20 questions directors should ask about governance committees

A properly functioning governance committee will enhance your board's performance. Learn what to ask to better understand the role of the governance committee and build the best one possible.

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Do you know if your board has the right directors? Do you get useful feedback from regular board evaluations? These are just some of the things your governance committee should be helping your board to address.

How have governance committee responsibilities changed?

Governance committees don’t just make sure the board nominates directors with appropriate skills, now they take on additional responsibilities such as:

  • anticipating critical emerging issues
  • recognizing the challenges affecting the board
  • fine-tuning the board’s own make-up, structures and operations

20 Questions Directors Should Ask about Governance Committees offers key points for consideration, including:

  • Who should sit on the governance committee and what skills do they need?
  • How should your governance committee assess potential directors?
  • How long should directors serve on your board?
  • Does your governance committee have a role in chair succession and CEO succession?
  • How can it help your organization to prepare for a crisis?


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