What is the role of a Committee Chairperson?
The Chairperson's role is not particularly outlined in the legislation, however there are responsibilities that are evident the Chairperson is required to do on behalf of the Committee.
The Chairperson has no executive authority to act on behalf of the Committee, however is normally appointed the liaison person between the Committee and/or the BCM and RUM
The Chairperson's main responsibility is to chair and conduct meetings.
As part of the meeting's procedure the Chairperson is responsible for the following:
- Calling a meeting in the absence of the Secretary
- Opening the meeting
- Declaring whether or not a quorum is present
- Ensuring the agenda is followed and order is kept at all times
- Inviting discussion for and against each item of business
- Dealing and identifying any conflicts of interest between parties present on matters requiring discussion or voting.
- Ensuring that restricted matters are not decided by the Committee and that expenditure limits are not exceeded
- Closing the meeting
- At a General Meeting the Chairperson is also required to:
- Know who is eligible to vote
- Rule a motion out of order if required and giving reasons as to why
- Accepts written voting papers at the meeting
- Conducts ballots if required
- Declare the results of voting
The Chairperson does not have a casting vote.