Types of Committees

Standing Committee

These committees are created by the standing orders, rules, by-laws or regulations of an organization. They exist & function more or less on a permanent basis (for example, a finance committee, education committee, nomination committee, executive committee). The board usually takes all advice and recommendations from a standing committee

Ad hoc

These committees are appointed or created for a particular purpose or on a short-term basis. The committee is dissolved when the job is complete (for example, a committee appointed to build a playground or plan a conference).


Advisory committees may be standing or ad hoc and are often set up at the request of or on the condition of a funding body.

All types of committees may form sub-committees if the work loads are very heavy or complex in nature