How we're run

General Assembly

The General Assembly consists of the Voting Delegates of the Full Members of CI and must take place at least once in any four-year period.

The functions of the General Assembly are to:

  • elect a President as the chairperson of a General Assembly, the Council and the Board, as provided in these Articles;
  • elect the elected members of the Council to serve until the next meeting of the General Assembly, or for such term as the General Assembly shall determine, in accordance with the provisions of Article 14 or Article 16 of the CI Articles;
  • establish the general policies that the Council and the Board should act upon, and to make resolutions for these purposes;
  • approve or withhold approval from the whole or any part of reports submitted on behalf of the Board;
  • amend the CI Articles as provided for under Article 28; and
  • liquidate CI under the provisions of the CI Articles.



The Council is an advisory body to the Board and its duties are to:

  • nominate the President as described in the CI Articles;
  • co-opt additional members of the Council;
  • appoint the appointed members of the Board of Trustees;
  • fill any vacancies among the appointed members of the Board of Trustees that may occur;
  • advise the Board on:
  1. major policy decisions and strategic plans prepared by the Board;
  2. the search and nomination process for membership of the Council and Board;
  3. the admission, suspension or renewal of Members;
  4. any By-Laws or amendments to By-Laws that are proposed by the Board; and
  5. other matters as requested by the Board. 


In exercising the duty to appoint Trustees the Council shall have regard to the need to ensure diversity and a broad range of representation.

The President is the chair of the Council.

The Council normally meets once in each calendar year, with regular liaison throughout the year when necessary.





The Board

The Board is a smaller body that meets regularly (4 times per year). It is ultimately responsible for CI’s governance, property and funds.

  • The Board has control of CI and its property and funds and ultimate responsibility for its governance. The Board may use all powers of CI that are not by the Companies Act or the CI Articles reserved to members or the Council, including powers to:
  1. make By-Laws and other rules and regulations that are consistent with the Articles and the Companies Act to govern any matter relating to the administration of CI;
  2. establish working parties, committees, standing committees and other groups and stipulate terms of reference;
  3. appoint, reject, revoke or suspend Full Members;
  4. establish different membership categories; and
  5. to appoint, reject, revoke or suspend Members who fall into different membership categories that have been established. 


  • In exercising its powers the Board must consult with the Council on all the matters that are referred to in Article 17.1(e) of the CI Articles. 






The Director-General

The Board works closely with the Director-General.

CI specifically separates the roles of the Council and Board from the day-to-day management of the organisation, for which the Director General Amanda Long and her management team and staff are responsible.

Council members and the Board are not expected to participate in the day-to-day management of CI. However, as member organisations, they do take part in and contribute to CI programmes and campaigns.

For details of individuals and organisations that sit on the CI Council and Board 2015-2019, visit our Who's Who page.


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