The AES Board is supported by a number of Committees, membership and operational groups.
Board Standing and Strategic Advisory Committees
Each Advisory Committee has an advisory role to the AES Board and is chaired by at least one Board member. The Strategic Advisory Committees focus on the four strategic domains: Cultural Capacity, Pathway, Relationships and Vitality – as per the AES Strategic Plan 2019–2022.
The committees advise on:
• current strategy, e.g. existing Domain priorities, matters referred by the Board
• emergent strategy, e.g. bring new/nascent/emerging issues to the Board’s attention
• operational strategy, e.g. oversee and provide governance for discrete projects these undertaken by project teams whose membership would draw upon the broader AES membership.
All Committee members will have a commitment to, and responsibility for, the following elements of good governance:
• Accountability – taking shared responsibility for the operations and impact of the Committee
• Transparency – ensuring that information about the Committee’s activities is accessible to the AES Board
• Disclosure – being open to scrutiny and dealing effectively with potential conflicts of interest
• Independence – maintaining a collective decision making culture and independence from outside direction or interests
Board Standing Committees
Chair: Carina Calzoni
The purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with regard to financial management of the AES, the management of risk, and the conduct of audit requirements.
Whenever necessary, the Board has the ability to delegate responsibility to an ad hoc complaints committee consisting of Board members.
Board Strategic Advisory Committees
The purpose of the ICDC is to strengthen and build Indigenous and non-Indigenous capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use by:
– guiding and advising the AES Board on the importance of cultural competence in evaluation theory and practice to ensure quality evaluation and best practice; and
– advising the AES on the importance of supporting Indigenous evaluators, senior and emerging evaluators.
Chair: Sharon Clarke email Sharon
Supports the Relationships domain; membership open to members of the AES with the skills to support this domain.
Chair: John Stoney email John
Membership and operational groups
Membership Working Groups
Regional Networks provide networking and seminar events in each region, assist in the planning of the professional learning program, and advise the Board and AES committees on member issues in their region.
Go to Regional Networks section
Operational Working Groups
Ian Patrick email
Wei Leng Kwok email
Specific responsibilities of the Awards and Recognition Working Group are to:
• identify needs for, and design, awards that will contribute to the achievement of the Society’s objects and its strategic priorities
• generate interest in the submission of nominations
• establish and promulgate criteria by which nominations will be judged
• review the quality of nominations in the light of clear and agreed criteria that are consistent with evaluation standards and ethics
• make recommendations to the AES Board concerning the recipients of the awards
• administer the awards process
• manage continuity of the Awards and Recognition Working Group, and succession planning.
Membership of the Awards and Recognition Working Group: composition, appointment, duration
The Awards and Recognition Working Group consists of a number of judges which may vary from time to time, one of whom, in accordance with the Society’s Constitution, is approved annually by the AES Board as Chairperson. A judge may fill the role of Chairperson for a maximum of three consecutive years. Membership of the Awards and Recognition Working Group is determined as follows.
1. Nominations will be requested in accordance with a five-year rolling program of membership.
2. A nominee must have been a member of the AES for at least three years.
3. Nominees must be prepared to commit their time to the annual awards determination process (usually around a week of effort each year).
4. Awards and Recognition Working Group members should reflect the diversity of AES members’ backgrounds and include, to the extent possible, an appropriate gender balance of representatives from Australia and New Zealand, as well as at least one Indigenous member.
5. In the event that no nominations for membership are received or that none of the nominations meet the above criteria, the Awards and Recognition Working Group and/or the AES Board may co- opt the most appropriate person to join the committee..
Strategic Project Teams
Stategic Project Teams are time limited groups, with a clear goal and end point. They are under the auspice of the Board and one or more advisory committee; supervised by one or more advisory committees; and managed by the Chief Executive Officer. Project Teams are representative of the diversity of the AES membership. Wherever possible they are supported by a paid project manager.