Board Information

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Board Information

The MG ALBA Board comprises a Chairperson and up to 11 other members. Members are appointed for fixed terms by Ofcom with the approval of the Secretary of State. The Chief Executive is appointed by the Board.

Remit & Responsibilities

Remit

MG ALBA’s remit is set out in the Communications Act 2003, the Broadcasting Act 1990 and the Broadcasting Act 1996.

It is the board’s duty to develop high-level strategy and to devise, revise and recommend policies and practices that will enable MG ALBA’s strategic goals to be realised.

In addition to consideration of overarching strategic objectives, the Board will also assess the principles that govern operational areas such as funding, projects, training, resources, outsourced services, consumer needs and stakeholder relations.

Rules governing the conduct of MG ALBA Board and Committee business are set out in the Standing Orders.

The Chairperson and Members are bound by MG ALBA’s Members’ Code of Conduct.

Audit and Assurance Committee

The role of the Audit & Assurance Committee is to advise the Board that an appropriate system of governance, internal control and risk management is in place within MG ALBA.

Establishment and Composition

  • Meet no less than twice per year plus at least once with the external auditors.
  • The Audit and Assurance Committee must have at least 3 MG ALBA members none of whom is the Chairperson of MG ALBA or of any other MG ALBA Committee.
  • The Audit and Assurance Committee must have at least one member with a financial background or can co-opt an independent financial adviser.
  • A staff member shall be the Secretary of the Committee.

Remit

The remit of the Audit & Assurance Committee is as follows:

  • to review internal controls and advise the Board on the scope and conduct of any internal audit;
  • to recommend the adoption of suitable accounting policies and approval of the Governance Statement in the Annual Report;
  • to advise the Board on selection, appointment, removal and remuneration of external auditors, assessing their effectiveness and the scope of their work;
  • to monitor management action to implement agreed audit recommendations on governance, risk management and control;
  • To ensure that policies, procedures and systems are appropriate, compliant with legislative requirements and duly implemented;
  • To assess risks and MG ALBA’s own effectiveness, including arrangements put in place by management to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness or Value for Money (VFM).

Reporting

The staff shall circulate the minutes of the Committee to all members of MG ALBA.

Content, Skills & Engagement Committee

The role of the Committee is to advise the Board on the allocation of MG ALBA’s resources to Gaelic media content, skills and engagement, to monitor and vary budgets within the limits authorised by the Board, to set success criteria and to consider Gaelic media performance and impact. The Committee will also advise the Board on strategic partnerships and on external relationships.

Establishment and Composition

  • Meet at least four times per year
  • Membership: as agreed by the Board
  • Staff member will be the Secretary to the Committee

Remit

The remit of the Content, Skills & Engagement Committee is:

  • To consider on behalf of the Board and advise the Board on MG ALBA’s strategies for media content, skills and engagement;
  • To recommend to the Board annual budgets and key performance indicators for media content, skills and engagement; and to monitor those;
  • To monitor media industry trends on behalf of the Board;
  • To advise the Board on strategic partnerships;
  • To advise the Board on strategic alignment with Government priorities;
  • To approve Gaelic language policy and plans as appropriate;

Powers

  • To vary budgets within the delegated powers set out in the Financial Regulations;
  • To commission independent reports on matters which may include but are not limited to: the language, cultural and economic impact of Gaelic media; Gaelic media talent and skills; inclusion, diversity and sustainability in Gaelic media; Gaelic learning and usage though media; communities and Gaelic media.

Reporting

The staff will circulate the minutes of the Committee to all members of MG ALBA.

Chairs' Committee

The role of the Chairs’ Committee is to advise the Board on membership and staff policies, including board member succession planning, recruitment, employment and remuneration policies.

Establishment and Composition

  • Meet at least twice a year
  • Membership: Board Chair, Chair of Audit & Assurance Committee and Chair of Content, Skills and Engagement Committee
  • Staff member will be the Secretary to the Committee

Remit

The remit of the Chairs’ Committee is as follows:

  • To regularly review the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge, experience and diversity) of the board and make recommendations to the board and to Ofcom on the search, selection and appointment of Board Members
  • To keep under review the leadership needs of the organisation, both executive and non-executive, and oversee, on behalf of the Board, CEO recruitment and appointment
  • To consider and advise the Board on:
    • People strategy and annual Workforce Plan;
    • Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity in staff & board;
    • Recruitment, employment and remuneration policies
  • To consider and advise the Board on corporate social responsibility, including the social, community, and environmental impacts of MG ALBA
  • To advise and support the CEO on unusually complex HR issues
  • To advise on crisis or emergency issues.

Powers

  •  To commission independent reports as required
  • To engage specialist support as required for the search and selection of the CEO

 

Reporting

The Secretary shall circulate the minutes of the Committee to all members of MG ALBA.