b'FEATURED ARTICLEReporting to the boardWith my Director hat on, I rely very heavily on the quality of information we receive around the board table from senior management. Having said that, it is up to me and my fellow directors to take responsibility for the way we receive that information and the level of detail it provides.W hen reporting to the board it is important toConsider the fact that for most of your boards and understand that the directors need to ensure:councils, the members often have other day jobs, the meetings may only be monthly, bi-monthly or sometimes They have sufficient information and the time toeven quarterly. You need to make your reports succinct make informed decisions but also presented in a way that is easy to absorb and retain. They are being provided with all the information, the good and the bad You might consider working with your leadership team The information they receive enables the evaluationand board on an annual basis to consider and agree on of the issue items such as:The appropriate internal controls are in place toThe information available to boards and how they protect the integrity of the information provided. receive it - consider things like key documents, general environmental/economic updates, preferred format While it may seem remote from the school environmentHow the board papers are prepared and delivered - in the recent Royal Commission into Misconduct inconsider the content and format, level of information the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services,and detail, consistent templates.Commissioner Hayne critically stated that boards cannot operate properly without having the right information from management. Trying to determine what is right is a little more difficult, in fact Commissioner Hayne said, there is no single answer to how boards can ensure that they receive the right information. 20 FACE 2 FACE MAGAZINE'