Operating model

4SX will be a social enterprise with highly flexible delivery options. A new legal entity will be formed (probably a company limited by guarantee or possibly a Community Interest Company). As a standalone entity it will have its own board of directors/trustees to provide goverenace. These will be representatives from member organisations and associate members. A proportion would be completely independent.

The day-to-day operations will be undertaken by an executive team. In time this may be people employed by 4SX but intially this function is likely to be contracted out.

The consortium will operate on a 'Hub and Spokes' model with the executive team providing the Hub.

The role of the Hub will be to undertake the following:
  • Tender writing and seeking new opportunities
  • Service design
  • Negotiation
  • Contract management
  • Resource allocation
  • Quality improvement
  • Capacity building of member organisations so that they are better able to meet commissioning/procurement requirements

A feature that differentiates the consortium concept from another large organisation is the diversity of organisations which concievably might be involved with delivering a contract. The hub will manage the clustering of partners to enable innovative solutions to be developed and different contracts to be delivered simultaneously.
 
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