Kate Fleck, Chair of Open College Network NI on what makes a great Chair
I knew that being Chair of a Board can be both challenging and rewarding when I took over as Chair of the Board of Open College Network NI (OCNNI) in January 2016. Having been on the Board for the three previous years, one of these as Vice Chair, I had a clear idea of the sort of Board I wanted to be involved with and lead. For me it was about ensuring that the Board was both effective and active in supporting the CEO and that fully understood its role. It was also important that there was a sufficient and appropriate skills base. Having just emerged from a difficult period, and with the organisation embracing a new strategic plan, there were certainly challenges – but opportunities as well.