The Start Network governance structure

Our Governance and Team Diagram

The Start Network is governed by its Board of Trustees, taking its steer from the membership, which is represented by the Assembly. The Board is responsible for implementing the agreed strategy as well as all other governance matters, such as cost effectiveness and efficiency, brand protection, and oversight of the Sub-Committees and the Start Network Director.

The Assembly is made up of senior representatives from each of the member agencies, acting as an important forum for determining how the Network operates and evolves, and as a sounding-board that ultimately informs the decisions that the Board of Trustees make.

See who sits on the Board and Assembly


There are five sub-committees to the Board with delegated decision-making authorities.

- The Finance and Audit Committee is responsible for due diligence, finance and risk management.
- The Nominations Committee is responsible for Board composition and election.
- The Membership Committee is responsible for overseeing the selection and on-boarding of new Members, as well as developing the membership policy and recommending the annual membership contribution.
- The Start Fund and Start Engage Committees are responsible for the strategic evolution and operational oversight of their specific areas of work, including compliance and reporting.

Other committees and teams

Start Fund Council

Drawing on the Start Fund Committee, the Start Fund Council acts as a forum to allow donors to review their investment in the Start Fund as well as relevant performance information. The Council also has delegated authority from the Board to make changes relating to the Start Fund’s risk management policy.

Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme Board

Within the Start Engage stream of work, the DEPP Board is responsible for reviewing proposals and approving programmes for inclusion in the DEPP (Disaster Emergency Preparedness Programme) portfolio, and for ensuring the strategic direction and effective delivery of these programmes.

Start Team

The Start Team is responsible for ensuring the Start Network and its work streams run efficiently and effectively; functioning as brokers for the membership and providing services that enable the Network to deliver its vision. The Team is led by the Director, who has delegated authority from the Board and is fully accountable for its performance.

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