Terms of Reference
The Project Panel will report to the Board of CIC. In the event of any disagreement the decision of the Board of CIC will be final.
The Project Panel will be responsible for overseeing the establishment, funding, development and completion of all projects undertaken by CIC, which are not part of the membership service or ongoing business activity. (The former is overseen by the Membership Panel and the latter by the Business Panel).
All requests for CIC to host project-based activities, which are outside the Membership Services or ongoing Business activity, will be passed to the Project Panel for approval. The Project Panel will need to be satisfied that the funding and staff resources are in place to host the project and that the project’s objectives fit within the strategic priorities of CIC.
Once approved, progress of project-based activity will be reported to subsequent meetings of the Project Panel, which will have responsibility for signing off on project completion.
The Project Panel will be chaired for two consecutive years by the incoming Deputy Chairman and the Chairman in his/her first year of office. The outgoing Deputy Chairman, the Chairman in his/her second year of office; the Chief Executive and the Honorary Treasurer/Finance Director will be ex-officio members.
Membership of the Project Panel will be appointed annually by the Board of CIC, to include a majority of members who are independent of the projects overseen in that year (ie not the Chairman, Secretary or Funders of any specific project and their steering groups, or similar).
The Chairman, Secretary and Funders of each extant project will be entitled to attend meetings of the Project Panel as observers.
The Project Panel will meet no less than four times per year; and meetings will generally be timed to follow meetings of the statutory board, later on the same day.