Alison GloberMessage from Alison Glober, Chair of the Governance Committee

I have the pleasure of writing to the Havergal community on behalf of the Governance Committee of the Board of Governors as this is our formal call for applications to serve on the Board or on a Board Committee.

The primary responsibility of the Governance Committee is to ensure that the Board is well-equipped to carry out its oversight role with respect to the College. Part of that responsibility is to continually evaluate how well the Board and its committees carry out their mandates and advance the College’s educational mission.

One of the most important things the Governance Committee works on is the identification and nomination of strong candidates for the Board and its committees. This is an ongoing effort as we try to maintain a roster of broadly qualified candidates. Using a competency-based model, the committee identifies skills and constituencies that need to be considered as we plan for the future.

In reviewing applications, the Governance Committee looks to constitute a Board that balances a mix of competencies and experience, established and newer Old Girls, current and past parents, as well as independent members who are neither Havergal alumnae nor parents. The Board is committed to expanding representation from members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) community whose skills and experience align with our competency framework.

In assessing applications, the Governance Committee favours no particular professional background over another, but we frequently seek particular areas of experience and expertise. This year the committee is especially interested in identifying potential candidates with senior level experience in digital transformation as well as those with sectoral knowledge in either public health or the public sector. We are also very interested to hear from parents with students in the Junior School.

Governors are volunteers and must be willing to commit the substantial time, effort and energy necessary to fulfill the role and serve the school. It is also expected that a Board Governor will make Havergal a personal charitable priority, within their means.

If you are interested in being considered for the Board or a committee, please let us know by completing the Board of Governors Application Form. The review of applications for the 2021-22 academic year is underway, however we are pleased to consider new applications on a rolling basis. Additional details on the role and responsibilities of Board and committee members can be found here.