The NIODA Board of Governance’s primary reference lies in the Institute's statement of purpose, ‘to further systems psychodynamic education for the improvement of organisations, community and society’.

This means that the central focus or ‘reason for being’ of Board of Governance members is to maintain the relevance and usefulness of NIODA education (through academic programs, research and scholarship and consultancy) to organisations and the people who work in them. These are the primary stakeholders of the Institute. The role of the Board of Governance is to be accountable for how the organisation works to successfully achieve this purpose within legal, ethical and prudent bounds. The Board is where all authority lies until some is delegated to others.

 The Board is responsible for developing governance policy as below. The Board defines, in writing, its expectations and intentions with regard to delivery, intended recipients, and intended impact on the outside world.

 To achieve this, the Board:

• Determines NIODA’s statement of purpose

• Evaluates, in an ongoing way, the extent to which the stated purpose of NIODA is being fulfilled

• Protects, models and explains NIODA’s organisational values, and

• Keeps abreast of changes in NIODA’s environment and ensure the organisation adapts as necessary.


The Board defines in writing all of its policies including performance expectations and results, practices, delegation style and discipline that make up the means by which the Board makes its decisions. To these ends it :

• Monitors the performance of the Board to ensure excellence in practice

• Develops high level reporting processes to ensure all legal, regulatory and financial requirements are met

• Develops rigorous organisational monitoring that connect to internal and external reporting processes

• With the CEO, develops and maintains appropriate relationships with external stakeholders.


The Board is also responsible for the appointment of the CEO, for providing appropriate support to the CEO and for monitoring his/her performance.