NRT’s highest governing body is the Council of Elders. The chairmen and chairwomen of the conservancies make up the majority, and are joined by institutional members representing county governments, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the private sector. The Council guides NRT policy and is responsible for maintaining high standards of governance and accountability amongst member conservancies. It also appoints eight of the 15-member NRT Board of Directors, who the chief executive officer reports to.
In February 2016, the first ever general assembly of the Council of Elders was held, bringing together for the first time, Chairpersons from almost all 33 NRT community conservancies. The chairpersons of the three Turkana conservancies were unable to attend.
The Council discussed conservancy matters, the recent NRT and NRT Trading board meetings. It was a good opportunity to explore solutions to challenges affecting all conservancies, and share ideas and experiences.