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To ensure members can still access everything they need, member content will be available to all users until the end of July.

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Governance wheel

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A tool to measure and develop your governance and leadership

The governance wheel is a simple tool that helps boards of voluntary organisations quickly get a sense of how well they’re functioning and fulfilling their roles.

Completing it will give you an instant visual impression of the shape that your board is in.

The governance wheel links to the Charity Governance Code and can be used as a starting point for reviews based on the Code.

Download the governance wheel tool (PDF, 270KB) (NCVO member content only)

Download the governance wheel excel tool (Excel, 13.8MB) (NCVO member content only)

Below we’ve also put together a video guide to using the governance wheel to carry out a board effectiveness review. It will be most useful for trustees or staff who are undertaking a board review for their own charity and want to know how best to use the governance wheel to support them in this.


Page last edited May 19, 2022

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