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The Burnett Foundation Aotearoa Trust Board is responsible for governing the organisation as a whole, without managing the operational aspects.

The Trust Board sets the organisation’s strategic direction and vision, its policies and performance measures.  It appoints, delegates authority to, and monitors the Chief Executive Officer’s performance. The Board ensures the organisation has the resources to achieve its mission while monitoring and evaluating its performance and risk. The Board is accountable to key stakeholders through reporting and the production of annual reports.

The Trust Board is required to act within the boundaries of the Trust Deed and other relevant legislation and regulations.

The rules about the Membership of the Board are set out in Schedule 2 of the Trust Deed. There may be between three and seven Trustees, four of whom are elected by the membership (‘Elected’) and three of whom are appointed (‘General’).

Appointed positions are established to ensure continuity of the Board, and to ensure that the Board has the appropriate skills, expertise and experience necessary to carry out its duties in a responsible way. The Board appoints a person to be a General Trustee for a term of two years, and may be reappointed for up to three two-year terms, after which s/he must stand down for at least two years. Elected Trustees are elected for a period of two years, usually at the AGM.

The Board adheres to Treaty of Waitangi and Equal Employment Opportunity principles when undertaking the recruitment and selection of Trustees.

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