APC's governance structure consists of a board of directors (elected by members) and a council, made up of representatives of APC's member organisations. All APC's powers and activities are exercised and managed by the board, with certain powers reserved specifically for the council.
The board and council should govern the organisation so as to ensure long-term sustainable development and growth of APC. All council members and directors are:
Expected to act in a professional manner, thereby upholding the core values of integrity and enterprise with due regard to their fiduciary duties and responsibilities
Responsible for APC achieving the highest levels of professionalism and organisational integrity.
The board of directors is APC's primary governing body. It makes policy and management decisions, and works with the executive director and staff to implement the strategic priorities decided by members. It is formed every three years, when the council elects between four and eight directors from among its members to the board. Directors do not represent their organisations on the board, but are responsible to APC.
The board includes a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer, and may also include other offices as appointed by the board. The executive director is an ex officio member of the board, not elected but included by virtue of being APC's president and chief executive officer.
Each APC member organisation appoints two representatives to a body historically referred to in APC as the council. The council sets APC's strategic priorities and elects the board for three-year terms.
Council meetings take place at least every three years in order to elect directors and address other matters, but can take place more frequently, as needed.