Board Member Training Day June 26th

Boardmatch will be holding a Board Member Training day on the 26th of June 2014 in Dublin City Centre.

This training day provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board members and is tailored towards prospective, new and existing board members looking to strengthen their role on the Board.

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Davy Offices, 49 Dawson St. Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

The full-day training is led by Boardmatch Business Development Manager Fidelma Keogh.

The Trainer
Previous to her role with Boardmatch, Fidelma was based in the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, working with member group Children in Hospital (Irl).Fidelma is a graduate of European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, having also studied at Paris VII, the Jussieu campus of the Sorbonne. She also received a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI) and is currently attending the IPA programme in Governance, as part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) network.

Fidelma has worked in the not for profit sector for 10 years. Previous to this, she worked extensively in Ireland and internationally in the Arts sector for 10 years.

Main topics will include:

  • Role, expectations and liabilities of voluntary Directors
  • Governance and management
  • Information needed by voluntary Directors
  • Board recruitment & stakeholder management
  • Relationships with your Chief Executive and Chair

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at eva@boardmatchireland.ie or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Business community called upon to contribute to good governance of Irish charities

Business community called upon to contribute to good governance of Irish charities


Pictured: Dominick Chilcott British Ambassador, Fidelma Keogh Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland and Tony O’Brien Director General of the HSE.
 
Ireland’s business community can play an important role in promoting good governance within all Irish charities. This was the theme guiding yesterday’s event in the British Ambassador’s Resident hosted by Boardmatch Ireland and Hays recruitment.

Fidelma Keogh, Business Development Manager with Boardmatch Ireland commenting at the event last night noted:

“The traditional business skills of finance, legal or marketing are pivotal for the effective running of charitable organisations. The non-profit sector has become increasingly aware of how vital a role diversity plays in the composition of non-profit Boards, indeed any Board. Having access to those skills from the private and public sector is now critical if the non-profit sector is to remain a vibrant and essential part of Irish society. It essentially creates a win-win situation for all involved; the charity gains from much needed expertise and business individuals gain valuable experience whilst sharing the leadership role.”

Tony O’Brien, CEO of the HSE was amongst those in attendance and addressed the crowd on the current need for effective governance in the charity sector. He noted the valuable contribution which the not-for-profit and voluntary sector makes to wider Irish society and the importance also of ensuring that the sector had proper governance and regulatory structures in place. Referring to the recent issues at the CRC, he also spoke of the important role which organisations, such as Boardmatch Ireland, can play in ensuring that the highest governance standards are implemented and applied by the not- for-profit sector.

Other attendees included CEO of JP Morgan Carin Bryans, CEO of the Ireland Funds Caitriona Fottrell and Dee Ahern, CEO of Barretstown along with the Chief Executives of Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs, Eircom, St Vincent de Paul and the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Many of those in attendance are already offering their skills at charity Board level including Carin Bryans, CEO of JP Morgan who is on the Board of the ISPCA, Christine Heffernan, Head of Corporate Affairs at Tesco who has joined the Board of Threshold and Brendan Jennings, CEO of Deloitte who is on the Board of Paralympics Ireland. All of whom have been matched through Boardmatch Ireland.

Donncha O’Callaghan receives Boardmatch Contribution to Society award

Munster rugby star Donncha O’Callaghan received the Boardmatch Contribution to Society award at the 2014 IRUPA award ceremony, which took place on the 7th of May.

Donncha received the award for the significant contribution he has made to society through his work with UNICEF.

Boardmatch have been working with IRUPA since 2012, and since then, have placed a number of leading rugby stars onto the Boards of charities across Ireland including Shane Jennings, Jonny Sexton and Leo Cullen.

Last places for our Board Member Training on May 22nd

We only have two spaces left for our Board Member Training day which is taking place on the 22nd of May in Accenture, Dublin 2.

This training day provides a comprehensive overview of the role and responsibilities of not-for-profit board members and is tailored towards prospective, new and existing board members looking to strengthen their role on the Board.
 

Cost: 120 Euro p/p

Location: Accenture, Grand Canal Square Dublin 2

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

 
The full-day training is led by Boardmatch Business Development Manager Fidelma Keogh.

The Trainer
Previous to her role with Boardmatch, Fidelma was based in the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, working with member group Children in Hospital (Irl).Fidelma is a graduate of European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, having also studied at Paris VII, the Jussieu campus of the Sorbonne. She also received a First Class in Management for the Community & Voluntary Sector (NCI) and is currently attending the IPA programme in Governance, as part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) network.

Fidelma has worked in the not for profit sector for 10 years. Previous to this, she worked extensively in Ireland and internationally in the Arts sector for 10 years.

Main topics will include:

  • Role, expectations and liabilities of voluntary Directors
  • Governance and management
  • Information needed by voluntary Directors
  • Board recruitment & stakeholder management
  • Relationships with your Chief Executive and Chair

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Eva Gurn at eva@boardmatchireland.ie or call the office on 01-671 5005.

Minister names Charity Regulatory Authority Board

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has formally announced the appointment of the Board for the incoming Charities Regulatory Authority.

Conor Woods, an accountant, senior auditor and chairman of the chartered accountants of Ireland, has been named Chairman of the new Board.

The full Board is as follows:

  • Graham Richard – Charity Commissioner and Consultant
  • Anne Fitzgerald – Barrister and Director at Cork Simon Community
  • Patricia Cronin – Solicitor and Vice-Chairwoman of Transparency International Ireland
  • David Brady – Accountant and Advisor to Charity sector
  • Patrick Hopkins – Accountant and Board Member of SVP
  • Anne Classon – Head of Fundraising at RNLI
  • Fergus Finlay – Barnardos CEO
  • Cynthia Clampett – CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation
  • Tom Costello – Programme Executive with Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Senan Turnbull – Chairman of Think Ahead Advisory Committee, Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Barbara O’Connell – CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
  • Hugh Maddock – Rehabilitation Institute and Rehab Group
  • Sandra Chambers – Tax Specialist
  • Katie Cadden – Solicitor and Former Legal Advisor to the Private Residential Tenancies Board
  • Noel Wardick – Former Head of the International Department at the Red Cross

The establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority was fast tracked in light of the spate of well-publicised controversies to hit the sector earlier this year.

Speaking about the establishment of the new regulator, Mr Shatter said: “This is essential to the restoration and maintenance of public trust and confidence in our charities, whose work across many sectors makes such a crucial and highly valued contribution to our economy and society.”

Source: Irish Times

Charity Commission for England and Wales Appoint new CEO

Paula Sussex has been appointed as the new CEO of the Charity Commission. She will take up the appointment on the 30th of June, replacing Sam Younger who has held the post for the last four years.

Sussex is a qualified barrister and is currently Senior Vice President, Public Sector for CGI which is a leading Information Technology multi-national. She will be paid an annual salary of £125,000 plus pension contributions.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Sussex said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Charity Commission, which has a key role in maintaining public trust and confidence in charity through effective regulation. I believe firmly in the vital role of charities in our society and their power to do good, and I want to play my part by building the Commission into a proactive, efficient regulator of charity.”

Source: Civil Society