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 +Steering group
 +The role of the steering group is to manage the start up process,
 +assisted by a development officer. They will prepare any bid for funds,
 +and act as a '​shadow'​ for the final Board of the Trust. While in the
 +early days everyone concerned may well take on some tasks, there are
 +advantages in making explicit the split between policy makers and those
 +carrying out day to day tasks. This is the split betgween Governance and
 +Management, Board and staff. The composition of a steering group will
 +obviously depend on who acts as the initial champion of a Trust. If
 +community interests are promoting the idea of a Trust, they will need to
 +broaden the base of their support. If a Trust is sponsored 'top down'
 +the initial group may be officials, but they should rapidly move to the
 +role of advisers. They will not, generally, be Board members and the
 +longer they take a central role the less likely others are to take
 +ownership of the Trust idea. Useful qualities in members of the group
 +-   ​Strong commitment and some vision of what the Trust may do
 +-   ​Willingness to listen to the ideas of others, and involve them
 +-   ​Acceptability to/​representation of public, private or community
 +    interests, or influence with these
 +-   ​Ability to bid for and secure funds and other resources
 +-   A mix of the main governance and management competences for a Trust
 +Consultants and potential employees of the Trust should not be members
 +of the steering group, but rather act as advisers. This establishes the
 +division between policy and implementation which will operate when the
 +Trust is established with Board and staff.
 +A core of a steering group may form readily from those keen to see a
 +Trust established. However, they may not be representative of the mix of
 +public, private and community interests which should eventually make up
 +the Board. One way of recruiting more steering group members is by
 +running workshops during the start up process to brainstorm and
 +prioritise ideas for Trust projects. After a few workshop meetings it
 +should be possible to identify people who are keen to be centrally
 +involved with the emerging Trust. It may be appropriate to run a seminar
 +for all those involved in the workshops so that a steering group can be
 +formally appointed. If this is done the steering group may legitimately
 +become the first Board of the Trust, and put themselves up for election
 +at the first Annual General Meeting. The steering group must manage all
 +aspects of the start up process, which are outlined in the checklist
 +Among the main tasks and decisions for a steering group are:
 +-   ​Briefing themselves on the nature of Development Trusts
 +-   ​Defining the geographic area to be covered, and name of the Trust
 +-   ​Managing the development officer in carrying out and/or completing a
 +    feasibility assessment
 +-   ​Participating in workshops to develop project ideas, and a seminar
 +    to gain assent for the Trust
 +-   ​Developing the bid document
 +-   ​Determining the constitution of the Trust, and membership of the
 +    Board
 +-   ​Recruiting staff and organising the launch of the Trust
 +© David Wilcox <​>​. Tel +44 (0)1273 677377.
 +Fax: +44 (0)1273 677379. These information sheets may be freely
 +distributed with this attribution,​ but not republished as a whole.
 +[Partnerships Online](../​index) : [The Guide to Development Trusts
 +and Partnerships](../​pguide/​index):​ [other
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