CCN has three layers of governance:
Management Committee is the elected body compromising the CCN Chairman and Vice-Chairs from each of the political groups. The group with the largest political representation proposes a candidate for chairman of the network.
Management Committee proposes the annual budget, business plan and audited accounts for approval by CCN Council (see below) and oversee all aspects of CCN day-to-day business.
Executive Committee consists of Management Committee members and ten spokespeople, who are appointed reflective of the political proportionality of the CCN at that time. The network’s vice-chairman nominate spokespeople for policy areas. You can view the network’s latest spokespeople by clicking on relevant policy areas here.
The Executive Committee advises the Management Committee on the annual budget, work programme and overall direction of CCN. Spokespeople are allocated to specific policy areas to lead the delivery of the CCN work programme and act as the network’s voice in the media.
CCN Council is the third part of the organisation’s governance structure. A much larger body of up to 150 councillors, each member council nominates up to four elected members to serve on the CCN Council. Top up places are used to ensure political proportionality.
CCN Council meets four times a year to approve the annual budget, business plan and audited accounts. Members of CCN Council have the opportunity to attendee meetings and engage with high-profile speakers, including government ministers.