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Global Board of Trustees
The Global Board of Trustees is the governing body of the HROA. It gives dedicated members an opportunity to offer their advice and expertise on how the HROA can create meaningful engagement with its members and advance the state and practice in the field.
The Global Board of Trustees consists of no more than 22 members in good standing of the Association. Trustees’ service terms are three years in length and may be renewed for an additional three years if all expectations of membership have been met. A rotation of members shall be established in such a way that one-third of Board members are up for election each year. Any member in good standing may nominate an eligible member to serve on the Board. Elections are held by the Board each year.
Any global corporate member in good standing may serve on the Board provided there are seats available and the agreed construct is met. Prospective board members should have been a member in good standing for at least two years and have served in an active capacity on a committee or special interest group prior to serving as a trustee.
Board of Trustee members are elected to participate and work in partnership with the Association’s management organization, SharedXpertise, on strategic planning activities designed to maintain and enhance the benefits of membership for all members. To support the Association’s mission, Board members are required to fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:
- Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Association;
- Attend regularly scheduled Board meetings;
- Remain a member in good standing with the Association;
- Help set Association initiatives and offer insights to improve the Association;
- Vote on Association direction;
- Participate and/or appoint individuals to serve on one or more of the Board’s Committees ; and
- Recruit additional members to the Association.
The Global Board of Trustees has five principal officers that make up the Executive Committee: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Chair-Emeritus, and HROA Managing Director. The Chair presides at all meetings of the Board and appoints all Committee Chairs with the advice and consent of the Board. The Vice Chair assumes pro tempore the powers and duties of the Chair should the Chair be absent or unable to act. The Secretary/Treasurer oversees the finances of the Association and maintains its books and records. At least one of the three officers must come from the buyer community. The Board nominates and elects officers to serve for two-year terms. Officers may not serve more than two terms consecutively.
Regional chapters are each governed by a regional board of directors. Regional chapters exist in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Each chapter can join the global Committee’s or Special Interest Groups, and are also able to set up their own Workgroups to supplement their mission as appropriate.
Committees, Special Interest Groups, and Workgroups
The Board of Trustees may establish Committees and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
- Developed to pursue specific goals of the Association;
- Determined by the presiding Board;
- Open to any interested members;
- Hold regular meetings; and
- Have a committee Chairperson(s)
Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
- Developed to promote networking and education for specialized HRO segments;
- Determined by the presiding Board;
- Open to any interested members, though some have limited scope/membership (e.g., Buyer-only groups are for Buyers only—no providers or advisors)
- Hold regular meetings;
- Host special meetings and events; and
- Have a SIG Chairperson(s)
Committees and SIGs may also develop Workgroups under their structure to address action items specifically aligned with the group’s goals. Workgroups are member-managed and operated and do not require the approval of the Global Board of Trustees. On occasion, workgroups may be formed to test potential future Association Committees and/or SIGs.
All Committee, SIG, and Workgroup members are expected to set aside their own commercial interests and act on behalf of the HROA’s membership and the Association’s mission of enhancing the professional standing of the profession of Human Resources. Committees typically meet on a monthly basis and members may be removed if they miss more than two meetings per year. SIGs meet at their own discretion (typically monthly) and establish their own governance and codes of conduct. Committee and SIG charters are subject to periodic review and final ratification by the Board of Trustees.
The diagram below illustrates the structure of the Board of Trustees and its relationship with the its Committees, Chapters, Special Interest Groups and professional staff. For more detailed information about each Chapter, Committee and Special Interest Group, please refer to the navigation above.