Role description for HiNZ Board members
The HiNZ Board provides strategic direction to the organisation in concert with the CEO, in line with the HiNZ constitution. Board accountabilities include oversight for organisational sustainability and value for members. This role description is based on best practice input from professional governance organisations in New Zealand.
Nominations for the 2016-17 board election are now open. To nominate someone for the board please fill in this form. Nominations close 31 August 2016. If you have questions please email us.
Board member types
The HiNZ constitution allows for the board to consist of up to 9 members, comprising either elected or appointed individuals, all with equal voting rights. Refer to section 7.1 in the constitution to read more about the rules relating to the composition of the board.
Board member qualifications
- Has experience in, or expresses a willingness to proactively learn, governance skills
- for New Zealand not-for-profits.
- Has experience in, or expresses a willingness to proactively learn about, the New Zealand health sector, and specifically the role of health informatics in the sector.
- Must be, and remain during their term, a financial member of HiNZ.
Board member responsibilities
- Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings. The current constitution requires up to four board meetings annually. However there may be additional meetings requested during the year. The board meetings have traditionally included two full day in-person meetings and the remaining via teleconference.
- Makes serious commitment to participate actively in Board work. The current Board work includes strategic planning and working on project teams (primarily focused on the development of additional member services), in conjunction with the CEO.
- Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and
on time. Assignments will be discussed as part of Board meetings and will
include ad-hoc working committee activity or ongoing working committees.
- Stays informed about HiNZ matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and
reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
- Gets to know other Board members and builds a collegial working relationship that
contributes to consensus.
- Is an active participant in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts. Current work includes the continued development and establishment of HiNZ as a sustainable member organisation, building the profession of health informatics for New Zealand.
Benefits for HiNZ Board members
- Opportunities for complimentary registration for HINZ sponsored or co-sponsored events, as set out in the HiNZ annual budget, and as determined to align with the HiNZ strategic plan.
- Opportunities to attend events or participate in discussions, as a HiNZ representative, with expenses paid as set out in the annual budget.
- HiNZ Business card, indicating role on the HiNZ Board.
- Professional listing on HiNZ website
Expenses paid for HINZ Board members
- There is no financial remuneration for time spent in HiNZ Board related activities.
- Reasonable expenses that are incurred in the execution of the role will be reimbursed according to a schedule that is set out by the Board and included in the annual budget. Currently, expenses include travel expenses (from within NZ) to the in-person HiNZ Board meetings, and travel/accommodation expenses (from within NZ) to the annual HiNZ Conference.