Statutory Bodies and Committees

Role of the chair

The key roles of the Chair of a Committee are:

  • Having knowledge of the business of the Committee;
  • Approving the agenda;
  • Managing the meeting: keeping to the agenda, keeping the meeting to time;
  • Ensuring all members have a chance to contribute, especially, for example, inviting comments from student members;
  • Ensuring decisions are reached;
  • Approving the draft minutes;
  • Representing the Committee at other Committees;
  • Appointing members, if required;
  • Taking follow-up action after the meeting;
  • Taking ‘Chair’s action’: decisions between meetings, if this is delegated by the Committee to the Chair under Urgent Business procedures;
  • Some Committees (such as Senate and Council) have formal Schemes of Delegation, which set out specific powers of the Chair or specified officers.