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Steering groups

There is no one right way to organise a steering group as management structures and cultures will vary between and within different sectors of employment, It is however, important to have a representative group to steer and drive your action forward. It is also possible to utilise an existing working group or groups to carry out the functions of a steering group as described here,

Some users of the Management Standards approach have set up multiple sub- groups of the main steering group that reflect their specific organisational structure. For example, an organisation may have specific directorates or I departments that have semi-autonomous management structures in such cases the use of sub-groups to steer the process is appropriate.

Who should be part of a steering group?

Typical members of a steering group are:

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What are the key activities of a steering group?

Their main function is to oversee and facilitate the Management Standards project, acting as a project management group or board. Key activities include:

Top tips from users:

"If a structured steering group is used to drive the project, resources can be kept to a reasonable level."
Wrexham Borough Council

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Key roles within the steering group

There are normally two key roles within a steering group:

The 'Project Champion':

The 'Day-to-Day Champion':

After you have set up a steering group, the project should be planned, resources allocated and communications strategies set out with details of how you will engage with staff.

There is a more detailed guide [PDF, 55KB] to setting up and running steering groups here.

Updated 2020-08-03