Everyone agrees that a lay member has to bring something to the party, but what exactly is that?
The Professional Lay Member provides an understanding of what a lay member is and how to be effective in the role in a practical way. Although the book is primarily aimed at lay members, it is also a general discussion of the strange world of lay members, so it will be of interest to any organisation that uses lay members as part of its governance.
You will see how the lay member’s outsider status confers an independence that empowers them to make a unique contribution to the organisation’s mission and entitles them to be a professional in their own right. This book is part of the process of professionalisation of lay members. Information is provided in a variety of formats including photographs, stories and diagrams so readers can choose what works best for them.