Who is it for?

Co-ops can use this process as a way of identifying the current skills and knowledge of Directors. You’ll be able to use this knowledge to think about the development of a training plan for the Board. If you are the Secretary of a co-op or an officer responsible for supporting the Board, the Board Skills Audit will be really useful. 

What is it?

A 4 – 6 week process with an annual licence (self-delivery) costing £1,200.

The Board Skills Audit process has been used by consumer societies, social enterprises and leisure trust boards since early 2003. It’s been really useful for Boards to help identify skills gaps and decide what to do about filling these. The process and the questionnaires used have evolved over time to include important questions on Board effectiveness. These too have provided useful information for Board development purposes. The Skills Audit interview questions and questionnaires have been recently amended to make sure they’re totally up to date.

How does it work?

The Board Skills Audit (BSA) is delivered by an approved Co‑operative College Auditor. Our Auditors have a comprehensive understanding of co‑operative governance and are fully trained in the Co‑operative College BSA process. All our Auditors are great communicators and have experience of high level strategic management work.

The BSA process consists of five stages:

Stage 1: Introduction session

Stage 2a: Online questionnaires or Director interviews

Stage 2b: Optional observation of board meeting*

Stage 3: Assessment of questionnaires/interviews and production of a report

Stage 4: Audit feedback

Stage 5: Follow up meeting and development planning

*£500 additional fee

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