Board Attendance & Observers Policy 1
Last updated: June 2022
Appendix D
Board Attendance & Observers Policy
Policy Aims
This policy aims to:
ensure that board members understand attendance and engagement
to set out the procedure for allowing observers at board meetings.
This policy applies to all directors of New Anglia LEP and those invited to observe.
This policy covers board meeting attendance, observers and a process for
addressing any issues of persistent non-attendance and lack of engagement.
Our Policy
Attendance and Engagement Issues
The Chair of the Board is responsible for addressing any issues of persistent non-
attendance and lack of engagement.
Observers are only permitted for board members who attend by virtue of their role.
Any observer attending a board meeting will be permitted to participate in discussion
but will not form part of the quorum for the meeting and will not carry voting rights.
Private Sector Board Members
Private sector board members are appointed through a competitive recruitment
process and are not permitted to appoint an observer.
Public Sector Board Members
Public sector representatives attend by virtue of their role as local authority leader. It
is important that these bodies express their views at the board meetings to help
provide a balanced perspective.
To ensure we maintain a level of skill and experience, any observers should be of
equivalent status. In the case of local authority members this must be a deputy
leader or relevant portfolio holder.
Education Sector Leaders
The education members are classed as representing the private sector but allowed to
send observers to board meetings.
Any observer should be of equivalent status and in the case of universities and
colleges an alternate principal or vice chancellor.
Approved by the LEP board: 22nd June 2022