The Chairperson is the head authority figure in the EACD organization. The Chairperson sits at the head of GMC meetings, represents the organization to outside parties in a professional manner, and influences the long-term strategic direction and priorities of the EACD. It is an active role that engages the GMC members, building upon each member’s individual strengths.
The Chairperson is part of the EACD General Management Committee (GMC) and has wide-ranging responsibilities, requiring much more than simply being present at all GMC meetings. The Chairperson shall act as Chair at meetings of the General Management Committee, runs the meeting's agenda to review and approve organizational and financial needs and concerns, sets the tone of these meetings, and influences the long-term strategic direction and priorities of the GMC.
The Chairperson is also part of the EACD Executive Committee, together with the Treasurer and Secretary. As such, the Chairperson works closely together with the Secretary and Treasurer regarding all strategic EACD issues.
Responsibilities and Duties
The EACD Chairperson is responsible for:
The Chairperson may be designated by the GMC and/or Executive Committee as one of the signing officers for certain documents. In this capacity, the Chairperson may be authorized or required to sign or countersign checks, correspondence, applications, reports, contracts or other documents on behalf of the EACD organisation.
The Chairperson is accountable to the GMC and/or the EACD Members (via the Annual General Meeting). The Chairperson is accountable for the stated duties and responsibilities; however, it is not necessarily the Chairperson who carries out the activity.