Board Checklist for Planning Collaboration

This board checklist is a simple guide to typical questions your board will need to ask when considering collaborative working.
Every effort is made to ensure that the contents of this document are accurate, but the advice given should not be relied on as a definitive legal statement.

Collaborative working usually means joint working by two or more organisations in order to fulfil their purposes, while remaining as separate entities. Agreements may range from the very informal to the large-scale e.g. for service delivery contracts. Sometimes the decision to work together can lead to a formal merger.

This board checklist is a simple guide to typical questions your board will need to ask when considering collaborative working. Boards and senior executives must act in the interests of their organisation and in accordance with their Memorandum and Articles of Association. This means that they should be satisfied that there are adequate benefits for the organisation and its beneficiaries from working in collaboration with others.