The chairs main role is to ensure the smooth and effective running of the branch committee.
As the branches figurehead they should drive an open and inclusive environment for the members, promote the branches public image and encourage the development of the branch.
They are responsible for the social and financial management of the branch to support the branch members.
Ideally an experienced member of the branch who is respected by the member, must be approachable, have good management skills and remain unbiased.
There formal role is to chair the branch meetings and to ensure that they are effectively run and controlled. These meeting would include committee meetings, special general meetings, emergency general meeting and the Annual General Meeting. Should the Chair be unavailable, then the meeting would be run by a nominated Officer or Vice Chair.
As Chair they have a vote, but this would usually be used as a casting vote in the event of a tie.
Do’s & Don’ts
Do encourage members engagement
Do promote branch development
Do delegate roles and responsibilities
Do seek advice if unsure
Don’t panic about responsibility
Don’t impose extra rules
Don’t get personal
Delegation develops successors