GHCT structures were developed to ensure adequate human, financial and material resources to achieve the objectives.
The Board membership was deliberately established to:
Reflect the diversity and range of skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the Trust. Critical Committees were set up within the Board for effective functioning.
Develop a medium and long-term strategic plan to promote a long term sustainable vision for the activities and endowment.
Set priorities for programmes and funding, establish criteria for grants to communities and NGOs, and develop fundraising and communications strategies.
The Trust has a Board as a governing body, and a Secretariat as manager and implementer of Board decisions and directives.
13 member board.
Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian from private and public sector.
USAID Ghana Mission Director is ex-officio member.
No financial benefit beyond out of pocket expenses.
Trustees replaced through nomination and election.
One third of Board retires every 3 years.
Vice Chairperson – Parks Committee.
Vice Chairperson – Monuments Committee.
Conventions for Board Selection
A Chief from the Operational Area.
Technical Experts in architecture, conservation, forestry, museums, archaeology, etc.
Technical Experts in business with philanthropic interest.
Fund raisers and those with donor familiarity.
Influential local personalities.
Descendants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Full Board Meetings
Twice a year.
At least two times a year.
Committee Chairs and local board members.
The various Committees of the Board are:
Provides guidance on the management and execution of the Trust’s activities, monitors progress towards objectives, and ensures that the Trust remains faithful to its mission.
Approves policies related to investment, fundraising, expenditures (including procurement, staff compensation, and operating budget), and disbursement; Plan for fundraising, and ensure sound management of other financial assets; reviews all financial decisions (investment, procurement, and compensation policies), and approves all disbursements for the GHCT. Its recommendations are forwarded to the Executive Committee for review and action
Programmes (Parks and Monuments) Committees:
Establish systems for reviewing and funding proposals, monitor the effectiveness of their implementation, and establish and pursue an advocacy campaign in support of the Trust’s vision and mission.
In recent times, two other Committees have been added: Marketing and Communications and Legal.
The Secretariat carries out activities and instructions and assumes responsibilities assigned to it by the Board.
Provides administrative support to the Board
Implements Board directives and decisions (including a range of activities such as project management, implementation and enterprise development.)
Reviews and monitors financial and management systems including disbursements, and grants.
Liaises with and provides support to statutory bodies responsible for implementing activities.
Manages on-going activities and facilitates the activities of the Board and its Committees including meetings, fundraising and advocacy.
Enterprise assets and activities including canopy walkway, KNPVC and its concessions, Design and Fabrication Centre (DFC), concessions at Museums shops, Fort Saint Jago and GHCT’s product management (post cards, video, certificates of pilgrimage, etc.)
Manages financial assets of the Trust, except endowment, and disburses and accounts for all expenditures.
Manages a clear and transparent system for grant-making to communities and NGOs to promote the objectives of the Trust.