As a Co-operative under the Co-operation Act 1996, John Street is a parent-managed non-profit organisation. In accordance with the Co-operative’s rules, the Board of Management actively encourages all members to participate in all aspects of the management and daily activities of the Co-operative. Each parent becomes a shareholder/member and is eligible to vote at general meetings, stand for election to the board, and take a role in the management of John Street.
Staff members are able to become members/shareholders and vote at general meetings,and can be elected to the Board. Under the rules, parents must compromise at least 80% of the membership of the Co-operative at any one time. Parents and staff with ideas for improving the Co-operative are encouraged to speak to a board member or the Director.
The sections below outline the management structure:
Role of the Board
The Board of Management is responsible for making financial and policy decisions for the users of the Co-operative. Members of the Board make themselves available as practicable for discussion on all issues. The Board meets every month and these meetings are open to staff and parents. If issues on the agenda are confidential, staff members and non- Board members may be asked to leave during the discussion. Under the rules of the Co-operative, non-Board members may not vote at Board meetings.
Joining the Board
The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting for a term of two years on a rolling basis, (four are elected one year, three the next), or as the need arises. All parents are eligible to nominate for the Board. The current offices on the Board are:
- and 4 general members
Annual General Meeting
The Centre’s AGM is held in the second half of the year and all shareholders are encouraged to attend.
The night begins with a social BBQ for parents to meet and chat informally prior to the meeting.
The actual AGM itself allows all shareholders to hear annual reports from the current Board of Management and the Director, financials etc. There is the appointment of the new Board members – either through direct appointment or election – and the opportunity for questions and suggestions from the general members.