opportunity. To be effective, new Directors need to have appropriate knowledge of the public entity and the industry within which it operates. Some new appointees will have extensive Board experience, however, induction is still required in order to familiarise the Director with the specific purpose and function of that particular Board.
Induction can be conducted by the department or the public entity.
Table 38: Induction pack
|An induction pack should include: