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Governance and Structure

RANZCO is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and is a registered charity in New Zealand (New Zealand Charity Commission registration number: CC53935).

RANZCO is governed by a Board of Directors, elected from among the Fellowship via the RANZCO Council. The Board comprises 11 Fellows of the College and its role is to make strategic decisions about the College and to overseer the finances.

As mentioned, the Board is elected by a Council, which has approximately 50 members. Councillors are drawn, proportionally, from RANZCO’s state and New Zealand branches and from key internal committees, membership cohorts and external organisations. The Council provides strategic advice to the Board.

The Board has a number of important subcommittees including the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nominations Committee. RANZCO has an additional 40 committees made up primarily of RANZCO members. The committees provide advice and materials to support work in education, training, continuing professional development, complaints, code of conduct, policy, advocacy, aboriginal and Torres strait islander matters, Māori and Pasifika matters and international development. The Board also relies on the expertise of the College’s special interest groups (SIGs), which represent the various areas of the eye.

Each Australian state and New Zealand has a branch committee of Fellows, which acts in a similar way to a Board at a local level but without independent legal authority.

The company is managed by a CEO, Dr David Andrews, who provides strategic and operational direction to approximately 30 staff.

For more information, please see the Constitution, By Laws and Policies and the College’s Code of Conduct.

Last updated: July 8, 2019

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