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I think you do need leaders who are passionate about the entity they are leading., most particularly in a not-for-profit environment. those are the folks who have to champion the organization, attract sponsors, government support, etc. Simply having 'governance nerds' might result in a very well run but stagnant organization. Besides, there is the whole matter of elections and how its constitution is written.Actually, you probably need a team who doesn't care about hockey at all, but who are objective and are experts at building good governance frameworks for not-for-profit societies.
The less objective you are, the less useful you will be to this gigantic cess pit IMHO.
My former bargaining unit went through a crisis of governance. It went through a Board housecleaning and hired consultants to help them analyzing and improving the governance; I think it was a law firm that had a specialty in the area.