In 2014 and 2015, APCOM embarked on a process to change its governance structure entirely from a previous system based on sub-regional representation to a system in which its board members are appointed on a skills and merit basis, after an open call for applications and a nomination and endorsement process. The governance structure is established in a way to do justice to the regional character of the coalition, while on the other hand fulfilling the requirements of the Thailand’s national legislation on non-profit organisations. APCOM’s governance structure has two levels: the main governance body so-called APCOM's Regional Advisory Group (RAG) and a supervisory body APCOM’s Thai Foundation board. From within the RAG, an Executive Committee (Exco) is chosen for the day-to-day governance issues and guidance to APCOM’s Executive Management.
Registration in Thailand: APCOM’s Thai Foundation Board
Having the Secretariat office in Bangkok, APCOM is registered as a non-profit organisation under Thai law. To be officially registered under Thai jurisdiction, APCOM has to be accompanied by a Thai foundation board. The Thailand Ministry of the Interior has prescribed the rules and regulations for setting up of foundations through the legislation of The Ministerial Regulations of Regulations, Operation and Registration of the Foundation B.E. 2545 (2002).
APCOM’s Thai Foundation Board consist of four members. It is the Thai Foundation Board which signs-off and presents the APCOM reports and financial accounts to the relevant ministries and holds responsibility for APCOM’s ongoing registered status. APCOM was registered in Bangkok as a Thai Foundation on 21 April 2014 and has as registration number Gor Thor
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The Thai Foundation Board can be seen as a supervisory body that guards and oversees if APCOM operates within the parameters of the Thai legislation concerning non-profit organisations, charities and foundations. The Thai Foundation Board advises the RAG and Executive Committee (Exco) on any changes in the Thai legal environment that have an influence on APCOM’s registration. The Thai Foundation board also advises the RAG and Exco on any issues concerning the registration of the audits and reports, if needed. The Thai board of the APCOM Foundation is always represented in the Regional Advisory Group and Exco with one member to maintain a strong and on-going link between APCOM’s two governance bodies. APCOM’s Thai Foundation Board members serve on a voluntary basis and do not receive any remuneration for the work.
The current members of APCOM’s Thai Foundation Board are
- Tony Sakulpongyuenyong (Chair)
- Somchai Phromsombut (Vice Chair)
- Paijittra Katanyuta (Director and Treasurer)
- Wattana Keiangpa (Director and Secretary)
APCOM’s Core Governance Body: The Regional Advisory Group
The Regional Advisory Group (RAG) is the core governance body of APCOM. The RAG members are being selected through an application, nomination and endorsement process, based on skills and merits in those fields in which APCOM is working. This does not apply to the representative of the Thai Foundation Board in the RAG. The Thai foundation board members have the right to select from with their board their representative in the RAG. The 7 members in the RAG have voting rights on all issues being brought to vote. The RAG is completed with APCOM Executive Management, the Executive Director (ED) and Deputy Director (DD), who are RAG members ex-officio, without voting rights.
APCOM’s RAG members primarily set out and approve the overall strategic directions of APCOM in order to achieve the organisation’s vision and mission. They lead the strategy development planning process, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of APCOM in reaching its vision and mission through a regular review of the strategy, programmatic results and impact as well as they assure APCOM’s accountability to the Thai ministries on APCOM’s registration and mandate by delivering timely the reports and audits to the Thai foundation board as required for maintaining the registration. Last but not least, the RAG approves organisational policies relating to the work of APCOM in the Asia and Pacific and looks for advice from specific experts for new or revised policies as needed.
Terms of Service of RAG Members
RAG members serve per term of three years, except when a member has to vacate office. His/her replacement will only serve the remaining time in office, before elections are due. RAG members are eligible for re-election after one term, but cannot serve more than two terms in office. APCOM’s RAG members fulfil the position on a voluntary basis and do not receive any remuneration for their work as RAG member.
Eligibility to become a Regional Advisory Group Member
The criteria for being eligible to apply and be selected as a Regional Advisory Group member are:
APCOM’s Executive Committee
- Living in the Asia/Pacific region
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have skills, experience and merits earned in those fields in which APCOM is working and/or bring added value in other ways to the development or growth of the organisation and/or reaching APCOM’s strategic goals and objectives
- The candidate should preferably related to an organisation, however, this is not a necessity
- The candidate should feel strongly attached or represents the interests groups and constituencies APCOM is working with and for
Within the RAG, an Exco is elected for overseeing the day-to-day business and act as a sounding board for the APCOM’s Executive Management. The Exco consists of three elected members (chair, co-chair and secretary), completed with the Thai Foundation Board member, usually the chair of the Thai Foundation board, which makes the total Exco consisting of four members.
The RAG member of the Thai Foundation Board is automatically the treasurer in the RAG and Exco, as ultimately the Thai Foundation Board will need to present the APCOM financial accounts to the relevant Ministries for maintaining and fulfilling the obligations that come with APCOM’s registration in Thailand. The Exco and RAG are serviced by APCOM’s secretariat based in Bangkok.
Current RAG members
The current RAG members are:
- Dédé Oetomo (chair)
- Donn Colby (vice chair)
- Andrew Chidgey (secretary)
- Tony Sakulpongyuenyong (treasurer)
- Scott Hearnden
- Nic Parkhill
- Isikeli Vulavou
The secretariat carries out APCOM’s work under the guidance and direction of the RAG and governing policies as established in the APCOM Constitution. Implementation and development of all operational activities and functions are handled through the secretariat by staff, volunteers, working groups and, if needed, external consultants under the direction of the Executive Management.