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Category Archives: Managing Indigenous Organisations

Recruiting an Independent Director for an Indigenous Corporation

In my honest opinion it is encouraging that more and more Indigenous corporations are seeking to appoint one or two independent Directors to their Boards. While it is important that the cultural priorities and prerogatives of an Indigenous organisation are held up as part of their Mission and Vision, to my mind this is not incompatible with having independent views on the Board. This can provide experience in areas where the Indigenous Board members do not yet have enough experience; can provide specific expertise in areas such as finance, the law and commerce; and can bring with it a wider network to help the organisation fulfil its mission in the wider world. However, due to the inexperience of Indigenous organisations in finding independent Board members, the process is fraught with danger. What should be the process? How do you actually recruit the right person? (more…)...
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