APLE is governed by a Board of Directors and Executive Committee and operating under a self-governing system and the principle of representation by means of the General Assembly, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Staff.
The Board provides strategic direction and oversight of the organization’s mission and resources. Each Board member has a duty to steer APLE towards a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, and helping to ensure organizational commitment, action and adequate resources to combat the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Board’s Roles and Responsibilities:
- Determine mission and purpose. It is the Board’s responsibility to frequently review the statements of mission and vision that articulate APLE’s goals, its means of achieving those goals, and it’s primary beneficiaries
- Select the APLE Executive Committee. The Board must undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individuals for the Executive positions. Usually, the main focus of the Board is the Chief Executive Officer or Executive Director.
- Support, supervise and evaluate the Executive Directors. The Board should ensure that the Executive Director has the moral and professional support and supervision needed to further the goals of the organization. If the Board loses trust in the Executive Director, the Board has a duty to act.
- Ensure effective strategic planning. The Board must actively participate in an overall planning of activities in line with the strategy and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
- Oversee and strengthen programmes and services. The Board’s responsibility is to determine that APLE activities are consistent with the organisation’s mission and monitor their effectiveness.
- Ensure adequate financial resources. It is also the Board’s responsibility to ensure APLE raises adequate resources to fulfill its mission.
- Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The Board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensure that proper financial controls are in place.
- Build a competent Board. All Boards members have a responsibility to determine qualifications for candidates, orient new Board members, and evaluate their own performance.
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The Board is ultimately responsible for making sure the organisation meets legal standards and ethical norms.
- Enhance the organization’s public standing. The Board should help present APLE’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the government and community.
Dr. Evelyn Dykes
Board Chairman, Medical Practitioner and Consultant in Global Health
Mrs. Malina Enlund
Acting Co-Chairman, Asia Pacific Safety Manager at Meta
Mr. Nora Lay
Board Member, Attorney at Law and Member of the Legal Counsel at the Cabinet of Ministers
Mr. Eang SengEav
Board Member, CEO of Bluebird International School
Mr. OLIver King
Board Member, NGO Managing Director
Mr. David TChernin
Board Member, Medical Practitioner and Founder of APLE Switzerland
The committee is a management group who develops and oversees the implementation of APLE strategy and program priorities. They perform their duties in accordance with the principle of highest moral, legal and professional conducts that aim to ensure proper performance and delivery.
The Executive Committee also provides support to the Board of Directors and assists with inputs (reports, presentations, updates, etc.) for the Board meeting, discussion or decision.
Each Board member is also assigned as a Board Liaison Member to one or more of APLE’s programs and key activities.
Currently, APLE has established the following committees to oversee the organization’s programs and key activities:
- Criminal Justice Development Program
- Court Support Program
- Community Engagement Program
- Research, Advocacy and Development Program
- Organizational Governance and Professional Development
- Finance and Administration
- Project Development
Criteria for Board Selection
In selecting APLE Board of Directors, the principles below are relevant and should be considered: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Commitment to APLE’s work and vision is vital and the following are taken into account when considering the composition of the Board:
- Commitment to the work and goals of APLE Cambodia
- A diverse mix of skills and personal attributes
- Reputation (in personal and professional settings)
While commitment, a willingness to work together and expertise are some of the most important qualities necessary for Board members to be effective; it is also desirable for APLE to have a balanced Board of Directors in terms of gender and with a diversity of experience, ethnic backgrounds and personal attributes.
Joining the Board means joining a team working hard and with commitment to making APLE Cambodia an even more successful and effective organization.
All staff and board members are required to provide and receive background checks which include criminal check, reference check, verification of prior employment, and credit/suitability check.